Queensland Recreational Boat Licence (RMDL)

Licence to Boat 

0481 395 360

No Experience - No problem!

Our Friendly Instructors Will Guide You Through The Course.

Doing your Maritime Safety Queensland, and Boatsafe approved RMDL (Boat licence) course, couldn’t be easier than with Licence to Boat. Our simple step-by-step system guides you through the requirements for your licence quickly and easily. We are located on the Maroochy River, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.

Step 1: The online theory course walks you through required information for your licence, and you can do it at home, at your own pace (fast or slow!).

Step 2: Mike or Ben (our instructors) will guide you patiently through the practical part of the course until you are confident and capable, this is done on our fantastic boat (see pictures).

It really couldn’t be easier!

  • Simple to follow step-by-step online theory.
  • Practical can be completed in just a couple of hours.
  • Safe, fun and exciting boat.
  • Small course sizes, Max 5.
  • More time on the water and less in the classroom! (That’s got to be good!)
  • Start your course today, have your licence tomorrow!

In Queensland you must have a recreational marine drivers licence to drive a recreational boat with a motor greater than 6HP. Licence to Boat has developed a simply two step system to gain this.

Step 1: Consists of our online theory training package, Queensland’s first and best Boatsafe approved online training package. This is a fantastic course, and whether you are a beginner or a seasoned boatie there is something in it for you. You can do the course at home in one session and complete it in an evening, or break it up into smaller sessions over a few days. The training package automatically logs you back in to where you left off in your previous session.

Step 2: The second step is the practical part of your RMDL (recreational marine drivers licence). The practical course can be completed in 2-3 hours. So instead of spending your whole day sitting in a stuffy classroom, our online theory course allows more time for the practical on water experience. Practical courses are conducted on the beautiful Maroochy River, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast.

Once you have completed your online theory course, it’s time to book your practical assessment. There are a Maximum of 5 people on any course (larger group bookings are available) offering you a more personal and friendly experience. We are here to help and guide you to become a safe boatie.

Licence to Boat uses a 5.8m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). “LTB One” provides a safe, comfortable and quiet boat on which to learn, its also fun to drive. Its no wonder that Police, Lifesavers and Navy all use Ribs, they are safe and practical vessels.

The Practical training goes like this:

We will give you a briefing of the vessel, safety, launch/retrieval tips and voyage planning.

Then you take the wheel under the guidance of our instructor and learn how to handle it like a pro! You will learn how to bring the vessel alongside a jetty, pick up a mooring, anchoring, conduct a “person over board” scenario and learn to manoeuvre the boat competently and confidently.

It’s as easy as that! 

Once competent we will issue you with a statement of competency. This must be presented to Transport and Main Roads Queensland (TMR) within 6 months, you then pay their fee to receive your licence.

Please note: The statement of competency is not a licence, it must be taken to TMR within 6 months to gain your licence.

To get a Queensland marine licence, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old. (you can complete the course at 15 and a half years old)
  • Complete and pass a BoatSafe course or have a recognised and valid interstate or overseas marine licence.


