Boat Licence NSW

From as low as $145!*

Get Your Boat Licence With Our Master Instructors - In A Single Day!

Maritime & Safety Training NSW offers same day, practical boat licensing courses across metropolitan and regional NSW.

It is now a requirement of NSW RMS to complete practical, on-water training as a compulsory practical component to obtaining a Boat Licence.

See below for information on how you can find an instructor near you.


Why Choose Maritime & Safety Training NSW:

Best Price:

You won't find a lower price anywhere else online
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Incredible value at an unbeatable price

Best Facilities:

Best Facilities In Mainland Australia
Located On Working Harbour
World Class Full-Bridge Simulator
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Fleet Of Specialised Training Vessels

Best Trainers:

Most established RTO in the industry
Trusted since 1985
50+ years combined training experience
Best practice training and compliance
Not just theory - real hands-on training on the water

Course Details:

Duration: Each training program is approximately 3.5 hours for the training seminar and exam. Plus approximately 2.5 hours for the on water training.

When you have successfully completed one of our comprehensive general boat safety training programs and exam, you will obtain an application for a licence (completed at the course). Present the application along with the licence fee and completed logbook to NSW Government Service Centre. This will qualify you for a general boat licence without any further testing.

About the logbook

There are 2 ways to complete your logbook:

  • Do 3 trips with a friend who has held their General Boat Licence for at least 3 years and complete the activities listed. The logbook is activity based (not based on hours).
  • Do 1 trip on board our training vessel. This course runs for approximately 2.5 hours and will fulfil your practical training requirements to get a boat licence.

Exam Details:

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • First 30 questions must have 24 correct answers.
  • Last 20 questions must all be answered correctly.
  • If you fail the first attempt a second attempt may be made immediately
  • If you fail the second attempt you may re-sit at a later date at any of our training centres at no extra charge. You can also attend any of our training seminars at no cost if you feel you need further training.

General Boat and PWC Licence Course Costs:

Course Type Amount
General boat seminar and Test $165 Adults
General boat seminar and Test $145 Young Adult (12 - 15 years old)
General Boat Seminar, test and practical $345 (young adult $325)
General Boat seminar, practical plus PWC $405 (young adult $385)
General Boat seminar with PWC upgrade with no practical $260
PWC Upgrade Only (if you already hold a NSW Boat Licence) $140
Practical only $200

$20 discount on all courses for persons under 16 years of age.

Is This Course Right For You?

Please see the following PDF to check this course is right for you and you meet the eligibility requirements:

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Other Information:

Please note that the NSW FITC Complaints and Appeals policy is available in our Student Handbook. Page 20 refers to our complaints policy and page 37 contains our Complaints and Appeals form. Contacting NSW Roads and Maritime is another way of making a complaint.

NSW FITC will liaise with sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable applicants, such as individuals who are not fluent in English or have an intellectual or physical disability.

NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee (trading as Maritime & Safety Training NSW), ABN: 64 002 693 281 RTO ID: 90440 is approved by NSW Maritime to provide practical boat training and/or knowledge testing for the NSW general boat driving licence and PWC driving licence.

This is a non-accredited course.

Locations & How to Enrol

To make a booking or enquire about a recreational boating course, simply call/email the contact person listed for each region. Central Coast – Call Matthew Palmer on 0433 839 118 or email [email protected] – Central Sydney – Call Martin Lloyd on 0416 273 132 or email [email protected] Newcastle, Port Stephens NSW, New England, Mid-north Coast and Hunter Region Western Sydney, NSW – Call Stuart on 02 4731 6250 or 0425 284 949 or email [email protected] –

*Fees may vary due to prerequisite qualifications. Contact us for more information on what fee structure you may be eligible for.