Service SA - Getting your boat licence

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Getting your boat licence

16 September 2019

If you want to operate any type of recreational vessel fitted with an engine, regardless of the size of the boat or its engine, you must hold a current boat operator's licence.

To obtain a boat licence you must book and sit the theory exam, which will consist of multiple choice questions based on information in the Recreational Boating Safety Handbook.

Before sitting the test you can practice the theory exam online.

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a a boat licence. For children aged between 12 and 16, a special permit can be obtained to operate a recreational vessel under the direct supervision of a person who holds a boat operator's licence and is at least 18 years old.

For more information, including boat licence test exemptions, visit the boat licence page.