Our boat and jet ski licence courses provide the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to operate a recreational vessel safely. The courses are conducted in a combination of online theory and face to face practical training in preparation for an individual practical assessment.

Boat (RMDL) and Jet Ski (PWC) Licence

From the 1st October 2020 a boat licence is gained through completing the following steps.

To gain a boat licence in Queensland, the following steps are completed.

1. Completing the online theory course.

The online theory course for the Recreational Marine Drivers Licence (boat) is completed at your own pace though our structured online learning software. Whether you’re a novice, have had previous experience on the water or would like to complete a refresher course, this course will provide you with the basic knowledge to safely manage a recreational vessel. Topics covered in the theory session include: Trip Planning, Navigation, Weather/Tides and Emergency Management.

2. Attend a practical training and assessment session.

On completion of the online theory course, the next step is to attend a practical training and assessment session. On the day of this session, students complete a written assessment which involves a 50 question multiple choice theory assessment (45mins to complete) with a 100% pass requirement. On successful completion of the written assessment, the practical training and assessment involves an on-water practical session which includes demonstration, practice and assessment of tasks. To be deemed competent, students must successfully complete all tasks to basic proficiency standard.

Some of the practical activities you will need to be competent in are:

• man overboard drill

• Safely approach a floating object

• port and starboard turn on and off the plane

• figure 8 manoeuvre on and off the plane

• berthing and unberthing

• general navigation and control of the ship

• operate at 6 knots or less.

As per Boatsafe requirements, once you have completed the online theory component, you have three months to complete the practical training and assessment day. If you don't book within this time frame your theory certificate will expire and the course will need to be completed again.

We encourage you to practice driving a boat with another licenced skipper before arriving at a BoatSafe course - you may not be competent in driving the boat in just one day.

Total cost of the combined boat and jet ski licence is $450.

This fee is split into two payments. On registration of the online course $250 will be charged. The remaining payment of $200 is made on the day of your assessment.

Online Course

Our online course covers all of the theory needed to complete your boat licence. Benefits of this option include the flexibility to complete this in the comforts at home in a time frame that best suits.

Combined boat and jet ski

You can complete your boat and jet ski licences in the one course. Click below to visit our boat and jet ski licence course page.

Course Dates

Our main training room is located at office #50 in Gold Coast City Marina. Full airconditioned facilities with an easy walk onto the marina and departure to the Coomra River. Courses run every week, check out our dates.

Advanced Practical Sessions

If you would prefer an extended training session, we are able to offer a range of further training rides with the Broadwater and Southern Moreton Bay. Email or call to discuss these sessions.

Our Team Members

Our team will help you get out on the water safely by providing the knowledge and experience we have developed from working in the marine environment. We pride ourselves in offering the quality training resources that enable us to achieve best learning outcomes.

Luke Stratton

Owner and principal trainer with over 20 years experience in training within the marine industry. Has a love of all things marine.


Classtime is a 6.5m rigid inflatable powered by a 150Hp Evinrude Etec. Surveryed for 9 persons in current AMSA 2C survey.

Seadoo Gti

Our training PWC is a seadoo 130Hp Gti 3 seater. With IBR and OPAS, this pwc is perfectly suited to the training environment.


BJ is a 4.5 Stessco side console powered by a 60 Hp Evinrude Etec. BJ is the perfect training vessel for the rivers and creeks such as Tallebudgera Creek.

Training Room

Our training room is based at Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera with direct access onto the Coomera Rivera and Southport Broadwater.

Why Us?

We offer the most comphrehensive boat and jet ski licence courses available to ensure your time on the water is safe.

Where We Are Right Now

Office #50, GCCM, 76-84 Waterway Dr, Coomera, 4209

Telephone 0402 413 423 • www.safeboating.com.au • info@safeboating.com.au

Upcoming Courses

Our courses run every week from a range of venues across the Gold Coast. For further course locations please make contact to arrange a session.

Boat and Jet Ski Licence Courses - Coomera

Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday

These sessions are conducted at our main training room located in Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera. These courses can be completed by either face to face sessions in the classroom or by completing the theory component of the course online. Practical sessions are conducted on the Coomera River which is perfectly suited training environment.

Click here to register for online courses

Boat and Jet Ski Licence Courses - Tallebudgera Creek

Wednesday 3.30pm or Saturdays/Sundays

These sessions are conducted from our training room at Tallebudgera Creek. Courses completed at Tallebudgera Creek are typically done by completing the theory component of the course online although full face to face courses can be arranged. Practical sessions are conducted on the Tallebudgera Creek, Broadbeach Waters or on the Nerang River.

Click here to register for online courses