Bareboat Briefing in the Whitsundays

Bareboat briefing staff and radio operators in the Whitsundays are required by legislation (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983) to be appropriately qualified and registered with GBRMPA.

The role of the bareboat briefer and radio operator are to ensure charterers can conduct their trip in an environmentally sustainable and safe manner. To promote and encourage safe and environmental best practices, briefing staff and Radio Operators require an understanding of the natural environment and local knowledge of the Whitsunday area applicable to bareboat charters. The Bareboat Briefer has a key responsibility to assess the competency of charterers' boating skills to determine whether or not a sail guide may be required for the charter, and consequently ensuring the safety of the charterer and their passengers, the vessel they have chartered, and the unique environment they have come to experience.

A bareboat briefing course delivered through the unit of competency BSBCMM201 Communicate in the Workplace is being delivered in the context of the Bareboat Briefers Learning Guide. You will learn about communication, marine safety and emergency procedures, the Whitsundays area, Marine Park management and best practices. Your knowledge and skills will be tested by short assessments including a practical on-board assessment.

As part of completing BSBCMM201, you will be required to attend information sessions and complete a range of assessments. Your knowledge and skills will be tested by short assessments which may include an assignment, oral and practical on-board assessment.

For details of approved Registered Training Organisations that can deliver this unit of competency in the context of the Bareboat Briefers Learning Guide, please contact GBRMPA on 4750 0700 or email Once you have successfully completed the unit of competency BSBCMM201 and all the required assessments, you will receive a Statement of Attainment.  

To meet the training requirements for bareboat briefers and radio operators in the Whitsundays, you must also hold some additional qualifications:

  • If you are a briefer, you are also required to hold a Marine Radio Operators Certificate and an Australian Yachting Federation (AYF) Inshore Skippers Certificate (or equivalent), a restricted coxwain's licence (if briefing for bareboats less than 15 metres long) or a restricted master class 5 licence (if briefing for bareboats at least 15 metres long).
  • If you are a radio operator, you must also have a Marine Radio Operators Certificate.

If you qualify as a registered bareboat briefer or radio operator, you will receive a pocket-sized card from GBRMPA verifying that you are appropriately qualified.

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Whitsunday Bareboat Briefers Register

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