The Australian Boating College course is a nationally recognised Licence Course. At its completion, participants receive a certificate which they can present to Vic Roads, whereupon a licence will be issued. No further testing is required. It's the safest and best way to obtain your licence.

Personal Watercraft Operators can also sit the course to obtain not only their General Boat Licence, but also their PWC endorsement to operate Personal Water Craft. No further PWC exam will be required after the course.

If you choose to do the practical session, and we advise you to if you're new to boating you'll practice driving our vessel, and become familiar with general navigation, man overboard drills, docking, mooring, and low and high speed manoeuvring. Our instructors are commercial mariners, who also hold national training qualifications.


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 link below
VicRoads: Evidence of identity documents.

If you're doing the practical session you'll need suitable clothing, hat, sunglasses, sun lotion.


The course is designed as a complete boating course, and covers:

  • Victorian marine regulations
  • Collision avoidance rules  
  • Safety equipment regulations
  • Duty of care and how it affects you as skipper  
  • Navigation
  • All aspects of anchoring
  • Trip planning
  • Handling emergencies
  • Weather and tides
  • Engine and vessel maintenance
  • Marine radio Group $$ discounts for 4 or more people are available.

Please contact the local area for pricing and schedule information.


Under the Privacy Act, the individual's details we obtain at the course will only be used for issuing a training certificate for the purpose of applying for a Victorian Recreational Boat Licence and for auditing purposes.


Assessment on the day is via a Multiple Choice Questionnaire. Two attempts on the same day are offered for candidates who are unsuccessful on the 1st attempt. If unsuccessful after the 2nd attempt, the instructor will organise with you for more training and you can re-sit the exam on another day.


Pursuant to regulation 30 of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) the following persons are not eligible to apply for a marine licence:

  • A person who is disqualified from obtaining a marine licence, during the period of that disqualification
  • A person who is the holder of a marine licence that has been suspended, during the period of that suspension
  • A person who is disqualified from obtaining a licence or other authority to be the master of or to operate a recreational vessel under
    • the law of another State or Territory, or
    • the law of another country, in circumstances which, if they occurred in Victoria, would have resulted in the person being disqualified from obtaining a marine licence in Victoria
  • A person who is the holder of a licence or other authority to operate a recreational vessel issued by another State or Territory that has been suspended , during the period of that suspension
  • Persons aged under 16 years of age are not eligible to obtain a personal watercraft endorsement
  • Applicants should note that they will be required to meet the health requirements for operating a car, motorcycle or boat and this may include further testing where appropriate.

    Back to top

    Latest News: