Boat Licence Course

About the Course

The course covers the following topics:

  • Pre boating checks
  • Trip planning
  • Navigation, tides, buoyage & vessel lights
  • Man over board drill
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety equipment regulations
  • Safety equipment operation
  • Practical on water assessment
  • Weather
  • Powers of authorised officers
  • Masters duty of care
  • Licence & vessel registration regulations
  • Water-ski regulations
  • Anchoring, mooring & docking
  • Launching & retrieving

PWC Course

To obtain a PWC licence you need to have first obtained your Recreational Marine Drivers Licence (boat licence).

There are two aspects to obtaining your PWC licence:

  1. Theory
  2. Practical

1. Theory - To prepare for the PWC licence multiple choice assessment questions, please view our PWC study material [PDF, 230k], and study it. It contains the theory information you need for your PWC assessment.

2. Practical - When ready to go for your PWC licence test, please contact our closest training centre to arrange a time. You can provide your own PWC (must provide proof of insurance), or many of our areas have PWC's available.

If you have never ridden a PWC we'll train you how to operate it, and in a constructive process bring your skills to the required level. We'll be on the water with you, either on an attendant PWC or boat, or on your PWC, and be able to offer advice and instruction. Allow an hour and a half for the assessment and administration


At the conclusion of the QLD PWC Licence Course you'll receive a Satisfactory Course Completion Certificate which can be presented to Queensland Transport to obtain your PWC licence.

Navigation Course

Also the Navigation course is designed for those wishing to make offshore trips and for those making extended coastal passages. We've included the most useful topics for recreational purposes, from the more intensive commercial courses eg Coxswain

It lasts for 6 hours in a classroom environment, usually running over two evenings. Cost is $150

You'll gain the crucial navigation skills necessary to safely navigate a boat in open waters.
Topics include:

  • How to plan your trip
  • Necessary charts, instruments & publications
  • Compass usage
  • How to work out your position
  • Latitude & Longitude
  • Safe anchorages
  • Distance, speed, time & fuel calculations
  • Basic electronics including GPS, radar, etc

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance, and have expertise to safely navigate your boat.

The course is conducted by a commercial skipper who is an Australian Boating College instructor.


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