Boat Licence Course

🚤 Practical Boating
📖 Boat Theory Study
✍ Boat Knowledge Test

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Jet Ski Licence Test

🚤 Practical Boating
📖 Boat Theory Study
✍ Boat Knowledge Test

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Boat & Jet Ski Licence

🚤 Practical Boating
📖 Boat Theory Study
✍ Boat Knowledge Test

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Australian Boating College North Queensland Courses

Important Information

Please Read Before Booking

  • The minimum age to obtain a boat or PWC licence is 16. You can attend a course at 15½ yo as the statement of competency is valid for 6 months.
  • The assessor can provide no advice or assistance to the student while they are conducting their practical assessment(s).
  • We offer practical training sessions, so if you don’t think you’re likely to pass after the 45-60 minutes training you can book this as long as you have completed the Online Theory Course
  • A lesson with us, it’s just like car driving lessons, keep getting them until you can pass.
  • Practical sessions and assessment are only available once the Online Theory Course is completed.
  • To obtain a PWC (Jet Ski) Licence you will need to first hold a RMDL (boat) licence or equivalent.
  • The Boat & PWC Licence Course is available at the same time under the same 4 step process.

Boat Licence Course

Theory & Training Session

  • ONLINE THEORY COURSE
  • THEORY ASSESSMENT
  • PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION IN BOAT (approx 3hr group session)

You will be given the opportunity to practice each task, and the instructor will advise whether they think you are at a competency level to attempt the formal practical assessment. This will be an honest opinion from the instructor, but in the assessment, it will be up to you to complete the tasks without any assistance or help.

ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT FEE $100 per assessment

$315

PER STUDENT

3+ Students $300 ea

Book Course OnlineContact ABC North Queensland

PWC Licence Course (Jet Ski)

Theory & Training Session

  • ONLINE THEORY COURSE
  • THEORY ASSESSMENT
  • PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION IN BOAT (approx 45min, 1 on 1 session)

You will be given the opportunity to practice each task, and the instructor will advise whether they think you are at a competency level to attempt the formal practical assessment. This will be an honest opinion from the instructor, but in the assessment, it will be up to you to complete the tasks without any assistance or help.

ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT FEE $100 per assessment

$215

PER STUDENT

3+ Students $200 ea

Book Course OnlineContact ABC North Queensland

IMPORTANT

You must hold a valid Recreational Marine Driver Licence (Power Boat Licence) otherwise you need to complete the combined Boat & Jet Ski Licence Course.

Combined Boat + PWC Licence Course

Theory & Training Session

  • ONLINE THEORY COURSE
  • THEORY ASSESSMENT
  • PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION IN BOAT (approx 3hr group boat session and 45 min 1on 1 PWC session)

Throughout the practical training, you will be given the opportunity to practice each task, the instructor will advise whether they think you are at a competency level to attempt the formal practical assessment. This will be an honest opinion from the instructor, but in the assessment, it will be up to you to complete the tasks without any assistance or help. For example, many boat ramps have floating pontoons these days, so on your first trip out as a skipper, you need to be able to proficiently bring the boat alongside.
These are the basic skills you need to be competent in.

Practical Training session for 1 HOUR with the trainer on our vessel – $200

$450

PER STUDENT

3+ Students $425 ea

Book Course OnlineContact ABC North Queensland
Let ABC North Queensland get you on the water with the right training.

Practical training takes place on our 6 metre Polycraft “EASY AS” boat and Seadoo Jet Ski, the type of vessels you are more likely to drive.

Boat Licence Townsville & Cairns

Australian Boating College North Queensland Full Training Process

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THE THEORY TRAINING

The Online training covers the theory aspects of safe boating & jet skiing to prepare you for the theory assessment.
You need to complete the online theory course before you attend the practical training session.
The Online Theory course includes multiple choice quizzes (giving you the option to study in your own time at your pace). Revisit the Online Course and quizzes as many times as you like prior to the assessment.

ABOUT THE THEORY ASSESSMENT

After theory training has been completed, a closed book theory exam is done. You are allowed 45 minutes (50 multiple choice questions)
– Pass mark for the 50 multiple choice questions standard Maritime Safety QLD exam, is 100% with two attempts allowable on the same day. If any of the questions are answered incorrectly, you will need to undergo further training on those sections (same day) and you will then be given a chance to redo these questions (2nd and final attempt that day).
– If unsuccessful on the 2nd attempt, the student is deemed not yet competent, come back to us for further training, and for reassessment on another day
– Reattempt theory assessment on another day is charged at $100 per theory assessment (allows for 2 attempts again on this day).
There is no limit on the number of reattempts you can do, bearing in mind that only 2 attempts on the same day are allowed and that you will pay an assessment fee to us on each day you attempt the assessment to cover the instructor’s time.

The practical training takes place on one of our vessels and covers how to do a variety of tasks every skipper needs to be able to do such as
– Man overboard, berthing, maneuvering at low and high speeds, general navigation on water, and emergency stops.
– You will be given the opportunity to practice each activity, and the instructor will advise whether they think the student is at a competency level to attempt the formal practical assessment. This will be an honest opinion from the instructor, but it will be up to you to successfully complete the tasks without any assistance or help.
– For students who have never driven a boat before, multiple training sessions will probably be needed, depending on the student’s aptitude.
– Our upfront fee includes practical training on the water between 45-60 minutes training per person (group session 3 people) for
the various tasks you will be assessed on, giving you the opportunity to learn as you watch other people as well as practice yourself.
– When you can do each of these tasks without any assistance or guidance by the trainer, you will be ready to attempt the assessment.

You may not be competent in driving the boat / PWC in just one day Additional practical on water training session(s) may be required if unsuccessful in performing the required tasks for assessment.
This is charged at $200 per hour and includes the instructor and vessel.
Discuss scheduling for this with your instructor.
These training sessions are available prior to assessment, after you have completed the Online Theory Course first, giving you the time to practice in a friendly and supportive environment. Our instructor will demonstrate how to do the variety of tasks every Skipper needs to be able to do.

ABOUT THE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

Each student needs to pass a formal practical assessment without assistance or guidance from the Trainer.
– You will not be able to complete the practical assessment until you have passed the theory assessment.
– Only ONE attempt at each practical task is allowed under assessment conditions per day.
– So if you run over a float during the man overboard task, or don’t obey a regulation; then just like a car licence test, you can’t be passed on the day, your assessment will immediately cease.

If you are unsuccessful in the practical assessment, you can pay for a further training session(s), giving you the time to practice the required tasks again until you are ready for the next attempt of the Practical Assessment ($100 is charged for each additional assessment)

We can provide additional practical training if required or were unsuccessful at the Practical Assessment, Practical Training session for 1 HOUR with the trainer including our vessel – $200 (you must have completed the Online Theory Course prior to any Practical Training)

When you have successfully completed the theory and practical assessments, we will provide the statement of competency and Licence application form to take into Qld Transport to obtain your licence.

Click to view the Licence fees for RMDL and PWCL charged at Qld Transport

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Student Testimonials

Jason was very helpful instructor, he took the time to teach and demonstrate both the theoretical and practical side of the course to a high standard. Overall, it was a very knowledgeable and enjoyable day! I would recommend to anyone.

Jack M.

The instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable, the coarse was good and fun I would highly recommend this place.

Darren E.

My husband and I both did this course. Jason is a fantastic teacher. I was really worried about the theory but Jason made it easy to understand. The best part of the day was out on the boat rescuing Wilson. Highly Recommend. Thank you.

Pauline

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