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Private Boat Licence Course

Getting your Boat Licence with us is simple And fun.

Boat Wise Mentor and Captain Tristian Explaining Boat Skills to Students

Gone are the days of sitting in a boring classroom with a group of strangers.

Our fun and engaging boat licence course gives you the skills and confidence you need to hit the water and start exploring.

You'll learn on our comfortable 6.5m training vessel while cruising the stunning waters of Sydney Harbour.

Our experienced and passionate instructors will guide you through the course, giving you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a confident and safe boat operator.

Our private boat licence course is designed to be enjoyable and informative. You’ll get hands-on experience as you learn navigation, safety, and boat handling skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice your skills on the water, ensuring that you are fully prepared for whatever comes your way on Sydney Harbour.

Course Details

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Gladesville Bridge Marina

Runtime: 4-5hrs

9:00am - 2:00pm


7 Days

Why choose Boat Wise?

Two parts:

1. Online Theory

Complete OUR Pre-Study consisting of the Boat Wise Handbook
(and our bonus optional online quiz, if you want to practice)

2. Practical

Practical on Water, assessment and training.

You will learn:

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 water

(etiquette, signs, managing busy traffic)

Boating skills

(anchoring, berthing, handling lines, mooring buoys)

Emergency situations

(types of emergency, man overboard recovery, marine radio distress calls)

Personal equipment

(clothing, lifejackets etc)

Parts of the boat

(basic terminology)

Types of craft

(hull types, engines, fuel)

Basic weather

(forecasts, sea state, effect of wind and tide)

Buoyage, basic collision regulations


Onboard safety

Legal responsibilities and obligations

The course is continually assessed, so there is no written examination. Your instructor will assess your skills and knowledge throughout the day.

The Pre-Study Handbook takes about 1-2 hours to complete at home at your own pace, and the practical component takes about 4-5 hours on Sydney Harbour with our highly experienced instructors.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you will receive an electronic certificate via email. You will need to print this out in a PDF format and take it to Service NSW or Maritime head office in Rozelle to pay the government fees and obtain your official boat licence.

Sign up for our Boat Licence Course today and start your next adventure!

Our course is tailored to your needs, so whether you're a complete novice or an experienced boater looking to refresh your skills, we can help.

Course investment: $1,342 inc GST, 2 people max.

Don't settle for a boring classroom experience when you can learn while enjoying the stunning scenery of Sydney Harbour.

Book in today and let’s get this journey underway!

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