Queensland Recreational Marine Drivers’ Licence (Boat Licence)

COVID Restrictions – Refer to current public health and social measures and face mask requirements across Queensland
Please be aware that as the practical assessment venue is at the Whitsunday Sailing Club we come under the Restrictions for unvaccinated people, the current advice is from December 17 2021. The applicable directive from Qld Health is Unvaccinated people will be unable to: attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes.

Course assessment dates 2022
5, 19         March
2, 9, 23         April
7, 21         May
4, 18         June
2,16,30     July
13, 27       August
10, 24       September
8, 22        October
5, 19        November
3, 17        December

8am –  1pm

Classroom theory assessment and practical assessment on the water

Course fee (2022)

Entry requirements
Minimum age 16 years 

Some knowledge of recreational boating

The Queensland Marine Drivers Licence Theory is now delivered online

To access the course please follow the below link to book, pay and complete the compulsory theory component of the course: WMTC QRMDL and PWC Licence Booking Form

This allows you to complete the boat licence theory component of the course in your own time on the internet, leaving only a multiple choice assessment and practical component on a course date.

Online Bookings via https://www.olsaust.com.au/purchasecourse/16649

Once you complete the theory component please call us on 07 4946 6710 to book your place for the Theory Assessment and Practical Training and Assessment on the water.

Upon course completion participants receive a certificate which can then be presented at Transport and Main Roads customer service centres.

A recreational marine drivers licence entitles the holder to operate a recreational vessel powered by a motor greater than 4.5kW/6hp
The BoatSafe course is a competency-based course that covers theory and practical elements of operating a boat.

Queensland Recreational Boat Licence

Issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre
Licence issued upon payment of a fee  of $116.85

What to bring
Photo ID

Pen and notepad
Sun-smart clothing including wet weather gear (if raining or windy)
Shoes that can get wet

What a recreational boat licence BoatSafe course offers
This course covers theory and practical elements including the following units:
preparing a recreational vessel for operation
applying international and state regulations relevant to the operation of a recreational vessel
assessing weather conditions and forecasts
operating mechanical and electrical appliances of a recreational vessel
manoeuvring a recreational vessel
applying safety management processes on a recreational vessel.

You will be required to complete:
online or face to face theory training
50 question multiple choice theory assessment (45 minutes to complete)—100% pass requirement
practical training driving the boat (until you are competent in all tasks)
practical assessment—you must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent.

Some of the practical activities you will need to be competent in are:
man overboard drill
safely approach a floating object
port and starboard turn on and off the plane
figure 8 manoeuvre on and off the plane
berthing and unberthing
general navigation and control of the ship
operate at 6 knots or less.

For more information or to book please call Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre on (07) 4946 6710 or email info@whitsundaymaritimetraining.com.au 

Maritime Safety Queensland

Department of Transport    

Boatsafe Workbook 

QLD Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide

IALA Buoyage System A

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