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SDBA Helm Accreditation

SDBA conducts a few sessions of SDBA Helm Accreditation in a year.

The purpose of this is not to train helms but to accredit helms who have demonstrated a level of capabilities and having able to competently helm a crew. The training of helms is the responsibility of the respective affiliates.

All candidates applying for the SDBA Helm Accreditation must:
  • Required to submit a valid Standard First Aid Certificate (which includes CPR and AED component) upon successful completion of the Accreditation scheme; and
  • Be able to swim a minimum 50m distance (in any swimming technique) in light clothing with and without a Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

During COVID19 Reopening Phase period, the size of dragon boat crew was reduced hence to meet COVID19 control measures hence SDBA introduced the Small Crew Basic Helm (SCH) accreditation which permitted Helms to control the COVID19 period sized boats.

Post COVID19 period as designated by the Authorities, the SCH Helm will be required to convert their SCH to full accreditation Basic Helm License (BHL). Notices on the Small Helms conversion sessions will be sent out to members when these sessions are confirmed.

The following are the scheduled course date for the year:
S/N Date Remarks Application Form
1 30 Jan 2024, 6:30pm – 10pm (Theory)

3 Feb 2024, 8am – 4pm (Practical)

Full Helm Accreditation

  • Session 1 Theory
  • Session 2  Practical
SDBA Basic Helm Accreditation Jan 2024

Submit by 2pm, 24 Jan 2024

2 24 Apr 2024,  6:30pm – 10pm (Theory)

27 Apr 2024 , 8am – 4pm (Practical)

Full Helm Accreditation

  • Session 1 Theory
  • Session 2  Practical-
SDBA Basic Helm Accreditation April 2024

Submit by 2pm, 17 Apr 2024


An overview and the workings of the accreditation will be introduced, followed by a short-written assessment in Session 1 and a practical test in water in Session 2.

Course Fees : $218.00 (Inclusive of 9% GST)
Venue : Kallang Water Sports Centre, 10 Stadium Lane

Please note that slots will be filled on a first come first served basisDO NOT make payment together with your application. SDBA will inform successful applicants to make payment by a specific date.

You may contact Ms Sharon Ng @ sharon.ng@sdba.org.sg for clarification.