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Who Needs Their Marine Boat Licence?

Course Schedule

Weekdays

  • Wednesdays
  • 6pm-10pm

Weekends

  • Sundays
  • 9am-1pm

How to Get Your Marine Licence and combined PWC / Jet Ski Endorsement

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It’s easy! Book your licence training course and learn all you need to know. At the course, complete and pass the Transport Safety Victoria test (as an option take the PWC / Jet Ski Endorsement test too). Your instructor will mark your test right there and then. A pass means you receive your TSV Certificate straight away. When you go to VicRoads, present the certificate, pay your licence fee, have your photograph taken and then you are a licenced boat operator.

7 Easy Steps to Your Boat Licence

  • Book your licence course (boat or PWC / Jetski)
  • Send your registration form
  • Take the 4-hour course
  • Pass the TSV test (& PWC test) and get your TSV certificate
  • Take the Certificate to VicRoads
  • Get your licence
  • Drive your boat or jetski!

Boat Licence Training Locations: Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland

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Course Scheduling

Can’t Find a Suitable Course Date?

Can’t find a Victorian Boat Licence / PWC course date or a location that suits you? Our courses run at set locations and according to sufficient demand.

  • Minimum 6x participants
  • Register with one week’s notice, sometimes less, pending availability and venue arrangements
  • Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Gippsland
  • Courses cannot be conducted in private residences or dwellings, course venues must meet strict guidelines

Please contact us with your requirements, location and preferred dates/times.

Your Trainer

Boat Licence Trainer

WaterMaarq Boat / PWC Licence training is provided by qualified Skipper, Trainer and Charter Boat Operator, Marlon Quinn. Learn from a local professional who lives and works on the water.

Looking for practical training? Personalised power boat launching/retrieval and handling training available. Please contact us with your enquiry.

Transport Safety Victoria Requirements

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You need a marine licence (also known as a boat licence) to be the master of a recreational powerboat in Victoria.

Anyone operating a powered recreational vessel on Victorian waters requires a marine licence. This includes paddle craft (kayaks, canoes etc.) and sailing boats fitted with a motor, regardless of engine size. You must carry your licence with you when operating a vessel.

The Marine Safety Act makes it an offence to be a master of:

  • personal watercraft unless the person holds – and has in their possession – a marine licence endorsed for this type of recreational vessel.

Licences are only issued for a period of five years.

What's Next?

Learn with an instructor all there is to know to pass your licence test:

  • BOOK now in a Marine Licence Training course using the booking window below
  • See the tabs below for more detailed information
  • Fill in and return the MTS Enrolment Form (pdf)
  • (Optional) Download an electronic copy of the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook
  • Once your booking is confirmed you’re all set to begin learning for your marine licence
  • Browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

One session is all you need. Marine Training Services are Transport Safety Victoria approved (RTO 4653) to provide the training & assessment for the compulsory Victorian Marine Licence & PWC (Jet ski) endorsement. You will learn extra skills & be a safer boat operator.

With our certificate, you do not need to sit the VicRoads exam.

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Who Needs Their Boat Licence?

You need a marine licence (also known as a boat licence) to be the master of a recreational powerboat in Victoria.

Anyone operating a powered recreational vessel on Victorian waters requires a marine licence. This includes paddle craft (kayaks, canoes etc.) and sailing boats fitted with a motor, regardless of engine size. You must carry your licence with you when operating a vessel.

The Marine Safety Act makes it an offence to be a master of:

  • registered recreational vessel unless the person holds – and has in their possession – a marine licence
  • personal watercraft unless the person holds – and has in their possession – a marine licence endorsed for this type of recreational vessel.

Licences are only issued for a period of five years.

What Training Do I Need?

One session is all you need. Marine Training Services are Transport Safety Victoria approved (RTO 4653) to provide the training & assessment for the compulsory Victorian Marine Licence & PWC (Jet ski) endorsement. You will learn extra skills & be a safer boat operator.

With our certificate, you do not need to sit the VicRoads exam.

