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Pelican Waters QLD - Boating and Fishing
Marine Driver’s licence
A valid licence is required to operate all recreational boats powered by a motor of more than 4.5KW (over 6hp).

ABC Boating offer courses and information, see below for their contact details.

Valid licences include:

  • Recreational marine driver’s licence
  • Recreational ship master’s licence
  • Speed boat driver’s licence
  • Current commercial marine licences – for example coxswain
  • Current interstate boating licences issued in other states (excludes junior licences)
  • PWC licence.

To obtain a Recreational Marine Driver Licence you must:

  • Be aged 16 years or older
  • Provide satisfactory proof of identity (a photographic Queensland driver’s licence (current or expired less than two years is acceptable as evidence)
  • Undertake an approved Boat Safe Course.

Licences are issued for a lifetime.

A paper licence is not issued as details are attached to a person’s details in the Driver’s Licence database.

Confirmation reports can be obtained for a fee and should be carried when boating interstate.

Unlicensed drivers may drive a boat (where a licence is needed) provided a licensed driver is on board and is able to take immediate control.

Unlicensed drivers are NOT allowed to tow a person (such as a water skier).

Interstate visitors must comply with Queensland’s licensing regulations. Queensland recognises other states’ licences.

If your home state does not have any licensing requirements, you should obtain a Recreational Marine Driver’s Licence before boating in Queensland.

ABC Boat & PWC Licenses.
Contact: 0427 110 025



The College offers boating courses from Caloundra Marine - 14 Baldwin St, Caloundra. 

Darryn has an Open Coxswain and a long history in the marine industry, ranging from managing charter fishing vessels on Hamilton Island, to running a successful marine dealership. He's now putting that experience to good use by sharing it with students. His wife Leanne manages the office and bookings.

Practical training is done on the Pumistone Passage.
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