Maritime Safety Victoria recently prosecuted a recreational boater in the Frankston Magistrates Court for acting as a master of a vessel without a marine licence. His licence had expired in 2008.

Under the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic), a person operating a powered recreational vessel on Victorian waters requires a marine licence. This includes paddle craft (kayaks, canoes etc.) and sailing boats fitted with a motor, regardless of engine size. The master of a vessel must also carry their licence with them when operating a vessel.

The man was fined, without conviction.

The marine licencing section of our website has more information about how to get your marine licence and other requirements.