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NSW Boat and PWC Licence | Sydney Boat Licence Courses

The National Maritime College (NMC) specialises in Boat and PWC Licence one day courses. Our courses provide applicants with the best overall boating education experience as well as meeting all NSW RMS requirements for obtaining the licence in the one day. Boat licence courses cater for both experienced and beginners and can be completed by any one 16 years or older. There is also a restricted boat licence available for young people between 12 and 15 years old. It is fun relaxing training delivered by experienced maritime trainers. Bring along family or friends and you will get a group booking discount. 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 licence or boat and PWC licence theory only session and then complete the boat practical on a different date. Call 1300 723 112 and we will process the booking for you.

How to obtain your Boat or PWC Licence

There are two main learning components required before you can apply for the licence:

  • Theory knowledge and test.
  • Evidence of practical boating.

Choose from four trainer-led course options. To get the most effective training and best overall learning experience we recommend completing either Option 1 or Option 2. This way you can meet all the requirements in the one training session. Then, it is simply a matter of taking the documentation we give you to a Roads and Maritime Service Centre to obtain your licence. Boat and PWC Licence private courses are also available for groups of eight or more people. Price on application. Conditions apply.


Boat licence with practical,offers a great overall training experience with hands-on practical. Includes theory, test and on-water practical. On successful completion of the training with us, simply present the documentation we give you along with your proof of identity at your nearest Roads and Maritime Service Centre, pay the licence fee and you will then be issued with the licence. Discounts available.

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Combination Boat and PWC theory, Boat and PWC tests and boat practical. As in Option 1, just present the documentation we give you with your proof of identity at a NSW RMS Service Centre, pay the licence fee and you will be ready to head out on the water.
Discounts available.

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This course option includes sitting the NSW RMS multiple-choice licence tests. Complete either the NSW Boat Licence theory only or combine both with the Boat and PWC Licence theory session. Discounts available.

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Boat licence practical. Taking around two hours this trainer-led session is an ideal option for anyone who has already completed the theory learning component. The practical session has been designed by a current senior Master. You will benefit by learning correct boat boating and seamanship skills.

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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.

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".

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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