If you are operating a boat with a motor you must have a licence. This is regardless of size of the boat or the engine, or whether the engine is being used at the time.
You must be 16 years old to apply for a boat licence. If you are aged between 12 and 16 you may be able to apply for a special permit to operate a recreational vessel. A practical test must be taken within six months of passing the written exam.
If you are over the age of 16, getting your boat licence is a straightforward process….
A. Book and pass the theory exam
B. Lodge the application form
For more boat operator information visit the SA Government web site.