Boat & Jet Ski Licences

Maritime Training School offer the boat license course in Sydney and Canberra as a one day course. Our qualified trainers will ensure you have a fun day out on the water. The boat licence course is designed for both the experienced and the newcomer, even young adults are catered for! Enrol online or over the phone today!

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Deckhand, Exemption 38 & Coxswain Courses

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Boat Licence Course | NSW Boat Licence

Welcome to the Maritime Training School

We’ve been providing maritime training since 2009 and our team of qualified trainers have up to 35 years of experience on the water. Whether you want a boat or jetski licence, need some help with private training, or are looking to complete your Deckhand, Coxswain 1, 2 or 3, or Marine Radio course, we can help you.

Get Your NSW Boat Licence With Us

In NSW, when operating a powered vessel capable of travelling at speeds over 10 knots, you are required to hold a NSW boat licence. Canberra residents who use NSW waterways also need a NSW boat licence. You also require practical training and experience prior to undertaking the NSW Boat Licence test.

Live in Sydney or Canberra? Maritime Training Schools is one of the best places to get your NSW boat licence. Our one day boat licence courses provide all the training and testing you need to get your boat licence – and also give you a great day out on the water as well.

Whether you’re a complete novice or have had loads of practice on a mate’s boat already, the boat licence course will provide you with a wealth of information and give you the knowledge, testing and practical experience required to get that licence. Young adults over 12 can apply for a young adult’s licence too, so if the kids are keen, bring them along as well.

“What a fabulous day we had at the NSW boat license course on Sunday. We are novices and we were made to feel totally at ease by the team. By the end of the day we all felt very confident about going out on the harbour in our new boat. Thanks.” R. Kershaw

Sydney Boat Licence Course

With Maritime Training School’s NSW Boat Licence Course, not only will you have everything you need to get your licence, you’ll have a great day out on the water as well. In Sydney, the theory component of the boat licence course takes place either in one of our waterfront classrooms, or aboard our 60ft cruiser, the MV Silver Spirit. The course is held in Mosman (we can also pick you up in Rose Bay or Cabarita and take you there) or in Sans Souci.

The practical component is held on our 6.5 metre training boat where you’ll do all the practical exercises required for your licence (on Sydney Harbour for the Mosman course, St George’s River and Botany Bay for Sans Souci). Then it’s back to the classroom for the NSW General Boat Licence Test – a 40-question multiple choice test.

Once you’ve successfully passed the test you’ll have a training certificate and completed application form to take to the Roads and Maritime Services office where your licence will be issued.

Canberra Boat Licence Course

In Canberra, power boats are not permitted on the lakes, but there are many NSW waterways nearby, so a NSW General Boat Licence is often required. The Maritime Training School holds courses at the Dickson Tradies on a Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm. You can then attend our one hour practical session at Lake Ginninderra on the following Saturday.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence

If you’ve ever been on holidays down or up the coast and thought that taking out a jetski looks like fun, you might be surprised to discover that you can’t – not unless you have a licence. That’s right. In NSW, a special licence is required to drive a personal watercraft (PWC) regardless of what speed it is driven. And you can’t just go and get a jetski licence at your local fishing shop or servo either! To get a PWC Licence, the General Boat Licence test must be passed first, and you have to get your licence from the Roads and Maritime Services office, just like a boat licence.

Don’t wait till you’re on holidays to find out you can’t go buzzing around the waterways on a jetski! Add the PWC Safety Course on to your one day NSW Boat Licence Course and get it all sorted before you head away.

Private Training Also Available

If you’ve already got a boat and a licence, but feel like you need a few more trips with an experienced skipper before you take it out, we can definitely help out there as well. Or perhaps you want to take over the wheel on a hire or friend’s boat confidently and competently. You don’t need to own a boat to become an expert sailor but you do need some experience – especially if you’re the sole skipper in charge. We can also help with pre-purchase advice and boat delivery for when you do decide to get your own boat.

Want to Work on the Water? Start Your Career Here.

At the Maritime Training College we also provide training for the Maritime Operations 1 certificate (General Purpose Deckhand), Coxswain Grade 1, Coxswain Grade 2, AMSA Exemption 38 (also referred to as ‘Coxswain 3′) certificates and the Marine Radio Licence. So if you love the idea of working on the ferries or one of the many marinas or commercial vessels around Sydney’s beautiful harbour, start your training now. Working on the water is a great life – we highly recommend it!

Give the Gift of Boating

So your partner always talked about getting a boat, and just needs a nudge. Or you’ve got a boat and want your mates to discover how amazing it is (and for them to be able to take control of your boat properly too). Or your kids or grandkids want to do the deckhand or coxswain course, and you’d love to help. A boat training gift certificate is a great gift idea. To purchase a gift certificate, simply fill out the order form here and send it to us at the Maritime Training School. We’ll post your gift certificate out straight away and the recipient can then contact us to book into their course. Easy.

Experienced and Approachable Boat Trainers

Our trainers have had up to 35 years’ experience across a range of boats and situations including ferries, industry, commercial charters, fishing trailers, competitions, and the Navy. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in boats, they’re all great trainers as well. You’ll learn a lot – that’s guaranteed!

Flexible Schedules – You Can Change Your Booking if Required

We understand that things happen, and you may need to change the date of your course. This is easily arranged with two days’ notice – just give us a call, and we can arrange for you to do your course on another date.

Hundreds of Satisfied Customers

We know you’ll be happy with our maritime training courses, but you don’t have to just take our word for it! We have loads of satisfied customers who have let us know how much our courses have helped them. Here are just a couple. You can find many more on our testimonials page.

“I believe this course was far more efficient than many hours learning from less knowledgeable instructors (e.g.other boat users).” L. Browett

“We’d like to extend our thanks to Chris, Paul and everyone at the Maritime Training School for all their help. Could not have made it any easier for our group booking. If you are in need of a boat license or PWC license, we recommend Maritime Training School!” Trooper Lu’s Garage

“The course was pleasant and took the stress out of the situation of being examined. I recommend this method. The course fees are good value for money.” B. Weston

Enrol With the Boat Licence Experts Now

At the Maritime Training School, we love helping get people out on the water. Getting your boat licence is a great way to take advantage of the fantastic harbour we have right here – even if you don’t have your own boat. Having your own licence means you can take the wheel of a friend’s boat with confidence, or hire your own boat for the day. And if you want a career on the water, we can help there too. Don’t put if off any longer. Give us a call on 1800 144 296 and book your place on one of our fantastic courses now. We look forward to seeing you on the water!