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Jarrad Hare
Highly recommended, top day and learnt lots . Thanks mike 👍
Renae Pardoe-Smith
Very knowlegable, friendly and a great teacher. Highly recommended. See you on the water 🚤.
Mitch King
Highly recommend !!! Mike was very easy to understand and a great teacher to learn from. Cheers mate !read more
Herbie Henderson
Had a great day with Mike and the rest of the students. Very professional with a relaxed friendly environment. Highly recommend 100%. Thanks heaps to Licence to Boat Sunshine Coat.read more
Dannielle Balfour
Mike was fantastic. Very calm, clear and knowledgeable. He gave lots of handy tips, the course is very affordable and informative. Would defiantly recommend this to anyone looking to do there boat and jetski licence!read more
Toni Lopez
Mike was an amazing instructor. Patient, calm and clear. Shared clever tips on how to remember all the boating signals, signs and safety. Such an enjoyable day, who thought going for your boat licence could be so much fun!read more
Ben Lopez
That was a great day. Patient and friendly instructor and fun too! We were worried because of our lack of experience but now feel confident thanks to today. Highly recommended.read more
Matt Lanham
Just completed my jet ski licence (in the pouring rain!) Mike is very easy going and thorough with the assessment. Highly recommend them for jet ski & boat licencing👍👍read more
Neal Bedingfeld
Just completed my boat license with my wife and father in law. Mike was very professional with how he conducted the course and gave everyone the time they needed to complete the course. Had a great time would highly recommend, thanks Mike and license to boat.read more
Jordan Clune
Just completed Boat + Jetski licences the other day and Mike was very helpful, knowledgeable and made our practical test chill, fun & informative which was great! Would definitely recommend Mike at License to boat 😀read more
Natalie Taylor
Mike is lovely and provides a very relaxed atmosphere. I had a great day with a great group of people. I will be recommending Licence to boat to my friends.read more
Josh Sturme
Excellent training Mike the instructor is a very knowledgeable easy going bloke highly recommend getting your license through license to boat Thanks ✌🏻read more
Ashley Fowler
Mike has looked after me with both marine licences & has been helpful, friendly & very informative. Highly recommend.read more
Colin Wiggle
A very comprehensive course. Both instructors were professional, obviously knowledgeable and very experienced but more importantly both were good blokes who made the day enjoyable. Can’t recommend them enough.read more
Krystian Kozuch
Very professional, highly recommended
Tim Riches
Great morning both pwc and boat course, strongly recommend.
Max Ray
Knowledgeable patient understanding learning from Mike Stevens. Came away with license and a great appreciation of Boatsafe codes. Feel quite confident I can safely enjoy skippering a boat.read more
Daniel Vogelpoel
Fantastic day. So personal with each person on every level. Quick to identify when your not feeling sure or nervous and has the knack to make you quickly feel comfortable. Very professional and so much fun. Highly recommend for groups.read more
Justin Sehmish
Highly recommend. If you need to get a boat license on the coast this is the place to go. Affordable and great instructor with vast knowledge and a quality boat. The method for completing the theory is also innovative and student friendly. A great service and very friendly staff. Glad I obtained my boat license here.read more
Courtney Dickson
Great business to go through for your boat/jet ski licence � friendly and learnt alot ���
Michael John Beavis
I have driven friends boats from tinnies to large Rivieras. But i have remained scared. Tomorrow i get to drive my own tinnie for the first time and i have been so nervous for 25 years since i wanted a boat. Of course a morning on the water doesn't beat years of actual experience, but we all have to start somewhere. Mike is seriously engaged in getting everyone on the water with the skills, confidence and knowledge to do it safely. The practical course was very enjoyable. Mike is extremely affable. It was what i learnt from Mike in that morning that has given me the confidence to get out there on my own.read more
Craig White
I did the jet ski course. Mike was very thorough in his explanation and has a great emphasis on safety while still making it enjoyable. Included a lot of local knowledge and information. Would recommend Licence to Boat to anybody considering either a boat and/or jet ski licence.read more
Darren Cluff
I completed my boat and ski licence today and I can’t recommend Mike from Licence to Boat enough. He was very informative and professional and explained everything really well . I throughly enjoyed the morning. Thanks Mike.read more
Shane Murphy
Was a great easy going coarse. Mike was very helpful with few areas I was unsure of and explained everything well. Thanks Mike.read more
Adam Ryder
Excellent- thanks Mike! Fun and informative, highly recommend.
Ashley Paine
Finished my boat licence today with Mike, great instructor, very knowledgeable, professional, and had a great time! Thanksread more
Em Ryall
