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Online bid speeds up boating licensing with videos, quizzes

Wayne Laverty from Boat and Jetski Licencing. Government has introduced online licence testing. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Wayne Laverty from Boat and Jetski Licencing. Government has introduced online licence testing. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

YEPPOON boat licensing trainer Wayne Laverty is among scores of assessors onboard a statewide initiative to cut the time it takes to become certified on the water.

That time, as of a couple of months ago, had almost halved.

People wanting a boat licence can now do the classroom theory part of the training online.

The previous system meant people had to attend five-hour classroom sessions to learn the dos and don'ts on the water.

People can now work through online videos and questionnaires at their own leisure.

But, they will still have to see Mr Laverty for the 50-question test and the practical test, which is designed to demonstrate the person's competency driving and manoeuvring a boat.

Mr Laverty's sessions also present lesser-known Queensland laws, such as the requirement for a jet-ski user to hold a jet-ski licence, and to hold a boat licence to gain a jet-ski licence.

People can do tests for jet ski and boat licences on the same day, when they go to do the test and the practical, or they can do just the one.

"A lot of people aren't aware that if you are over the legal alcohol limit, you can lose your boat and car licences," Mr Laverty said.

"The online system had to be approved by Marine Safety Queensland, which has strict standards because it is a major responsibility to be in charge of a vessel on the water."

Mr Laverty also said the boat and jet ski licensing courses were available to residents in central-west Queensland, including places such as Biloela and Blackwater.

For more information visit www.boatlicences.net.au or call 0447330007.

Growing fast

According to respected CQ boatie expert Clive King, there are 9605 boat registrations in Central Queensland. Mr King said the region was regarded as the fastest growing for the percentage of registrations in the state.

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