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NSW Boat Licence

Get your boat licence in a day! This course provides all the practical training and theory knowledge required by the small boat driver. The course is delivered in a fun, hands-on way by an expert instructor. We include everything you need for the NSW Boat Licence. (Age 12-plus).

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)
  • On board 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.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

For an internationally accredited certificate join our 2 day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course. (see below). This also converts to a NSW boat licence.

Private course 

If you have your own small group we can arrange a private course for you. You pay for three places and can bring up to 4 people.

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    1 day
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    1 day
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    1 day
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What's included

All safety equipment and a logbook.

  • AS Start Powerboating certificate
  • NSW General Boat Licence or
  • NSW Restricted Boat Licence (12-16 years)

Before you start

The course is designed for beginners.

The minimum age for this course is 12. A Restricted Boat Licence is available for those aged 12 to 15.

If you are 16 or over you are eligible for the NSW General Boat Licence.

What next?

Powerboat drivers in New South Wales are required to hold the NSW Boat Licence. 

This can be obtained by taking the certificate you receive on this course together with photo ID and the licence fee to NSW Roads and Maritime, James Craig Road, Roselle, NSW 2039. Telephone 02 9563 8777.

If you want a Personal Watercraft Licence to drive a jetski you must complete the General Boat Licence course first.

If you are operating a marine radio in NSW you must also hold an ACMA Marine Radio Licence 

They said

Jason Crawley - 'The course was magnificent! I’m now fully addicted to the life aquatic'

Sean Ruffner - Really enjoyed today. Thank you very much for making it perfect. 

Jeanette Kim - 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!

    See also

    • AS Safety Boat Operator

      This course provides the safety boat handling skills needed to support water-based activities at clubs, schools and outdoor recreation centres.
    • Marine First Aid

      This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors, yacht skippers and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.
    • Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

      This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.
    • ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

      This one day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC
    • RYA Powerboat Level 2

      This course provides intensive training in the practical skills and theory knowledge needed by the small boat driver. You will learn to drive our rigid inflatable rescue craft.