Flexible Learning Kit

Workers from the mining towns and offshore islands, because of work rosters, geographic location and family commitments, are also catered for with a Flexible Learning Kit allowing you to home study and only come to
Mackay to check the paperwork and do the practical boatwork assessment.


Once you obtain your licence & more experience, you will undoubtedly venture off-shore. If so, you will be a much safer mariner if you are a member of the Volunteer Marine Rescue. If you complete an in-class, boat licence course with ABC Mackay, you will receive your first 12 months membership to Mackay Volunteer Marine Rescue, free. This will save you $50.

Boat Licence Course

About the Course

The course covers the following topics:

  • Pre boating checks
  • Trip planning
  • Navigation, tides, buoyage & vessel lights
  • Man over board drill
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety equipment regulations
  • Safety equipment operation
  • Practical on water assessment
  • Weather
  • Powers of authorised officers
  • Masters duty of care
  • Licence & vessel registration regulations
  • Water-ski regulations
  • Anchoring, mooring & docking
  • Launching & retrieving

PWC Course

To obtain a PWC licence you need to have first obtained your Recreational Marine Drivers Licence (boat licence).

There are two aspects to obtaining your PWC licence:

  1. Theory
  2. Practical

1. Theory - To prepare for the PWC licence multiple choice assessment questions, please view our PWC study material [PDF, 230k], and study it. It contains the theory information you need for your PWC assessment.

2. Practical - When ready to go for your PWC licence test, please contact our closest training centre to arrange a time. You can provide your own PWC (must provide proof of insurance), or many of our areas have PWC's available.

If you have never ridden a PWC we'll train you how to operate it, and in a constructive process bring your skills to the required level. We'll be on the water with you, either on an attendant PWC or boat, or on your PWC, and be able to offer advice and instruction. Allow an hour and a half for the assessment and administration


At the conclusion of the QLD PWC Licence Course you'll receive a Satisfactory Course Completion Certificate which can be presented to Queensland Transport to obtain your PWC licence.


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