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Boat Licence Course Information

Maritime Training School is a Registered Training Organisation approved by Transport for NSW to carry out boat and PWC licence training.

The NSW Boat Licence Course is designed for everybody. Whether you’re brand new to boating, or you’ve been messing around in boats since you were a kid, the course will suit you. Speaking of kids, a young adult boat licence is available from the age of 12, so kids are catered to as well. It’s a great family experience! Not to mention great peace of mind knowing that your kids know all the rules and can handle a boat competently as well.

NSW Boat Licence

Boat Licence Courses Information

With the Maritime Training School, not only will you learn everything you need to know to get your NSW Boat Licence, you’ll have a fantastic day out on the water as well.

Boat Licence Courses in Mosman, Rose Bay, Cabarita, Sans Souci, Central Coast, Canberra and now our new location Manly.

Mosman

The course is held in Mosman Bay at the 3rd Sea Scout Hall Mosman in a class room setting,  starting at 9am, finishing at approximately 3.30pm. Live in the east or the west? We have pick-up points in Rose Bay (8:30am) and Cabarita (8:00am) where we can pick you up at and drop you back after the course has finished around 4:00pm. The course consists of theory, practical boat tuition and theory exam. No practical log book required. You can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence.

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Manly

You have a choice of 2 options

Option 1 – Theory and Exam only. A classroom setting at Manly Library starting at 5:00pm and finishing at 9:00pm. The course covers the theory content you need to pass the exam. You will be provided with a practical log book after successful course completion where an experienced skipper can help you complete the practical requirements for the Boat Licence. Once your log book is completed you can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence.

Option 2 – Theory, Exam and Practical Boat Tuition

A classroom setting at Manly Library starting at 9:00am, finishing at approximately 3:30pm. The course consists of theory, practical boat tuition and theory exam. No practical log book required. You can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence.

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Sans Souci

A classroom setting at St George Motor Boat Club starting at 9:00am, finishing at approximately 3:30pm. The course consists of theory, practical boat tuition and theory exam. No practical log book required. The practical training is done at the marina of the club. You can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence. 

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Central Coast

A classroom setting at Gosford District Scout Hall, starting at 9:00am, finishing at approximately 3:30pm. The course consists of theory, practical boat tuition and theory exam. No practical log book required. The practical training is done on Brisbane Waters near the hall.

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Canberra – ACT

You have a choice of 2 options

Option 1 – Theory and Exam only. A classroom setting at The Quality Hotel Dickson, starting at 5:00pm and finishing at 9:00pm. The course covers the theory content you need to pass the exam. You will be provided with a practical log book after successful course completion where an experienced skipper can help you complete the practical requirements for the Boat Licence. Once your log book is completed you can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence.

Option 2 – Theory, Exam and Practical Boat Tuition

A classroom setting at The Quality Hotel Dickson, starting at 5:00pm and finishing at 9:00pm for the theory portion on the Friday Evening. The course covers the theory content you need to pass the exam. You will be provided with a time slot to have your practical completed with our professional trainers on our training vessel on Diddams Close Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen on the Saturday. No practical log book required. You can then visit the RMS to obtain your licence on the same day.

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First, the Boat Licence Theory

The theory component of the boat licence NSW course takes place in a face to face classroom at your chosen location. Never fear – even though it’s theory (and there are some serious safety aspects) our qualified trainers make it interesting and informative. 

Then the Fun Part of the Boat Licence Course!

The practical component is the really fun part. Here you will board our  5m or 6.5m Brig training boat and put everything that you’ve learned in the classroom into real-life practice. Out on the water you’ll get behind the helm and practise boat handling, navigating, mooring and more. It can be a little challenging if you’ve never driven a boat before, but don’t worry – our qualified instructors are friendly and patient and will make sure you get it right. That’s why you’re doing the course, after all!

Our trainers have many years experience in boating, and they really know all the tricks of the trade. We’ve had experienced boaties come along and do the course to support their kids or partners, and they’ve found that they’ve learned loads as well! This is a great way to upgrade your navigation skills and knowledge of current regulations, especially if you’ve had your boat licence for a while.

Then the Boat Licence Test Itself

NSW General Boat Licence Test features 50 multiple choice questions. If you’ve studied the boating hand book, tried the RMS practice questions provided to you upon course enrolment as a link and have listened to the trainers (and we’ve done our job well!) you will hopefully pass first go. The first 20 questions requires a pass rate of 100%. The second 30 questions has a pass rate of 24/30. 

Need to Try Again? No Worries

If you don’t get the test first go, don’t worry. We will go through the questions that you missed so that you are confident you know them well, and you can attempt a different but similar test. If you don’t pass the test the second time around, you are welcome to take it again at our next course, free of charge.

Passed the Test? Now You’re Ready to Get Your Licence

NSW Boating Licences are only available from the Roads and Maritime or Service NSW, so you will still have to go into their offices to arrange that. But you will have the appropriate application form to make that part of the process quick and easy. And you’ll have had a great day out on the water as well!

Add on Your PWC Licence Training Too

To get a PWC Licence, the General Boat Licence test must be passed first. You can do both courses on the 1 day with MTS.  If you already have your boat licence you can do the PWC licence as a simple upgrade. You then have to get your PWC licence from the Roads and Maritime Services office, just like a boat licence.

Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) or jet skis require a licence no matter what the speed, and you must have passed the general boating test before you can apply for a Personal Watercraft Licence. Training for the PWC Licence is also available through the Maritime Training School and you can easily add it on to your Boat Licence training on the same day. The PWC course is theory only and there is no practical component. The course takes approximately one hour to complete, and the exam has 15 multiple choice questions. Get it all done on the one day, and save time and hassle!

Boat Licence Course Components

Our Boat Licence Course covers many topics, but three of the units are nationally recognised as core competencies adopted by government marine safety authorities to promote the safe use of waterways and to contribute to awareness of boating safety. These competencies are featured in several courses, including Boating Services Certificates I, II and III, Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training, and Outdoor Recreation. The units of competency are:

  • Unit MEM50008 (Carry out trip preparation and planning)
  • Unit MEM50009 (Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat)
  • Unit MEM50010 (Respond to boating emergencies and incidents)
  • Other components of the course include:

    • Mooring and docking
    • Overloading
    • Anchoring
    • Navigation
    • Maritime rules and regulations
    • Safety equipment operation and regulations
    • Collision regulations
    • Basic marine radio

Plus much much more, including practical observations, tips and advice from our expert trainers who have had many years’ handling boats in all situations and all weathers.  A quick look at the NSW Boating Handbook will give you a great idea of the type of information you will learn on the day.

Book in and get your boat licence now!

Been thinking about a getting a boat? Our beautiful harbour and waterways in Sydney are absolutely magical, and nothing beats a day on the water. Even if you don’t have a boat, a boat licence is great to have. You can take the helm of a mate’s boat with confidence, hire a boat yourself, or just learn an exciting new skill to add to your list of life experiences. At the Maritime Training School, we make it easy and fun. At the very least, it’s a great day out – and it’s a great price too. Don’t wait! Enrol online, or give us a call on 1800 144 296 and book your place on a NSW Boat Licence course today.

Want to test your skills? Try the Boat Test Practice Quiz

Looking for some information before the course? NSW Boating Handbook

Don’t forget to bring your identification on the day! Check here to make sure you have the right stuff! POI

Sydney Boat Licence NSW Theory, Practical and Exam

You must be at least 12 years old to participate in this course.
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Additional Course Information:

  • Bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water for the practical component on the water.
  • Bring your own lunch or purchase it from the Mosman Rowers
  • Rain, hail or shine – we haven’t missed one yet!