NSW Boat Licence

This course provides all the practical training and theory knowledge you need to get your NSW Boat Licence and is delivered in a hands-on way by an expert instructor in one, fun, day. Bookings are open to adults and kids aged 12 and upwards.
26 May
Thu 26 May 2022
1 day, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $395.00 incl. GST
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28 May
Sat 28 May 2022
1 day, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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12 June
Sun 12 Jun 2022
1 day, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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25 June
Sat 25 Jun 2022
1 day, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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During the day you will spend the morning in the classroom and the afternoon on Sydney Harbour learning to drive our rigid inflatable rescue craft.

Course content

Practical skills

  • Safety and preparation (kill cord, life jackets, communications, crew position and safety)
  • High-speed handling (trim, stability, driving position, crew safety, waves, quick stop)
  • Low-speed handling (close quarters, standing off, wind and tide)
  • Rules of the road (application of basic IRPCS whilst underway)
  • Seamanship skills (anchoring, berthing, handling lines, mooring buoys)
  • Emergency situations (types of emergency, man overboard recovery, marine radio distress calls)

Powerboat theory

  • Personal equipment (clothing, lifejackets etc)
  • Parts of the boat (basic terminology)
  • Onboard safety
  • Types of craft  (hull types, engines, fuel) 
  • Basic weather (forecasts, sea state, effect of wind and tide) 
  • Buoyage, basic collision regulations (IRPCS)
  • Legal responsibilities and obligations.

Equipment and instructors 

The course will be taught by qualified and experienced instructors using our rigid inflatable rescue craft.

We operate in small groups according to strict teaching ratios to ensure everyone gets plenty of time in the driver's seat. The course is continually assessed so there is no written examination to complete. Our pass rate is close to 100%

Training location

Sydney Harbour is our playground. The variety of conditions and busy waterways provide an outstanding training environment. 

Private course

If you arrange your own small group we can schedule a private course for you on a date that suits and you can save money too.

You pay for the course in full as below  

  • Bring up to 4 people - $1185 (296 / person)
  • Bring up to 8 people - $2200 (275 / person)

Please contact us using the private course enquiry button at the top of the page.

International Certificate of Competence 

For an internationally accredited powerboat, driver's certificate join our 2 day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course.

This certification is essential for professional Yachtmasters and watersports instructors and is widely recognised as a certificate of competence in Europe. It also converts to a NSW boat licence.

What's included

Safety equipment, logbook, PFD and foul weather clothing if required


  • Australian Sailing Start Powerboating Certificate
  • Get your NSW General Boat Licence by taking the certificate you receive on this course, together with photo ID and the licence fee, to an RMS office (NSW Roads and Maritime) within 1 year. 

Before you start

  • The course is suitable for beginners.
  • If you are 16 years or over you are eligible for the NSW General Boat Licence.
  • A Restricted Boat Licence is available for those aged 12 to 15.

What next?

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence 

  • If you want to drive a Jetski, or other personal watercraft, in New South Wales you need to obtain a PWC Licence
  • Once you have your General Boat Licence you can upgrade to a PWC licence by taking the PWC knowledge test. We will provide further information about how to get this when you book your course.

Marine Radio Licence and First Aid

  • If you are operating a marine radio in NSW you must also hold an ACMA Marine Radio Licence 
  • All boat operators are strongly advised to complete a Marine First Aid course.
  • If you are involved in towing operations it is mandatory for the master to hold a first aid certification.


  • Jason Crawley
    • NSW Boat licence
    • “ The course was magnificent! I’m now fully addicted to the life aquatic' ”
  • Sean Ruffner
    • NSW Boat licence
    • “ Really enjoyed today. Thank you very much for making it perfect. ”
  • Jeanette Kim
    • NSW Boat licence
    • “ The instructor was awesome! Made the lessons clear, fun and very informative. They focus on water safety and everything you need, to enjoy your time out on your boat. What are you waiting for? Get a boat licence and enjoy our beautiful harbour! ”