Completed our boat licence yesterday with Mike and had such a fantastic afternoon!!! � Highly recommend anyone doing this or their jetskil licence here. Excellent boat, venue and river to practice on. The online course was very easy to follow, understand and complete. Mike was great fun, down to earth and very patient while teaching...an excellent trainer!!!! 10/10 ��� Thanks...cant wait to get our rig out on the water now ���read more
Ron Davis
Thanks to Mike and Licence to Boat. I completed my boat licence course earlier this week. Couldn’t be happier with the way Mike helped you understand the importance of knowing what you need to know - it made completing the course easy. I will be recommending Licence to Boat to anyone looking to get their boat/jet ski licence.read more
Bailey Hume
Sofia Zanone
Thanks to Mike and his excellent knowledge we passed our boat and JetSki licences today! What a way to end 2017! Yay!!! Beautiful setting from the Rivershore Resort on the Maroochy River! The online theory courses were very visual and easy to follow and the practical out on the water today was fun and step by step! Loved it and have had a dream come true! Can’t wait now to buy the goods!!! Definitely recommend Mike and License to Boat, thanks Sofia and Chrisread more
Neil Chambers
Did my test two weeks ago. I highly recommend these guys.
Adam Crawley
Angie Murphy
Fantastic trainer. Made my boat & jet ski licence fun & educational. Highly recommend Mike.
Alex Innes
Highly recommend licence to boat! Mike is an absolute legend! He made the course very enjoyable and has a head full of knowledge that he is keen to share. Look forward to getting on the water now!read more
Shane Kipping
Matthew Matijevic
Thanks for the training Mike, had a great day out on the water and will recommend the course to all my other mates. Thanks Matt.read more
Ben Wieden
Thanks mike, was a awesome arvo! Highly recomended to anyone wanting to do their licence. A+
Troy Pattenden
Excellent day learning the ropes! Mike provided excellent knowledge alongside plenty of time out on the water. It was a stress free and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend these guys! � ��read more
Jess Nelson
Been meaning to get my boat licence for years, if I new it was going to be this easy I would have done it sooner! Thanks Mike �read more
Stacey Burns
Janet Newing
Thanks Mike for our boat/jet ski training and licensing
Robert Craig
Just finished my boat licence course with Mike. Great service and explains everything you need to know in detail! Thanks again for the great morning Mike! Cheers Robread more
Trevor Long
Jodie Sempf
Thanks Mike, had a great morning, and really enjoyed myself. Well worth booking in with these people and taking the time to do your licence. Helpful, friendly and patient. Now to work on the Wives Club for boat licences. I shall send word..read more
Joel Armbruster
Linden Bailey
Cheers mate for today awesome job! Recommend these guys 100% worth it �
Stacy Thompson
Awesome boat experience, top bloke , chilled surrounds. I'm sending the rest of the family to get qualified. Cheers guysread more
Samantha Clayton
Could not fault our morning out. Mike was knowledgable, kind and just made it a really enjoyable time. Will be recommending licence to boat to all friends and family.read more
Garon John
Completed my boat and jetski license today with Mike, was a great session learnt alot and couldn't ask for a nicer bloke.read more
Lisa Taylor
Had a great day out. Mike was friendly, helpful and very informative. He's a great teacher. He even got us coffee! The boat and jet ski was great to drive too. Highly recommend.read more
Russ Smith
Awesome afternoon on the water learning for my boat license. Would definitely recommend to everyone I knowread more
Drue Burns
Completed my boat licence today with mike i have a lot of respect for this bloke. I am hard of hearing and he didn't mind having to speak a bit louder so i could understand him on the water and he didn't get frustrated with repeating himself. I learnt a lot today and highly recommend licence to boat to anyone looking to get a marine licence. Cheersread more
Betty Berrier
Thanks again Mike. Highly recommend going for your licence with Licence to Boat. Extremely knowledgeable on all facets of boating & the water. Very cheery person to talk to & creates an awesome atmosphere. See you on the water Mike!! �read more
Matthew Dixon
I had a great time driving around the maroochy river yesterday. The boat we did the licence in was beautiful and the skis were a blast. I learned heaps and the instructor was a top bloke. I would recommend to anyone.read more
Hayley Hansen
My husband and I did our combination licence. Mike was extremely accommodating working with a tight rnr schedule and allowing us to bring our children. He was extremely patient, knowledgable and friendly. Thanks for making it great day for us ��read more
Sandra Hennessy
We booked in for combination licences and completed our training with Mike on Wednesday 10 August 2016. Mike is extremely knowledgeable, patient and very professional. Mike's tips and advice were extremely helpful. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to obtain their licence. Thanks Mike, you're awesome!read more
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