Frequently Asked Boat License Questions
Please read these frequently asked questions and answers before contacting our office.
Q. How long does the NSW boat licence course run?
A. All Sydney courses commence at 9am and finish around 3.30pm. Canberra courses are run on Thursday or Friday evenings and practical sessions on Saturdays.
Q. Do I get my boat licence on the day?
A. At the end of the course you get your training certificate and completed application form. The form can be taken into a Roads and Maritime Office (formally known as NSW Maritime and RTA) or you can post it in.
Q. Can I do the PWC (Jet ski) course on the same day?
A. If you successfully pass the general boat licence course, you can complete the PWC course straight afterwards. There is an additional fee of $85 for this course.
Q. Do I need to fill out a logbook as well?
A. No. If you complete the practical component with us, you do not need to do a logbook.
Q. What if I fail the exam?
A. If you fail the exam on the day, you can take it again! Maritime Training School students are allowed to take the exam twice a day until they pass – with no extra charge!
Q. How long is my certificate valid for?
A. 12 months from the date of issue. If you do not present it to Roads and Maritime NSW within the 12 months, you will need to resit the course and pay the fees again.
Q. I had a boat licence but it has expired now. What do I do?
A. If your licence expired in the last 5 years, you can contact Roads and Maritime NSW and they will reissue it. If it has been longer than 5 years, you will need to do a boating safety course.
Q. What clothes do I wear on the day?
A. Students are required to wear normal clothing to suit weather conditions. There is no swimming involved. Maritime Training School requests no thongs for your own safety.
Q. I can’t speak/read/write English very well – Can I still do the course?
A. Yes you can. If you would like an interpreter present, you can make an appointment with Roads and Maritime NSW and they will send you the required information for you to sit the theory component and exam. You can then complete the practical component with us.
Q. I have language, learning and numeracy (LLN) difficulties – Can I still do this course ?
A. Yes you can. Maritime Training School is well equipped to assist you with any LLN needs and our trainers are patient and well trained.
Q. What age can I apply for my NSW Boat License?
A. You must be at least 12 years old to participate in this course.
Q. Why do I need a NSW Boat License?
A. It is a legal requirement to have a NSW boat licence to operate a vessel at more than 10 knots.
Q. Who enforces the safe boating rules and what if I breach them?
A. The Water Police and you will have your licence revoked.
Q. Does my NSW boat licence go on my car license?
A. No, in NSW it is a standalone licence but you can now request it to be added to your drivers licence if you would prefer.
Q. Does the NSW boat license cover all size vessels?
A. Yes it does, if the vessel is for recreational purposes only.
Q. Can I use my NSW boat licence in other states that require a licence?
A. Yes you can, but if you change your residence to another state you are required to transfer your license to that state.