In Queensland, it is required that you have a boat licence (also called a marine licence) if you are operating a vessel that has an engine power greater than 4.5kW.
It is also important to remember that in QLD a boat (known as a Queensland regulated ship) should only be used for recreational activities (including school, surf lifesaving or community) and not be used for any commercial, business or trade activities.
If you have someone else on board that holds a valid boat licence, an unlicensed person is allowed to operate the vessel provided that the licensed supervisor takes control in case of emergency.
If you are towing a person for activities such as water skiing, tubing or wakeboarding, you must hold a valid boat licence.
Your QLD boat licence will never expire.
How To Get A Boat License In QLD
To be eligible for a boat licence you must:
- be 16 years or older
- pass a BoatSafe course or have a valid interstate or overseas boat licence
After successfully completing your BoatSafe course, your training provider will give you a statement of competency which you will need when you submit your application for a Queensland boat licence.
Be aware that your statement of competency will only be valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
Applying For A QLD Boat License
Be sure to take your:
- completed marine licence application
- original & current statement of competency from your BoatSafe provider.
Pay the licence fee and you will be issued with a marine licence indicator card. If you are the holder of a Queensland driver’s licence, you will be sent a new card with your boat licence printed on the back.
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