How to obtain a NSW General Boat Licence
Obtaining a NSW General Boat and/or Jetski (PWC) Licence
To obtain a NSW General Boat and/or a Jetski (PWC) Licence requires knowledge in the following areas:
- Registration and Licencing Rules
- Distance to keep from people and objects
- Safety Equipment to be carried (Enclosed & Open Waters)
- Wearing of Lifejackets
- Responding to emergency situations
- Collision Regulations (Lights & Shapes)
- Buoyage System – Lateral & Cardinal Marks
- Preventing Fires
- Survival at Sea
- Environmental regulations
- Alcohol & drug regulations
We conduct courses 52 weeks a year.
For current dates and vacancies please click here
Boat Licence Course Structure
The NSW General Boat Licence course involves the following compulsory components:
- Pre-Study – to obtain a General boat and/or PWC Licence requires some pre-study of the rules and regulations. This is a Roads and Maritime (RMS) requirement
- Complete practical training session – We have our own dedicated training vessel and we go out in the vessel and provide training on the responsibility of being the Skipper of a recreational boat, boat safety, conducting pre-start checks and safety briefings, safety equipment requirements, anchoring, boat handling, buoyage systems, collision regulations, dealing with emergencies, understanding weather and tides etc. and
- Completing the RMS final 50 question written assessment
The following Units of Competency* are mandatory requirements from the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package (SIS10) to obtain a NSW General Boat Licence:
- (MEM50008B*) Carry out Trip Preparation and Planning
- (MEM50009B*) Safely Operate a Mechanically Powered Recreational Boat
- (MEM50010B*) Respond to Boating Emergencies and Incidents
Enrol now in the NSW General Boat Licence course
How to Enrol in a NSW Maritime Boat Licence course
The cost for the complete General Boat Licence course, including the compulsory Practical training component conducted in one session over 4 to 4 1/2 hours is $225.00 for an Adult and $195.00 for a Young Adult (12-16 years). Please note: When undertaking the complete boat licence course ‘NO LOG BOOK IS REQUIRED’.
Below you will find forms to be used to enrol in the NSW General Boat Licence Course for the issue of a General Boat Licence (for those persons 16 years+). You can choose to enrol just 1 Adult person or up to 4 Adult persons at the same time. (Providing vacancies exist – check for vacancies here) For Young Adult Boat Licence please see enrolment form at the bottom of the page.
Young Adult General Boat Licence candidates (12-16 years) must sit the same written assessment as Adult General Boat Licence candidates however when they reach the age of 16 years their licence automatically converts to a full licence without further training or assessment.
If there is more than 1 Adult person enrolling at the same time then please take advantage of our discounted rates as follows:
- 2 persons – $215.00 each (Save $10.00 each)
- 3 persons – $205.00 each (Save $20.00 each)
- 4 or more persons – $195.00 each (Save $30.00 each)
Note: You can use the discounted rate to suit your own group particularly when there is a mixture of Adults and Children. For example, we regularly have families book in, so a family of 2 Adults and 2 Children (12-16 years) would pay $820.00 but as there are 4 persons they can claim the 4 or more person rate and save an additional $40.00 by paying only the $195 each rate. ($780.00 in total not $820.00)
For safety reasons we do not collect Boat Licence fees on the day therefore pre- enrolment and pre-payment of course fees is required. Courses are conducted on a weekly basis. (Please click here for the current course dates and vacancies). Some pre-study is required prior to attending a course and we recommend that you should enrol at least 3-5 days prior to the course to allow sufficient time to read the required boating rules and regulations. We have also developed some easy to use websites that assist in understanding the rules and regulations. These websites have contributed greatly to our achievement of a very high percentage of candidates obtaining their licence on the 1st attempt. Something we are very proud of!
Not able to attend one of our scheduled courses? Why not book a private course?
We can conduct private Boat Licence courses from 2 to 6 persons on a day to suit you (subject to vacancies as we do lots of training). Our course fees for private Boat Licence training are as follows:
- 2 persons – $275.00 each
3 persons – $255.00 each (Save $20.00 each)
4 persons – $235.00 each (Save $40.00 each)
5 – 6 person $225.00 each (Save $50.00 each)
Private Boat Licence bookings require pre payment and pre study and cannot be booked online. Please call us on 0434803687 to check available dates and to make a booking.
How to Enrol in a NSW Maritime PWC Licence course
The NSW Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence, which is commonly known as a Jetski Licence, is a separate licence to the NSW General Boat Licence.
To obtain a PWC Licence you must:
- Already possess a NSW General Boat Licence, or
- Have completed the NSW General Boat Licence course (details above)
The PWC (Jetski) Licence course can be completed at the same time as the Boat Licence course and takes about an additional 1 hour and cost an extra $75.00.
