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QLD Learner's Guide FAQ

Do I have to study before the Boat Licencing Course?

It is not a requirement to study before the course. Sea School provides a comprehensive face to face, step by step, presentation for all their boat licence and PWC licence courses.

You do however need to complete a medical fitness disclosure statement and give it to your trainer prior to course commencement.

What learning can I do before the course?

Maritime Safety Queensland provides a BoatSafe workbook which is a Learner's guide including a list of study questions and also a recreational boating and fishing rules and regulations booklet.

Why do we need training before getting a Boat licence?

To get a Queensland marine licence you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete and pass a BoatSafe course (or have a recognised interstate or overseas marine licence)


  • Time spent on the water will develop skills, knowledge and confidence when operating a vessel and help prevent accidents on the waterways.
  • Boating offers fun, excitement, relaxation and social activity away from our busy lifestyle. Its popularity means more people with more boats, which suggest more dangers, like collision and swamping.
  • Most people want to find out how to respond in an emergency. They want to protect the family, friends and assets. They choose a registered training organisation to quickly learn the rules, how to drive the boat and dock, and achieve their licence without any fuss.

Once I have received the statement of competency from Sea School, how do I apply for the licence?

You will need to go to your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre that provides marine licensing services (call to confirm prior) and bring with you:

  • The statement of competency (this is only valid for 6 months from the date of issue)
  • Marine licence application
  • Proof of identity
  • Sufficient money to pay the licence fee

How do I renew my marine licence?

Once you have your Queensland marine licence you do not need to renew it as it is valid for life.

What is your complaint management procedure?

Sea School International is committed to providing an effective, efficient, timely, fair and confidential complaints and appeals handling procedure for all students.

Please view our Complaint management procedure and Complaints form for further information on how to lodge your complaint.

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