Boat Licence, Safety & Powerboat Training

Welcome to Flying Fish Sailing's Boat Licence, Boat Safety, and Powerboat Training Centre on Sydney Harbour

Get certified as a recreational boat skipper with our comprehensive Boat Licence and Boat Safety courses.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced boater, our range of short courses provides intensive training in the practical skills and background theory knowledge needed by small boat drivers.

Our friendly, qualified, and experienced instructors will help you navigate the waters safely, legally and confidently.

Boat licence courses 

Choose between our popular one-day New South Wales (NSW) Boat Licence course or the more extensive two-day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course. 

The latter grants you the NSW Boat Licence and an International Certificate of Competence, recognized worldwide. It’s a minimum requirement for yacht crew and commercial watersports instructors.

Commercial training 

If you’re pursuing commercial opportunities, start with our AMSA Coxswain Grade 3 course. It’s the first step in the AMSA qualification scheme and offers an affordable entry point to Australia’s commercial boating world.

Boat safety courses 

When it comes to boating, knowledge and experience equals safety and prevention of accidents and incidents.

Improve your risk profile with our short courses in Essential Navigation, Marine First Aid, Offshore Safety and Sea Survival, and Engine Maintenance training. 

And don’t forget if you are operating a marine radio you must hold a valid Marine Radio Operator’s licence by law.

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Boat Licence and Boat Safety Courses


AMSA Coxswain Grade 3

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Coxswain grade 3 is a domestic Certificate of Competency for operating in Australian waters. The certificate holder can commercially operate a vessel less than 12 metres in length for limited purposes in specified waters. It is the first rung on the ladder of the AMSA qualification scheme and represents an excellent low-cost entry point to commercial boating in Australia.

4 days



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.

1 day



RYA Powerboat Level 2

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

2 days



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.

2 days



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

1 day



AS/ISAF Offshore Safety and Sea Survival

This two-day course meets the requirements of World Sailing (formerly ISAF), RYA and AS for crew planning to take part in offshore yacht races like the Sydney to Hobart race. The course is also highly recommended for anyone going to sea for any purpose.

2 days



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.

16 hours - self-paced



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.

1 day



Outboard Engine Maintenance

This one day course is for the Sydney boating enthusiast who wants a basic understanding of the operation and maintenance of an outboard motor. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and to rectify defects which do not require workshop support.

1 day



RYA Diesel Engines

This course gives you an overall awareness of the central systems of a marine diesel engine. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects that do not require workshop support.

1 day


Boat Licence Course Overview

See our video to get an overview of what our NSW boat licence course covers.

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Take your Boating Skills to the Next Level

To further develop your boating knowledge, skills, and expertise, consider our Dayskipper Shorebased and Yachtmaster Shorebased courses.

Outboard Engine Maintenance

Learn the intricacies of maintaining and optimizing outboard engines to keep your boat running smoothly.

Diesel Engines Course

Master the fundamentals of diesel engines, an invaluable skill for boaters seeking self-reliance on the water.