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How to Get Your Marine Licence and combined PWC / Jet Ski Endorsement

It’s easy! Book your licence training course and learn all you need to know. Courses are 4-hours long. At the course, complete and pass the Transport Safety Victoria test (as an option take the PWC / Jet Ski Endorsement test too). Your instructor will mark your test right there and then. A pass means you receive your TSV Certificate straight away. When you go to VicRoads, present the certificate, pay your licence fee, have your photograph taken and then you are a licenced boat operator.

7 Easy Steps to Your Boat Licence

  • Book your licence course (boat or PWC / Jetski)
  • Send your registration form
  • Take the 4-hour course
  • Pass the TSV test (& PWC test) and get your TSV certificate
  • Take the Certificate to VicRoads
  • Get your licence
  • Drive your boat or jetski!

What to Bring

Learn with an instructor all there is to know to pass your licence test.

What To Do:

  • Enrol now in a Marine Licence Training course using the BOOK NOW button
  • Download and return the MTS registration form (pdf)
  • (Optional) Download an electronic copy of the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook
  • Once your booking is confirmed you’re all set to begin learning for your marine licence
  • Browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What To Bring

You’ll need to bring along suitable proof of identity, eg drivers licence, passport, credit card, medicare card. Photographic Drivers Licence or Learners Permit OR one Primary and one Secondary. For information about evidence requirements for Primary and Secondary identity documents refer to the details below.

Evidence of Identity is defined by Transport Safety Victoria as Main Proof of Identity or Multiple Proofs of Identity

Main Evidence of Identity (EOI) is a Driver’s Photo Licence

A Driver’s Photo Licence means any Australian Photo Driver Licence or Austrlaian Photo Learner Permit which is current or expired by no more than 2 years. Cancelled or suspended driver licence or driver licence learner permit cannot be accepted as the main evidence of identity.

If you cannot provide Driver’s Photo Licence you must provide Multiple Evidence of Identity.

PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION
To attend the Marine Boat & JetSki Licence Training Course, you are required to bring along APPROVED PROOF of IDENTITY.

The easiest is your Drivers Licence (or L or P’s)

Or:

Passport / Birth Certificate     AND      Medicare card / School ID card

A summary of the required documents for you to bring to the course are:-

CURRENT VICTORIAN DRIVERS LICENCE OR LEARNER’S PERMIT

OR

ONE PRIMARY DOCUMENT
AND
ONE SECONDARY DOCUMENT

A PRIMARY DOCUMENT is:

  • Australian passport
  • An overseas passport,
  • Australian birth certificate or change of name certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

NB: Birth extracts and Commemorative birth certificates are not accepted

A SECONDARY DOCUMENT is:

  • Medicare card,
  • Pensioner Concession card,
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs card,
  • current entitlement card issued by the Commonwealth,
  • student identity card,
  • credit card or account card from a bank, building society or credit union,
  • state or federal government employee photo ID card.

Please read carefully to ensure you have the correct EOI prior to commencement of the course. This is a TSV requirement, there are no exceptions.

  • If you cannot provide an EOI with your current address on it, you must complete the Evidence of Address Declaration Form.
  • If you cannot provide EOI with your signature on it (particulalrly if you are 12 to 16 years of age) you need to provide a Statutory Declaration Form.
  • If you are under 18 years of age and you do not have a driver’s licence, you must be listed on a parent’s or legal guardian’s documents. Parent’s or legal guardian’s licence must be sighted and the number recorded. If the parent or legal guardian do not hold a licence, a statutory declaration must be provided.

For detailed information please visit VicRoads or click on our Evidence of Identity document.

*Note all documents must be original as supplied by the issuing authority. Photocopies certified or otherwise, are unacceptable. Birth extracts and Commemorative birth certificates are not recognised proof of identity documents.

TSV Requirements:

  1. Evidence of identity must be submitted at the time of enrolment
  2. No Course Certificate can be issued unless all EOI requirements are met
  3. When applying for a boat licence at Vic Roads, the TSV Approved Training Course Certificate issued by the training organization must be presented together with the EOI.

