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.