Recreational marine driver licence
If you operate a recreational boat which is powered by a motor more than 4.5 kW (over 6 hp) you need a recreational marine driver licence.
To get a marine licence you have to be 16 years or older and complete a training course run by a BoatSafe training provider.
Once you have completed the BoatSafe course, you will be given a statement of competency. You can get your licence by taking the statement of competency into a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre along with a marine licence application form.
For more information, including a list of organisations that hold BoatSafe courses in Queensland , see recreational licence.
Personal watercraft licence
To operate a personal watercraft (a jet ski) you have to have a personal watercraft licence.
To get this licence, you have to already have a recreational marine driver licence and complete a BoatSafe course. You can get the licence by taking the statement of competency into a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre with a marine licence application form.
More information about personal watercraft licences is available on the Maritime Safety Queensland website.
BoatSafe — Torres Strait
In the Torres Strait BoatSafe courses are being held by the local TAFE college and at high school for year 10 students. Island communities have had the opportunity to attend a BoatSafe course to get a recreational marine driver licence.
For further information, visit the Torres Strait marine safety project page on the Maritime Safety Queensland website.