Victorian Marine Licence Courses are conducted through out Victoria.

Coast Guard conduct licence and PWC training courses throughout Victoria for people 12 years and older. Suitable ID’s, course fee payments and giving of your time are what we require of you. You in return will get the best possible tuition from a group of highly trained and qualified volunteers.

All students that do not have a current drivers licence or learners permit to use as ID are required to bring their “Birth Certificate” or “Passport” as primary ID as well as their “Medicare Card” as a secondary ID.  Proof of residence is also required in the form of a bill or bank statement with the student’s name and address. Anyone that doesn’t have the correct ID’s with them at the time of the course will not be allowed to do the course.

Course fees are payable during the “registration” period and receipts can be issued either at the time of payment or at the conclusion of the course. (At the instructor’s discretion).

All courses have a registration period followed by a “Training Session” that will take around 3.5 hours to complete. The test can take more than ½ hour after the “Training Session”.

On successful completion of the tests, you will receive a “Marine Safety Certificate”. This is not a licence to drive a boat/PWC. You are required to take the certificate along with your  ID’s to a Vicroads office within 12 months and they will issue you with a licence knowing that you have done your test with Coast Guard.  Vicroads do require an annual fee.

Other courses open to the general public

Prevention is the best cure and knowledge is the best way to prevent boating safety incidents. We encourage all mariners to constantly expand their knowledge.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, a nationally accredited and Registered Training Organisation [RTO], offers the following courses and in some states, where applicable, a Marine Licence Course:

  • Safe Boating Courses
  • Coastal Navigation Courses
  • Marine Radio Course (MROCP)
  • Radar
  • GPS

Bookings and enquiries for these courses can be made to the Victoria Squadron Office on (03) 9598 9092

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Students Please Note: All students will be required to supply photographic proof of identity, proof of residential address is not required.

All course fees are due and payable in cash on the day of the course, no pre-payment will be accepted.

Students will be entitled to a full refund of course fees if required to leave the course before completion due to illness.

Refunds to students who choose to leave the course prior to completion due to a family illness will be at the course instructors discretion.

Assessment process for both boat license and PWC is by multi choice questionnaire and students are required to achieve 26/30 for a boat lic and 13/15 for a PWC lic. Student who do not achieve competency on the first attempt may resit the assessment the same day. Only two attempts at the assessment are permitted on any single day.

locations (Click on a area below to see the different courses.)


Every Thursday
Coast Guard Geelong
11 Swinburne Street
North Geelong
(Melways  442 B 8)
Bookings – 9598 9092
  • Doors open at 1800 hours
  • Registration from 1830 hours
  • Course start time straight after Registration
  • Tea & Coffee and biscuits provided
  • Course material is provided


Last Thursday of every month (subject to public booking in prior to session)
Coast Guard Queenscliff Headquarters,
Jordan Reserve,
Bookings essential – Gary Tomlins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on  0409 380 359
  • Registration from 1830 hours
  • Course starts at 1900 hours
  • Course material is provided
  • Soft drink available


St Kilda 
Various dates, contact us for availability
Coast Guard St Kilda,
St Kilda Marina,
Marine Parade,
St Kilda VIC 3182
For Information & Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Registration from 8:30am
  • Course begins at 9am
  • Course material is provided
  • Tea & Coffee provided
  • Bring your own lunch


Safety Beach 
1st Sunday of every month
Coast Guard/Sailing Club building Safety Beach
Marina entrance,
Marine Parade Safety Beach
(Melways Page 150, E 11)
Bookings essential – VF6 Duty Officer on 0407 465 335
  • Registration from 0830 hours
  • Course starts at 0900 hours
  • Course material is provided
  • Tea & coffee is provided


2nd Saturday of each month
Coast Guard HQ Sandringham
Jetty Road Sandringham
Bookings essential – Lyn Thomson on 03 9598 9092 Mon – Fri 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • Registration from 0930 hours
  • Course starts at 1000 hours
  • Course material is provided
  • Tea & Coffee is provided


2nd Thursday of every month (except July)
Santons of Bendigo
Bridge Street Bendigo
Bookings essential – Santons 0354 422 669
More courses available on request to Andy Reaburn on 0402 321 681
  • Registration from 1715 hours
  • Course starts at 1800 hours
  • Tea & Coffee provided
  • Course material is provided


2nd Wednesday of the month
Ballarat Angling Club
Wendouree Drive
Bookings Brian Rivett on 0400 670 261
  • Registration 1730 hours
  • Course Start 1800 hours
  • Tea & Coffee provided


Lake Hume 
3rd Saturday of every Month
CFA/Coast Guard Building
Cnr Maher's Road and Murray Valley Highway
Bookings essential – 0438 038 385
  • Registration from 1000 hours
  • Course starts at 1030 hours
  • Bonegilla Course material supplied
  • Tea & Coffee provided
  • Soft drinks and Sausage Sizzle available to purchase


Melbourne Boat Show 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the show
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Level 1
No bookings required
  • Registration from 1000 hours
  • Course starts at 1100 hours
  • Course material is provided.
  • Tea/Coffee and water provided
  • Food should be purchased at the show prior to the course