Boating operations from AAD stations must be approved by the station leader. Boating operations are only conducted for scientific, logistic, training or emergency purposes.

Using a single inflatable rubber boat (IRB) or rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in Antarctica can be hazardous, even near the stations, due to unpredictable offshore winds. An engine failure, even close to shore, on a windy day, can be very dangerous. Because of this, all single engine boats must be operated in tandem except under special circumstances.

IRB/RIB, barge and work boat operators must hold a Coxswain I certificate. IRB/RIB operators need to complete an AAD IRB/RIB driving course. Operators should familiarise themselves with procedures specific to their vessel.