Using Ducks and Tenders

Every summer we have new surprises as to what happens to our ducks and this frustrates Members who understandably have expectations around the use of our ducks.

To use a duck, a member must be registered to use it. See link below

There are three operating modes for ducks and tenders indicated by these flags on the flagpole:

– Flag F – Flinders – after hours / low usage

  • Two ducks available on Flinders moorings –
  • Members need to haul out on the Flinders mooring after using.


 – D Flag Ducks on the jetty / before an Aggregate / mid level usage

  • 2-4 Ducks allocated to the jetty that can be used and left on the jetty after use (do not need to be hauled out on a Flinders Mooring)

 – T Flag – Tender Service operated by the Bosuns – high usage

  • A number of Bosuns will be operating a tender service.
  • Before each Aggregate Couta Boat Race and on other days of high demand during peak season, a Bosun will be available on VHF 73.

When using a duck, the expectation is that it is to go to your boat for  a few minutes and then come back.

If you need to be on your boat longer, ask another Member to take you out and call them on VHF when you need to come back.

The following limitations apply unless approved by the Sailing Manager (or delegate):

  • Ducks are not to hang off a boat for more than 5 minutes
  • Ducks are not to be left on Member’s moorings
  • Ducks are not to leave the SSCBC vicinity (Eastern Sister, Baths, 50m past the 5 knot zone)
  • Ducks are not to be used for joyriding
  • Ducks are only to be used by Members or approved contractors
  • The Operator must carry their Marine Licence and wear a PFD
  • You must be registered on the safety register with your name, mobile number and emergency contact details. Click here to request registration.