NSW General Boating License Course

Getting your boating licence with us is EASY and fun.

Our NSW boating licence course provides hands-on training in all the practical and technical skills of operating a boat, in just one fun-filled day on Sydney Harbour

What you can expect

Complete your activity-based logbook aboard our training vessel. This course runs for approximately 2.5 hours and will fulfil all your practical training requirements to get a boat licence:

Course Content

Practical skills

Safety and preparation​

High-speed handling
(trim, sta
bility, 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)

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.

Already know how to operate a boat but just need a refresher on a few specific skills?

Book some time with our qualified instructors who will match your boating expertise and passion to get you back up to speed.

What happens after?

When you have successfully completed our General Boating License safety training course, you will obtain an application for licence (completed at the course).  You then present the application along with the licence fee and completed logbook to NSW Government Service Centre. This will qualify you for a NSW General Boating Licence. You can apply for a NSW Boat Licence with Roads and Maritime Services after completing this course. You will need to take the certificate you receive on this course together with photo ID and the licence fee to Roads and Maritime Sydney City or Rozelle. Once you’ve completed your NSW General Boating Licence, there may be specific skills that you’d like to work on to feel supported going forward.

Practical boating log book

If you have not completed your log book, we can help you fill it out properly for submission.

Next steps? Get the on water training you need to operate your boat like a seasoned captain.

We provide practical take-home boating knowledge for all skill levels and experiences.

Personalised Packages

At Boat Wise every session is tailored to the needs of our clients. With a no one-size-fits-all approach, our expert trainers are passionate about providing our clients a custom training experience depending on their boating requirements.