Boat Licence CourseThe fresh sea breeze, the cool spray, the need for skis or the thrill of a catch... whatever calls you out onto the water, this course will get you there.
Online Video Theory Course
Short weekend prac in Redcliffe
Small, supportive classes
- Cost $320 includes first practical assessment fee
- Reassessment fee $110 includes training and assessment
- Online theory course approx 4.5hrs at home
- Theory exam on the day of the on-water training – max 45mins
- Practical on-water training – approx 1hr
- Practical on-water assessment – approx 0.5hr
We encourage you to practice driving a boat with a licenced skipper before arriving at a BoatSafe course – you may not be competent in driving the boat in just one day.
If you don’t have access to a boat and licenced skipper please contact us to discuss additional training sessions.
This video shows the tasks you are required to be competent in.
Quite simply, this is the course you need to acquire your Queensland Recreational Marine Driver’s Licence (Boat Licence) to master a recreational power boat with a motor of 6HP or greater.
The boat licence course incorporates
- online video theory learning and an online practice quiz,
- a final multiple choice theory assessment (50 questions)
- practical training and assessment on the boat
You must successfully complete all tasks on the boat and pass the theory exam at 100% to be deemed competent. But don’t panic, our skilled instructors are here to support you in developing the required competence levels to pass your assessments.
Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll learn in the power boat licence course:
- Planning your trip
- Understanding marine safety, legal obligations and seaworthiness
- Main parts of a small recreational boat
- Boat maintenance
- Safety equipment and pre launch checks
- GPS systems and determining position
- Applying COLREGS system of navigation to prevent collision at sea
- Weather and tides
- Responding to marine emergencies and incidents
In addition, the practical component on our vessel includes explanation, demonstration, practice and assessment of the following activities:
- Manoeuvres at slow speed – 6 knots or less, Port and Starboard turns and figure 8
- Manoeuvres at speed (on the plane) – Port and Starboard turns and figure 8
- Man overboard drill
- Safely approach a floating object
- Emergency stop
- Berthing and unberthing
- General navigation and control of the boat
When/How do I get my boat licence?
On successful completion of the boat licence course, you’ll receive a Statement of Competency (SoC). It’s like an official piece of paper verifying that you have passed all the necessary theory and practical assessments, but IT’S NOT A BOAT LICENCE!
To acquire your Recreational Marine Driver Licence, you must present your SoC at a Transport and Motoring Service Centre (better known as Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre) within 6 months of issue at which time you will pay further govt. charges equal to approx. $114.90 per licence as at 01 July 2020.
Again, your statement of competency (SoC) is not a boat licence or even a temporary licence. If you get pulled over by the Water Police with no licensed person on board and you pull out your SoC, no excuse will be good enough. You will receive a fine.
Do you run courses mid-week?
What is the minimum age to attend this course and get your boat licence?
What if I fail the course?
Once we get on the water your instructor will demonstrate each task you are required to perform on your practical assessment and hand the helm to you to practice and develop your confidence until both you and your instructor feel you are ready to undertake your assessment. We expect this would take between 45 minutes and 1 hour for each person.
The on water-practical assessment is a formal assessment where you must demonstrate your competence to drive a boat without any assistance from your instructor. You are provided with one practical assessment attempt on the day. If you are judged to be not competent in any of the tasks you will be required to come back for more training and another assessment on the elements that you were not competent in.