Cost of getting a PPCDL Boat License in Singapore

PPCDL Course/License

1 PPCDL Course ~$300 depending on the centre
2 PPCDL Theory Exam $21.40 ($20+7% GST)
3 PPCDL Boat Handling $53.50 ($50+7% GST)
4 PPCDL License $20

5 Refresher Sessions X2 ($100 per session of one hour)

***I would rather spend an extra $200 on refresher sessions than to fail and retake 2-3 to even 6 times for some people. That would already work out to $100-$300, not including all the time wasted, emotional distress, loss of focus, loss of confidence & embarrassment etc.

***& I would suggest taking your refresher sessions at RSYC for the following 12 reasons:



8 thoughts on “Cost of getting a PPCDL Boat License in Singapore

  1. hi,

    i m driving but just get to know i got this colour separation problem ( those colour dots for eye test )

    i can see the traffic lights n colour by itself or even rainbow but just not that colour dots test

    question : m i still able to take the PPCDL boat test.

    Ur expert advice is most appricated

    • Hi Ray,

      Thanks, I’m not expert yet.

      For the PPCDL boat test, we are required to get a medical officer to certify that our colour vision is normal & that we pass the eyesight test. This medical report must be presented before we take the PPCDL theory test.

      I would suggest that you call up a marina club, enquire about their PPCDL course, highlight to them about your issue & see what they say. I am sure they have come across similar cases.

      Thanks. Let me know if I can be of any other help.

    • Thanks Shawn.

      Just thought of encouraging and helping more people pass their PPCDL & get their boat license. During one trip to Poly Marina to view the test site, I saw people crying after their practical test (must have failed) & grown men (in their 40s-50s) looking disappointed & some of these guys have failed twice already for their practical. I hope this “iuboating” site can save some people from continuous emotional trauma.

      & on one of the websites (I think it was “REACH”), a lady was complaining that different instructors at different clubs teach differently during the PPCDL course. There is no standardization at all (unlike our driving tests for cars). Some do not even get the chance to view the Practical Handling Assessment Checklist which testers use to rate the people taking the practical test! I find that rather disturbing. Through this “iuboating” site, the aim is to help people out there start on a level-playing field & not get penalized because they do not know what is provided out there.

      I just passed last Sat & learning the ropes of boating. Planning to get a boat some time next year. I guessed we’ve come a long way from “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it” kind of mentality to boating, especially in the Western countries. But I discovered that many in Asia still have this connotation that boating is reserved for the super-rich like the Shaw family. My mum belongs to one of them. She was shocked to hear that I’m planning to get a boat. This was despite the fact that I have bought other even bigger-ticket items for the past few years! “iuboating” is set up also to change this traditional perspective. The only way is through education. I believe that boating should be for everyone, and not solely dependent on whether they have deep pockets. Though I’m not exposed to boating until only recently, I feel that boating should be enjoyed especially by people living in highly-stressed Asian societies (which is oftentimes a concrete jungle).

      Thanks Shawn. I am still learning. And to all the experienced boaters out there, please help to share your experience at this site or email to for me to post your articles.

      Why “iuboating”?
      Because boating should be for u & I; boating should be for everyone.

      Earth is 71.1% water. It should be shared and enjoyed by u & i.


  2. Hi!

    Just get to chance upon your site. 2 years have pass since the last post. just wondering are there any changes to acquiring the boating license? is it a lifetime license like driving a car? How much does it usually cost as i saw on Groupon about obtaining a boating license just $150 (without medical and examination fees). Wonder is it good?
    Saw a groupon deal that cost 150 (without medical and examination fee) is it worth and good? or is it better to obtain the license ourselves?

    • Hi Chloe, yup it is a lifetime license. I did my basic course for $300, cos’ missed out on the groupon deal.
      I feel $150 is quite a good deal. includes the theory lessons (of course you can always self-study if you have the course book)
      & good as u can make friends there as well for your future boating kakis.
      Cheers! Hope it helps!

  3. Hi,

    I have always been wanted to learned how to operate a boat since I was young but did not take up the time and courage to do so until very recently, I have finally made up my mind to do it!

    Can I ask your advise where can I take up the PPCDL course and after the PPCDL course, what else I need to take? i.e. what is the process of ultimately able to own and operate a boat and enjoy the life style? 🙂

    Thanks for your advise,

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