How to get a Boat Licence

Thank you for your NSW Maritime Boat Licence course inquiry.

All Hands on Deck Maritime Training have bee conducting Boat Licence course training for over 12 years. We are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #90927) with the Australian Quality Skills Authority (ASQA). We are also an ‘Approved Training Provider’ (ATP) with NSW Maritime.

We conduct Boat Licence courses using our own training vessel and as an ‘Authorised Training Provider’ we are approved to incorporate all the Logbook requirements into a short practical training session. This means when you undertake a Boat Licence course with All Hands on Deck Maritime Training you will save time and money as the following applies:

   * No Logbook is required

   * No need to find someone with a boat to meet the ‘Practical’ requirements

   * You do not need to go out on a boat on 3 separate occasions

  * We are fully insured

  * We conduct courses weekly and also by Private arrangement

  * We have been conducting Boat Licence training for over 12 years

  * We provide pre study material FREE OF CHARGE!

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.

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There are 3 Options to obtaining a Boat Licence as shown below

Option 1: Boat Licence Practical Session and RMS Test

This is the most popular option. The Boat Licence course can be completed quickly and Option 1 is the most cost effective.

The simple steps to obtain your licence are:

1. Complete some pre study activities online (We provide FREE pre study material to you)

       2. Complete the Practical session on our vessel (Approx: 3 hours)

       3. Sit the final test at any RMS or NSW Service Centre.


If you have some boating knowledge or have held a licence in the past this will probably be your best option.

BONUS: On completion of the ‘Practical Session’ we will provide you with a Trial RMS Exam and let you know your results.  FREE  OF CHARGE!!

Please note: RMS exam fee not included.

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Option 2: Boat Licence Complete course includes ‘Practical’ and ‘Theory’ Session and Final Test

This option is suited to those who want to do the complete course in one session. On successful completion of the course simply take your certified documents to any RMS office and they will issue your licence.

NO FINAL TEST AT RMS OR NSW SERVICE CENTRE IS REQUIRED

The simple steps to obtain your licence are:

1. Complete some pre study activities online (We provide FREE pre study material to you)

       2. Complete the Practical session on our vessel (Approx: 3 hours)

       3. Complete the Theory session (Approx: 3 hours)

       4. Complete the final test (Approx: 1 hour)

Option 3: PRIVATE Boat Licence Practical Session & RMS Test

Not able to attend one of our scheduled courses? Why not book a private course session? We can conduct Private Boat Licence course sessions consisting of the Practical component and final exam at any RMS office 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 – $295.00 each

3 persons – $275.00 each (Save $20.00 each)

4 persons – $265.00 each (Save $30.00 each)

5-6 persons $255.00 each (Save $40.00 each)

Private Boat Licence bookings require pre payment and pre study and cannot be booked online. Please call us on 0434803687 to make a booking.

BONUS: On completion of the ‘Practical Session’ we will provide you with a Trial RMS Exam and let you know your results. FREE OF CHARGE!!

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Pensioner Concession and Young Adult Boat Licence

Pensioner Concession or Young Adult Boat Licence Practical Session

This option is the most cost effective and quickest method to obtain a NSW Maritime General Boat Licence 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:

  • Carry out Trip Preparation and Planning
  • Safely Operate a Mechanically Powered Recreational Boat
  • Respond to Boating Emergencies and Incidents

Location: Course are held in Newcastle weekly

The simple steps to obtain your licence are:

1. Complete some pre study activities online (We provide FREE pre study material to you)

       2. Complete the Practical session on our vessel (Approx: 3 hours)

       3. Sit the final test at any RMS or NSW Service Centre.

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.

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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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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 Complete 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)

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