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Motor Cruising


(Published December 2013, last reviewed with no updated 2018)

What is motor cruising?

Motor cruisers are boats powered by an engine. They can include accommodation.

What is a motor cruising permit?

The adventurous activity permit scheme is designed to ensure that only people with the relevant skills and experience lead adventurous activities for the young people. Therefore all activities classed as adventurous can only be lead by someone holding the appropriate permit. A motor cruising permit is required for all motor cruising taking place in any class of water.

Levels of permit

Permits for Motor Cruising can be issued for any class of water. Each class of permit can be further restricted (such as through size of vessel, restricting to only operating during daylight hours etc.) to end up with an individual permit to the level of the competence and requirements of any person.

Types of permit

There is one type of permit available for motor cruising. This is:

Leadership – Allows the permit holder to lead motor cruising for a single boat.

Permit limitations

Leadership – If you have permit to lead motor cruising then you can look after only one boat at a time. You will need to remain onboard the boat whenever it is underway.

Rules relating to motor cruising

Rule 9.7 Adventurous Activities Permit Scheme

Rule 9.8 Adult Groups Undertaking Activities

Rule 9.13.1 All Water Activities

Rule 9.13.2 Life Jackets and Buoyancy Aids

Rule 9.13.3 Classification of Waters

Rule 9.13.5 Boats

Rule 9.13.6 Charter Vessels

General activity rules

Rule 9.1 All Activities

Rule 9.6 Use of External Centres and Instructors