Course information

The aim of the course is to assist persons in obtaining the knowledge required to qualify for the Marine Licence. Marine Training Services is a Registered Training Organization (RTO No. 4653). Approved boating safety training courses are valid for 12 months.

  • There will be no further licence test at Vic Roads
  • Victorian Marine Licence is valid Australia wide

Course Content

  • Trip preparation
  • Safe operation
  • Basic Collision Rules & Regulation
  • Vessel lights
  • IALA Buoyage System “A”
  • Following seas, head and beam seas
  • Weather, winds and waves
  • Crossing Bars
  • Rivers and Inland Waters
  • Emergency (Fire, Man Overboard)
  • Safety – cold water, hypothermia
  • Personal Watercraft (PWC)

The course delivery time is approximately 3.5 hours plus assessment time which varies between individuals, usually 10 to 30 minutes. Course assessment is a multiple choice exam. The minimum passing grade for the Marine Licence is 26 out of 30 questions and for PWC Endorsement test is 13 out 15 questions.

The assessment is Transport Safety Victoria assessment and is conducted under TSV rules and conditions. It is NOT AN OPEN BOOK assessment and must be completed on individual basis, not in groups and no interaction is allowed during the assessment. At the completion of the assessment students will be advised whether they have passed or not.

If a student does not reach the minimum pass rate, the student can re-sit the assessment and if not successful on second attempt can repeat the assessment at another date at no additional charge.

Your Instructor

The Boat Licence Course will be delivered by professional charter boat operator and qualified Trainer (Cert IV TAE & Cert II Maritime Operations). You will be learning from a local who works on the water.

Restricted

A restricted licence is required by any person over the age of 12, but under the age of 16, who is operating a powered recreational vessel.

Holders of a restricted marine licence may act as master of a recreational vessel only if:

  1. operating during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset;
  2. operating at speeds of less than 10 knots; and
  3. not operating a vessel that is towing a person, another vessel or object.

Once a restricted master turns 16 years old, the restricted marine licence automatically becomes a marine licence.

PWC endorsed licence

Masters of PWCs must obtain an endorsement on their full or restricted licence in order to operate this type of vessel.

A PWC endorsement may not be issued as a stand alone licence. If an endorsement is required, a marine licence must first be obtained.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Long Does the Course Take?
The compulsory theory component of the course takes about 3-3.5 hours. During this time we cover more than the minimum you require for your marine licence, & include time for plenty of revision before you sit the theory test. The test takes between 10-30 minutes. The course takes a total of 4 hours.

2. What do I need to bring with me?

You MUST bring with you your Evidence of Identity. At the course you will be provided with learning materials and the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.

3. Is There A Practical Component of the Course? 
Practical training is not compulsory, however WaterMaarq offers training sessions for those new to boating, in our 6m RIB Charter Boat, Kavorca. Enquire now or speak with your instructor during the course to ask questions or arrange further details.

4. Is there a Guarantee I will Pass?

We endeavour to make the courses easy to understand, interactive with videos shown and comprehensive revision. If you do not pass the first time, you can try again on the night but if you still need a little more time to study, you can re-do the test, after 24 hours, free of charge. However, you must pass the test within 3 months of the original course date otherwise a full course fee will apply.

5. I Have Difficulty with Reading. Will This Be A Problem in Sitting the Test? 
The marine licence test is not designed to be a reading test, but a test of boating knowledge. Your instructor will go through the questions with you orally if required. Make sure you ask for this service if necessary.

 

6. How many Questions are in the Test and what is the Minimum Pass Mark?

The test is a multiple choice test with 30 questions for Marine Licence, you need 26 out of 30 questions correct to pass. If you want PWC Endorsement to drive jetski, there are additional 15 questions and you need 13 out of 15 questions correct to pass.

7. When Will I Know the Results?
At the end of the session after your test is assessed by the Instructor.

8. What happens on Successful Completion of the Course?

A Maritime Safety Victoria “Certificate of Attainment For Marine Licence Training” will be issued. The Certificate is valid for 12 month only from the date of issue which is usually on the course day. This is NOT a licence, it must be submitted to Vic Roads in person first.

