Allstate Boat Licensing & Training is a Registered Training Organisation and holds the Number 1 BoatSafe approval from Maritime Safety Queensland for the training and assessment of people for the issue of licences for the operation of recreational boats and personal water craft.
Allstate’s Sunshine Coast Division has been in operation since March 2005 under the management of Jeff Guinea and has a long business association with North Coast Boating, from 264 Nicklin Way Warana. This is where we commence our training day, where we have a very nice training centre set up next to the North Coast Boating workshop.
A favourite venue for accessibility, services and a beautiful freshwater landscape is Bjelke Petersen Dam near Murgon where Jeff travels every 5 to 6 weeks. Another favoured spot is Boondooma Dam near Proston. A bonus for the Allstate business is to use the SeaJay boat, Redco trailer, Mercury outboard and jet ski’s in still freshwater.
Trainers approved to deliver the BoatSafe curriculum must hold commercial marine qualifications along with appropriate training qualifications and in this regard Jeff is very well qualified to teach you. Jeff holds an Open Coxswain certificate and a Restricted Class 5 Masters Certificate. Jeff was also the officer in charge of the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol at Mooloolaba for many years and has extensive local knowledge of the Sunshine Coast waterways from patrolling them day and night in all sorts of weather and sea conditions.
Let’s explain what happens when you attend a training course with Allstate Boat Licensing & Training, Sunshine Coast.
Bookings can be made by phoning 0412 161 559 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings are publicised on the training calendar on our website page at www.boatlicensing.com.au. Generally we run courses every Saturday (unless we are training at a dam), alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, the occasional Sunday and on other days by special arrangement.
Boat licence courses usually start with a 7.45am arrival for an 8am start. The theory consists of 4 units – trip planning; navigation (meaning the regulations and the buoyage system); weather and tides; and emergencies. There is a 50 question closed book multi choice exam associated with this, which is set by the Queensland Government.
Practical training is usually on the Maroochy River using our 5.35 metre SeaJay boat or a jet ski.
Duration is approximately 8 hours, depending on numbers on the day. Larger groups will obviously require more time.
Personal watercraft licence courses can be included on the same day but obviously this adds time and cost. It is a pre-requisite that a person must hold a valid marine licence in order to obtain a PWC licence so if you only need to do the PWC licence course this takes around 2.5 hours and is available on our usual boat licence days as well as by arrangement. This can be before or after work if that suits you and us.
The courses are delivered using a very easy to understand PowerPoint presentation, coupled with lots of explanation and examples from the trainer and any people with learning difficulties can be assisted if we are advised in advance of special needs.
All candidates are required to complete a medical disclosure statement concerning their ability to drive a recreational boat or personal watercraft.
Flexible delivery is available – which means if you have difficulty in attending a course due to work or family commitments we can adjust things to suit.
Safe boating…Jeff Guinea, Allstate Boat Licensing & Training (Ph 0412 161 559)