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Boating offers a sense of freedom and adventure which is hard to find anywhere else. At the National Maritime College we believe in fun, relaxed, safe and challenging learning for all students, regardless of experience or ability. Whether you're looking to learn power boat or yacht handling skills, or building towards a maritime career we'll teach you current maritime industry practices and correct seamanship skills.
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Boat Licence Courses

Learn boat handling skills, essential boating knowledge, safety information as well as the maritime rules and regulations.

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Maritime Services

Get expert advice and assistance on all aspects of boating from provisioning and voyage planning to tailored crew training.

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Recreation Courses

Before driving a car you had to learn practical skills and the rules of the road. You should do the same before taking the helm.

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Night navigation on Sydney Harbour


Everything changes on the
water at night

Night navigation requires special attention from Skippers. It is more difficult to judge distances, there are visibility issues caused from silhouetted shorelines, where lights from the shore stream across the water in ribbons and it is more difficult to avoid a collision.


Share your boating experiences

Engage with our maritime trainers and staff. Join the community following our blog, The Chart Room.

Power vs sail
It's important for every Skipper of a driven vessel (boat or PWC) to know and understand
the navigation rules as they relate to sailing vessels.

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Meaning of safe speed
Rule 6 - Safe Speed of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
requires every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take
proper and effective action to avoid collision.

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Person overboard
Good skipper's are judged by how they react in emergencies, not when things
are going well. On the water quick decisions are required, with options often being limited
and time being critical.

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