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Powerboat Training Courses


Powerboat training at the Royals Training Centre is a great way to get your Victorian Powerboat Licence and develop your powerboat handling skills at the same time.

Royals Training Centre runs all three courses in the Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) Discover Powerboating Program. We also offer the 4 hour Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) accredited theory-only powerboat licensing course. 

Contact our Sail Training Development Manager, Ian Fox at on (03) 9397 1277 or at for dates, further information and to enrol. If you are confident that you have the right course for you, online enrolment is available by clicking on the date of the course that you are interested in.

Marine Licence Course

This 4 hour course is theory based and includes the Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) accredited licencing test. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a Transport Safety Victoria certificate to take to VicRoads in order to obtain your Recreational Powerboat Operator Licence. To obtain your licence there is a fee payable to VicRoads. Personal Watercraft (PWC) endorsement testing is available at no extra cost. 


18th May 2024

16th May 2024

6th June 2024

20th June 2024

Cost: $120 for RYCV members or $130 for non-members.

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Practical Powerboat Course

Passing the Marine Licence course does not teach you how to operate a powerboat, but this course does. This 3 hour course is aimed at people who have already obtained their powerboat licence through the 4 hour Theory Course and would like to improve their boat handling skills. Course dates are set as required so please contact us for dates.

Cost: $400 on our training boat. Arrangements can also be made to complete the course on your own boat at a time and place that suits you.

How to register for an Australian Sailing course at RYCV…

To register for all sailing courses at RYCV, you will need an Australian Sailing number. This is your unique identifier that recognises you as a member and/or course participant. If you already have an Australian Sailing number, you can look it up here. If you do not have one, then there is an option to begin registration for an Australian Sailing number when registering for a course or Discover Sailing experience for the first time (follow the links via course registration). 

Once registered, you will receive a number, a username and an online profile. The benefits of this include being able to enrol in any national sailing courses, register for a ‘SailPass’, and to keep a record of your memberships, courses and qualifications. 



Start Powerboating Course

The Start Powerboating Course is the first course in the Australian Sailing Powerboat program and is aimed at those wishing to develop the skills and knowledge to safely operate a recreational powerboat. The course includes a full day on the water, learning practical powerboat skills under the guidance of a qualified powerboat Instructor.

Cost: $295 per person

Powerboat Handling Course

The Powerboat Handling Course covers the syllabus in the recreational course above in more depth and adds a basic navigation component. This course is a prerequisite for the Australian Sailing Instructor Qualification. The course is run over 20 hours.


20th June 6pm-9pm, 22nd June and 29th June 9am-5pm

Cost: $350 Members $370 Non Members

Contact Ian Fox

Safety Boat Course

The Safety Boat course is aimed at those wanting to increase their fine boat handling skills or assist in rescue boat operations. Topics covered include righting capsized dinghies, recovering people from the water and search patterns.

The Powerboat Handling Course is a perquisite for this course.



Cost: $280 Members $300 Non Members

Contact Ian Fox

One-on-one Tuition

One-on-one tuition is available for if you would like to work on your practical powerboating skills.

Have a question?

You can find out more about trying sailing by contacting our Sail Training Development Manager on (03) 9397 1277 or by email.

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