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Throughout the year, regional communities and shows host their own Regional Boat Licence Sessions across South Australia.
Often advertised on Gumtree, Facebook or local paper, it’s great to see regional areas coming together. With the support of their local Marine Safety Officer, sessions are being held and the opportunity for tests to be completed without the need to come to trek into Adelaide.
Check out the ABC Boating South Australia Facebook Page who regularly offer regional courses around South Australia.
What to expect?
These sessions are informative, with a training session first to cover all the key knowledge, then the opportunity to complete the test straight after. While all that knowledge is still fresh in your mind!
Please check that these sessions are being held by an authorised person and you are completing the appropriate SA Recreational boating licence test. If in doubt, contact your local Marine Safety Officer for confirmation.
12-15 years are often invited to attend the sessions to gain knowledge but check with the organiser to see whether they can complete the Special Permit theory test. A practical test is also required for a 12-15 year Special Permit which is organised through your local Marine Safety Officer.
The sessions are also a great way to refresh your previous knowledge, especially if you have picked up a bad habit or two! There could be a small charge to attend but it could be worth it to get you out of trouble on the water. Check with the organiser to see if this is possible at your next local training session.
Once you have passed the test, you can take it as evidence to your local Service SA centre and fill in an application form. If all the requirements are met, you can make the payment and be issued with your licence there and then.
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