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Frequently Asked Questions

To help you make an informed decision about whether you would like to complete your training with us we have complied a list questions people often ask us about our boat licence courses.

  • Do your courses meet all the requirements for obtaining a Boat or PWC Licence?
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    Yes they do. We specialise in one day courses which include theory, RMS multiple-choice test and on water practical. No further testing is required and you will not need to complete the RMS Logbook. Simply take the documentation we give you to an RMS Service Centre, along with the correct Proof of Identity and pay the licence fee to get your licence issued. The courses are delivered by experienced qualified maritime trainers.  You will not regret the time spent learning correct boat handling skills and how to apply the boating rules on the water, where it counts the most.

  • How much do your courses cost?
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    Costs vary depending on the course option selected. Most people opt for the one day boat licence course or the combined boat and pwc licence course.

    • Boat licence with practical $265.00 per person.
    • Boat licence and PWC with practical $310 per person.
    • Boat licence theory only $ 125.00 per person.
    • Boat and PWC theory only $185.00 per person.
    • Boat licence practical only $160.00 per person.

    Group booking discounts are available for all options. Our booking system is configured to automatically deduct the discount from the invoice depending on the number booked online at once. For two people the discount is 5% each, for three people the discount is 10% each and for four or more people the discount is 15% each.

  • What should I wear?
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    Shorts or trousers, shirt, runners or boat shoes are ideal. Don't forget a jacket, sunglasses and hat for the practical session.

  • What type of vessel is used for the practical training?
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    In Sydney where the majority of courses with practical operate the training vessel is 6.1 Quintrex Coastrunner with a capacity of 6 people plus the trainer. This vessel is ideally suited to boat licence training as it features high sides, protective clears, a good size cockpit area and walk through to the anchor. So, there is plenty of room for students to move around and participate in the training. The vessel operates year round in all conditions. Practical sessions will only be cancelled if the Trainer deems conditions to be unsafe.

  • Will I learn safety techniques, boat handling skills, docking, anchoring and how to apply boating rules on the water?
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    Most definitely. Safety is a large part of what we are about. Feeling safe and knowledgeable makes boating a million times more enjoyable for you, your family and friends. Our courses focus on teaching the boating rules, correct boat handling skills, how to be safe and be prepared for an emergency.

  • What if I have an language or literacy issue?
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    Let us know before the course so we can discuss options with you. Call us to have a chat with one of our experienced crew.

  • What happens if I can't attend on the day?
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    Let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for someone else to have your place on the vessel. We can transfer your booking to an alternative date.

  • How many people are there on a course?
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    Courses run in small groups from a minimum of 5-6 people to a maximum of 12 people.

  • Can children attend the course?
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  • Do I need to bring ID to the course?
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    When attending boat and or PWC licence training you must bring on the day: 1 form of full proof of identity (POI) such as a current drivers licence. OR one form of primary ID, such as a Passport or a Birth Certificate and one form of Secondary ID such as a Medicare Card, Pensioners Concession Card, current Student ID, or a current Credit Card. Identification requirements are detailed on the Roads and Maritime website at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/licence/poi.html. PWC students must bring ID (as stated) PLUS two colour passport photographs. Our trainers are required to sight the passport photographs and ID for all attendees. Failure to bring the photographs to the course theory venue may result in documentation being withheld until they have been verified by the trainer. NOTE: Young adult licence applicants (persons between 12 years and under 15 years of age) are required to provide one form of primary ID and one form of secondary ID.

  • Do you accept payment on the day?
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    No we do not accept payment on the day or hold places for payment on the day as we only have a certain number of places available on the training vessel and in the classroom. If you have friend who wants to join you on the course let us know. They will need to pay prior to the course date to ensure their place.

  • What is your refund policy?
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    We do not not offer refunds on course enrolments for change of mind. Refunds may be considered on a case-by-case basis. NMC reserves the right to apply a refund administration fee of no more than $35.00 to cover accounting and related administration costs. Notifications of cancellations or requests for a course transfer must be made to the National Maritime College before your anticipated course date. We understand that the unexpected can happen, and we will do our best to find an alternative course date for you to attend. Click here to view our full terms and conditions.


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