9. What happens if I Don’t Pass the Assessment?

You can try again on the night but not the third time. However, within 3 months of the original course date you can repeat the assessment on any day at any of our course locations at no additional charge. After 3 months, if still unsuccessful, a course fee will apply.

10. Can I drive a Boat or Jetski on the Maritime Safety Victoria Certificate issued to me?

No, penalties apply if you do. You must first submit the Maritime Safety Victoria Certificate, in person, to Vic Roads, pay the Vic Roads licence fee and only then you can drive a boat or jetski. The link to Vic Roads course fees is here.

11. After Completing The Course, How Do I Get My Marine Licence? 
On successful completion of the course, you will be issued with a certificate. When you present this to any VicRoads office with two forms of identification & the licence fee, your marine licence will be issued (no further testing required).

12. How much time do I have to submit the Maritime Safety Victoria certificate to Vic Roads?

You must submit the Certificate within 12 months from the date printed on the Certificate which is the date of the course. Once it expires, you will be required to attend a new/another asseement.

13. How Long Is the Licence Valid For? 
When you go to a VicRoads office to get your licence, you pay for up to 5 years.

14. What is the Minimum Age for a Boat Licence?

The minimum age is 12 years. A young person will be issued with a restricted licence which will be automatically upgraded to a full licence on their 16th birthday.

15. How Old Must I Be To Get A Full Marine Licence (Boat Operator Licence)? 
To obtain a full marine licence you must be at least 16 years of age. However, a restricted licence can be issued to those between the ages of 12 & 15 years. The restrictions are : No Towing; Daylight hours only; 10 knot speed limit, 20 knots if supervised by someone with a full licence.

16. What Vessels Require Me to Have A Marine Licence? 
Any vessel with a motor requires the operator to hold a marine licence in Victoria, with the exception of a boat hired from a registered operator.

17. I Just Want To Drive A Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski), Do I Have to Get My Full Boat Licence To Do This?
Yes. To ride a PWC in Victoria, you must obtain your marine licence, together with an endorsement for use of PWC’s. As part of our course, we include the PWC endorsement at no extra cost.

18. I already have a Boat Licence but it is not endorsed for Jetski. Can I Enrol for the Jetski component only or do I have to attend the Full Course?

You have to attend the full course. This is a Maritime Safety Victoria requirement.

19. Is My Victorian Boat Licence Valid in Other States Of Australia? 
Yes, the Victorian marine licence is valid Australia wide, and therefore can be used in all states.

20. Is the Victorian Marine Licence valid overseas?

No, the Victorian Marine Licence is not valid overseas, it is valid in Australia only.

21. I Cannot Get to Any of the Advertised Course Dates. Can Other Times Be Arranged?
Yes, we can run a course for groups of 4 or more at a mutually convenient time & suitable venue.

22. Do I Need A Boat Licence to Hire A Boat from a Registered Operator? 
No, registered hire boat operators do not require customers to possess a marine licence.

Types of Marine Licences

Restricted

A restricted licence is required by any person over the age of 12, but under the age of 16, who is operating a powered recreational vessel.

Holders of a restricted marine licence may act as master of a recreational vessel only if:

  1. operating during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset;
  2. operating at speeds of less than 10 knots; and
  3. not operating a vessel that is towing a person, another vessel or object.

Once a restricted master turns 16 years old, the restricted marine licence automatically becomes a marine licence.

PWC endorsed licence

Masters of PWCs must obtain an endorsement on their full or restricted licence in order to operate this type of vessel.

A PWC endorsement may not be issued as a stand alone licence. If an endorsement is required, a marine licence must first be obtained.

Where Are Courses Held?

Marine Boat Licence and PWC Course Locations

Marine Licence Training is conducted on the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland. Locations include:

  • Rye
  • Blairgowrie
  • Sorrento
  • Inverloch
  • Yarram

Please contact us if you’re unable to find a course listed in the schedule for your location and we’ll be happy to help.

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