Recreational Boat Licence

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.

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



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 a position
  • Applying the 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:

  • Maneuvers at slow speed – 6 knots or less, Port and Starboard turns and figure 8
  • Maneuvers 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

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 the Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre) within 6 months of issue at which time you will pay further govt. charges.

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.