To obtain your boat licence, you need to have:

  • practical boating experience
  • undertaken the theory seminar
  • passed the theory exam
The whole process can be achieved in just one day by attending our approved course. We'll take you through the theory and do the examination, and take you on the water and deliver comprehensive training and assessment to the standards required by NSW Maritime.

If you also want your PWC licence, we can incorporate that on the day and you can do the PWC assessment on the day. The PWC training and assessment is theory only.

When you successfully complete the assessments, we'll provide you with a Satisfactory Course Completion Certificate and a Licence Application Form, which you can take or mail to Maritime to obtain your boat or PWC licence, no further testing is required.

This is the simplest, quickest and most efficient way to gain your licence.

Every student receives a copy of our high quality color notes, which include the state boat and PWC rules for NSW, VIC, and QLD. These notes are the best in the country and cover everything a new skipper needs to know.

Every student also receives a copy of our free* training DVD so that there's plenty of useful boating information you can view after the course.

Our advantages include high quality product and the extra value we provide our customers.

The other way to obtain the practical boating experience component can be achieved by your logging a minimum 3 separate boat trips, and under the supervision of a General Licence Holder who has had a General Powerboat Licence for a minimum of 3 years. The supervisor will sign your log book and this must be presented along with your Course Completion Certificate to Maritime to obtain your licence. The Course Completion Certificate is given to you after successfully passing the theory examination. If you choose to go this way, you can come to us just for the theory seminar and theory examination before or after you do the log book. It's better to do the theory seminar with us first, so you can receive proper training on the rules before you start out on the water.

In other words we offer the full day course.  We also offer half day or evening theory seminars. Check the training centre schedules on this site for details. So whichever way you want to gain your licence, we offer the service you need.

To gain maximum benefit from the classroom session we advise you to do some pre-study prior to attending. Pre study on line course is available on this site: Click Here

If you prefer, you can download the study manual here (PDF 1.3mb)


You'll need to bring along suitable proof of identity. Eg drivers licence, passport.

Persons aged 12-16 years must bring a birth certificate, either original or a certified copy. Their parent or guardian is also required to show proof of identity.

If you're doing the practical session you'll need suitable clothing, hat, sunglasses, sun lotion.

The course is nationally accredited, and the national training package competency units you will attain are activity specialisations within the Outdoor Recreation Industry Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation. The competency units are:

MEM50008B Carry out trip preparation and planning
MEM50009B Safely operate a small mechanically powered vessel (for students completing the practical)
MEM50010B Respond to boating emergencies and incidents


• NSW marine regulations
• Collision avoidance rules
• Safety equipment and how to use it
• Navigation
• Anchoring
• Trip planning
• Managing emergencies
• Weather and tides
• Engine and boat maintenance
• Marine radio

The course builds boating knowledge, skill and confidence. It's ideal for people new to boating, and also for existing boaties who wish to upgrade their navigational skills and knowledge of current regulations.

$$$ Savings are available for multiple and group bookings

For more detailed schedule information e-mail or call our local training centre.

Candidates who have significant problems with understanding, reading or writing English are advised to contact their local NSW Maritime office, where interpretative services can be made available.

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