About Our Training
You will be completing the Boatsafe accredited training course in a safe, fun, professional environment using up to date equipment that reflects the type of equipment you may be using once you have obtained your licence. Our objective is to help you obtain your marine licence in a way that gives you the confidence to get out and safely enjoy what Queensland has to offer.
The BoatSafe Licence Scheme is a competency based system designed to give you the training to get you safely out on the water with standards set by Maritime Safety Queensland.
Step 1: The Theory Training
The theory training is where you learn the information to be able to get out on the water safely and covers the theory aspects of safe boating & jet skiing to prepare you for the theory assessment. It can be conducted online or face to face in a classroom. You will need to complete the theory before you attend the practical training session.
Option 1. The Online Theory
This is the most popular option as it enables you to learn at your own pace and go back over sections until you are comfortable that you understand them. The course includes videos, explanations and quizzes. Theory and Practical Assessments must be completed within a 3 month time frame on completion of the Online Theory Course. This is a QLD Government regulation.
Option 2. In-class as face to face training.
We can provide face to face theory training in a classroom if required. Your will need to call us to arrange and an extra charge will apply. Due to Covid our current Covid plan doesn’t allow face to face.
The Theory Assessment
After theory training has been completed you will be assessed with a closed book theory exam (50 multiple choice questions).This needs to be done in person with us and is normally completed on the day you attend the practical training. The allocated exam time is 45 minutes.
The pass mark for the 50 multiple choice question MSQ exam is 100%. If any of the questions are answered incorrectly, you will need to undergo further training on those ections. You will then be given a second attempt at getting 100% on the exam (you will only be required to redo the questions you answered incorrectly).
If unsuccessful the student is deemed not yet competent, you can come back to us for further training and reattempt the theory assessment on another day.
You will not be able to complete the practical assessment until you have passed the theory assessment. There is no limit on the number of reattempts you can do, bearing in
mind that only 2 attempts on the same day are allowed, and that you will pay an assessment fee to us on each day you attempt the assessment.
Step 2: Practical Training – Putting the theory into practice
So it’s time to put the theory into practice. The practical training takes place on one of our vessels and the initial lesson will have you behind the wheel for between 45-60 mins. You will learn how to do a variety of tasks every skipper needs to be able to do such as-Man overboard, berthing, manoeuvring at low and high speeds, general navigation on water, and emergency stops.
There are 20 different tasks you need to be competent in to be able to pass the practical assessment.
Watch a Youtube video demonstrating some of the practical activities you will be required to undertake during your BoatSafe course. PWC video – coming soon.
You will be given opportunity to practice each task, and the instructor will advise whether they think you are at a competency level to attempt the formal practical assessment. This will be an honest opinion from the instructor, but in the assessment it will be up to you to complete the tasks without any assistance or help.