Qualification Details

Qualification DETAILS

Recreational Marine Driver and Personal Water Craft


Paradigm Training Group's one day course is competency based and accredited under the BoatSafe program approved by Queensland Transport. Upon successful completion you will receive a Statement of Competency for presentation to your local Transport Authority. Upon application, they issue your Recreational Marine Driver Licence and/or Personal Watercraft Licence.

During the course you will receive both theory and practical instruction to enable you to become familiar and confident in the operation of your vessel in a variety of boating and manoeuvring situations.


The recreational marine driver licence (RMDL) and personal watercraft (PWC) course allows individuals to gain confidence and competence operating recreational vessels in different scenarios.

To enrol and complete this course you must be over 16 years of age. For more information regarding how you can operate under the recreational licensing, please click here.
This course is offered via a blended delivery model of face-to-face and online training and assessment. Once enrolled, your enrolment in the recreational boating course is valid for 6 months from the enrolment date.

02.1 Face-to-Face

The face-to-face component of this course is delivered over a four hour workshop delivered in one day. During the four hours you will be required to complete the BoatSafe exam paper and practical scenarios in the following environments:
On board Paradigm Training Group vessels ranging from 5 to 18 Metres
On board Paradigm Training Group personal watercraft (Jetskis).

Prior to commencement of the face-to-face component of the course, online pre-learning activities must be completed. Once the online activities have been completed, students will be issued with an electronic statement of attendance showing successful completion. The statement of attendance must be printed and presented to the course instructor in order to start the face-to-face exam and practical during the workshop.

02.2 Online

Online activities consist of:
Multiple choice and other formative assessment questions
Reading the BoatSafe Handbook
Reviewing slideshows and videos
Video, email, text and phone conversations with Trainers and Assessors
During the four hour workshop you will be required to:

Complete the Recreational Marine Driver Licence Exam paper
Complete the Recreational Marine Driver Licence Practical assessment
Complete the Personal Watercraft Licence exam paper
Complete the Personal Watercraft Licence practical assessment
Have lots of fun!
You will need a computer or tablet with internet access for the online components of this program.

03.1 Learner Resources

Learner resources are provided in your resources tab within our student online platform once enrolled in this course. 

03.1 Vessel Handling

Students MUST wear appropriate clothing for both class and water activities. Enclosed footwear must be worn at all times while on training vessels.
You must have a marine licence to operate a boat that has an engine power greater than 4.5kW. You don't need to carry your licence with you on the water, but you must have proof of identity with you. You can verify your licence online.

In Queensland, a boat (also known as a Queensland regulated ship) must only be used for recreational activities, or for school, surf lifesaving or community activities—not for business, trade or commerce. To operate a personal watercraft, you must have a recreational marine licence and a personal watercraft licence.

If you have a supervisor with a valid marine licence on board, you can operate a boat or personal watercraft without a licence. The licensed supervisor must be able to take immediate control in case of trouble. You can only operate a boat or personal watercraft that is towing a person—for example, someone water skiing or riding a tube—if you have a valid marine licence. Certain rules apply if you want to drive a hire boat—contact your local Maritime Safety Queensland office to find out more.
You can start operating as a licenced recreational boat and personal watercraft operator once you have presented your statement of competence to the Department of Transport and Main Road Queensland and have paid all required fees. When applying for your licence you will need to present the following:

Completed marine licence application (F2334) (click here)
Proof of identity (click here)
Original and current statement of competency (issued after successful completion of this course)
Pay a licence fee (click here)

For your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre please click here.
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Have you heard the news? Paradigm Training Group is now conveniently located at Australia’s Greatest Boatyard, The Boat Works in Coomera, QLD.

At this location we have been blessed with have a large training room to which we host first aid, navigation workshops and general learning presentations. For mariners in training, you’ll have direct and clear access to the Broadwater and Seaway via our PTG vessels during practical workshops. In your lunch breaks, indulge in onsite delicious delights with super friendly service from Espresso Twenty5 and The Galley.

The Boat Works, that’s where we are at!

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aXcelerate has enabled PTG to deliver the latest innovations in education solutions by automating the enrolment, training and assessment processes.” – Rikky Burkett Director of PTG. This management system can be accessed via a portable electronic device (e.g. tablet, laptop, mobile phone) allowing our Trainers/ Assessors to easily assess students in real time. Our staff can record comments, video, photographs and practical observation results even when offline which is a huge advantage during our practical student workshops.