To enrol in the Boat Licence & PWC Licence course please Click here to enrol
Already have a boat Licence? Then to enrol in the PWC only Licence course please Click here to enrol
Course Payment: Course fees are to be paid in full at time of enrolment. All course details, online activities, training manuals and materials will be forwarded to the student at this time.
Method of payment: We accept Direct Bank Deposit, Electronic Funds transfer (EFT) or our preferred method with our secure payment system through PayPal with Visa-Mastercard.(PayPal credit card payments can be completed and confirmed in 2-3 mins.)
Payment Method Choice: If using a method other than PayPal please note that it may take a few days for the payment to show up on bank statements and that confirmation of enrolment in any course is only when payment is received. If you wish to pay by direct deposit or EFT our banking details are:
- Company Name – Blue Water Cruise Line Pty Ltd
- Bank – Commonwealth
- BSB – 062-826
- Account # – 1005 6552
Location: Courses are held in Newcastle weekly however we receive approx. 30% of applicants from Sydney and the Central Coast so please book early.
Please continue on below to finalise the enrolment process.
Click here to book: Boat Licence - 1 Person - $225.00
Click here to book: Boat Licence - 2 Persons $430.00 (Save $20.00)
Click here to book: Boat Licence - 3 Persons $615.00 (Save $60.00)
Click here to book: Boat Licence - 4 Persons $780.00 (Save $120.00)
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Pensioner Concession and Young Adult Boat Licence
How to Enroll for a Pensioner Concession or Young Adult Licence
The form below is to be used to enrol in the NSW Maritime General Boat Licence Course for a Pensioner Concession or a Young Adult General Boat Licence (for those persons 12 – 16 years) The following Units of Competency* are mandatory requirements to obtain a NSW Maritime Young Adult General Boat Licence:
- (MEM50.8EA*) Carry out Trip Preparation and Planning
- (MEM50.9EA*) Safely Operate a Mechanically Powered Recreational Boat
- (MEM50.10EA*) Respond to Boating Emergencies and Incidents
Location: Course are held in Newcastle weekly
Cost of training: $195.00. Payment: Course fees are to be paid in full at time of enrollment. Enrolments can be made at any time. All course notes, manuals, assessments, training manuals and materials will be forwarded to the student at this time.
Method of payment: We accept direct bank deposit or secure payment through PayPal with Visa-Mastercard.
Click here to book: Pensioner Conc. or Young Adult Boat Licence - $195.00
Click here to book: Young Adult Boat Licence - 2 persons
Click here to make a course inquiry
Obtaining a NSW General Jetski (PWC) Licence
The NSW Maritime Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence, which is commonly known as a Jetski Licence, is a separate licence to the NSW Maritime General Boat Licence. To obtain a Jetski Licence you must:
- Already possess a NSW Maritime General Boat Licence, or
- Have completed the NSW Maritime General Boat Licence course (details above)
The Jetski (PWC) Licence course can be completed at the same time as the General Boat Licence course and takes about an additional 1 hour and cost $75.00 if completed at the same time as the Boat Licence (Save $35.00)
To enrol in the Boat Licence & PWC Licence course please
Already have a boat Licence?
To enrol in the PWC only Licence course please
Hi Peter, The Boat Licence course I attended today was so well run and enjoyable, I was actually shocked. I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did and all the extra tips you gave and demonstrated, not for the exam, but for our boating enjoyment, made this course so valuable. I would highly recommend you to everyone, and now believe a refresher course should be compulsory as so many laws change over time. I thank you for your professionalism and pleasing delivery of all the info required to pass the test. Well done!Kylie B
This is the most impressive experience I’ve had in training, development and leisure in the past 10 years as a professional.Steve N.
Hi Peter and Derek, thank you for all your assistance with the NSW Maritime Boat Licence course. I would like to compliment you both on a professional well organized training course. Your attention to detail and forward planning made the day most enjoyable and allowed for a stress free exam. Rest assured I would not hesitate to recommend your services and certainly would look no further should I require any additional training.Pat B.
The course was run very professionally with instructors willing to help and answer questions. Reference material was also very good.Scott C.
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Boat Licence Enrolment
Boat Licence - Enrol 1 Person - $225.00
Boat Licence - Enrol 2 Persons - $430.00 (Save $20.00)
Boat Licence - Enrol 3 Persons - $615.00 (Save $60.00)
Boat Licence - Enrol 4 Persons - $780.00 (Save $120.00)
Pensioner Concession or Young Adult Boat Licence Enrollment
Concession or Young Adult Boat Licence - $195.00
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