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Boat License Information Sessions and Testing will be held on Saturday 24th October and Sunday 25th October at 11am and 2pm.

Each information session lasts one hour followed by examinations in the boat licence exam room.

Fees for examination are

  • Over 16 year (Motor boat operators licence) $45
  • 12 to 15 years (Special permit to operate a motor boat) $20

Fees are payable at the SA Sea Rescue stand, where a receipt will be issued. Intending participants will be required to provide suitable proof identity such as drivers licence or birth certificate prior to the exam.

Upon successful completion of the exam, a certificate will be issued which must be presented to service SA along with a licence fee of $38 to have the licence issued.

Persons between 12 and 15 years must submit to a further practical test in their boat prior to issue of the permit. This can be arrange with a Marine Safety Officer at any time after the written exam, but must be within 6 months.

Intending participants should note that there is no guarantee of passing the exam. The information sessions will provide helpful tips and refresh knowledge but are not intended as a crash course. Prior study may be undertaken on where a practice exam is available, and the SA Recreational Boating Safety Handbook can also be downloaded.