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Gaining a NSW Boat or PWC Licence

We are passionate about helping fellow boat and personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiasts gain valuable maritime knowledge and their licence in no time at all. That is why we offer one-day courses to teach you everything you need to pass your Boat or PWC licence test and then we help you to apply the knowledge learned on the water so that you can secure your licence quickly and with confidence.

Boat and PWC licence tests in Sydney and around NSW

We help people from across Sydney's boat-loving suburbs and around NSW not only gain their licence but also to feel more prepared for the many situations the sea can throw at you. We offer boat licence courses, PWC licence courses and combined packages if you wish to get your Boat and PWC licence at the same time, all in one-day and including both licence tests and a boat practical. There is also a Restricted Licence available for 12 and under 16 year olds. Even better, if you invite a friend or two along, or your family we'll give you all a discount. Browse our dates and training locations to find a time and place that suits you.

The speed at which you drive your boat will determine whether you need a licence. If you drive a powered vessel for recreational purposes on NSW waters, at a speed of 10 knots (18.5km/h) or more, you must have a boat driving licence. Ten knots is the speed at which most accelerating boats will start to plane (rise up and skim on top of the water, instead of ploughing through it). You must have a personal watercraft (PWC) driving licence to drive a PWC at any speed.

Learning requirements

There are two main learning components you need to complete before you can apply for the licence. Once you have met these requirements, you can apply for a licence.

  1. Theory knowledge and test.
  2. Evidence of practical boating experience.

Course options

The National Maritime College offers five trainer-led boat licence training options. Course options One and Two provide you with the fastest way to meet all the learning requirements in just one day. It is fun relaxing training delivered by experienced maritime trainers. Booking on a course is an easy process using our mobile-friendly website and booking system. If you are balancing home and work life commitments you may prefer completing the boat or boat and PWC licence theory only course first and then complete the boat licence practical on a different date. Call 1300 723 112 and we will process the booking for you.

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Option 1 - Boat Licence with on water practical

Price: $265 per person. Group booking discounts available.

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Option 4 - Boat Licence theory

Price: $165.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.

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Option 2 - Boat & PWC Licence with boat practical

Price: $295.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.

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Option 5 - Boat & PWC Licence theory combined

Price: $185.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.

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Option 3 - Boat Licence Practical

Price: $175.00 per person.

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  • Select your preferred course option from the right-hand navigation links
  • From the "Enrolment Tab" click the yellow "Enrol Button" next to your preferred date and location. Complete the booking, submit and proceed to payment.
  • On completion of the booking/enrolment process you'll receive a detailed confirmation email explaining everything you need to know and bring on the day.
  • The day before your scheduled course date we'll send you a text reminder to your designated mobile phone number.
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What others have to say

Here are a few words from people who have completed one of our Boat Licence courses.

A+++ on the practical training

It was great how the trainer demonstrated and quizzed the approaches, overtaking and right of way on the boat. The kids really took that in and made them more confident on the water the following week. Terry

Engaging with real-life experiences

"The College crew were fantastic. This was not your dry, run of the mill boat licence course, the trainer engaged us with real life examples making the lessons far easier to grasp. It was obvious the trainer was experienced and passionate about boating".
Matt

Informative hands-on practical

"The trainer perceived exactly my areas of concern, helped me to relax and really took the time and effort to ensure that I gained some skill as well as general boating knowledge. I began to understand the principles of boating, feeling the wind and current and gaining confidence while learning how to dock the training boat." Julie

Experienced and knowledgeable trainer

"The trainer was excellent. He was good at putting information across in a way which was easy to understand". Dan

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