If you drive a boat in NSW waters that goes over 10knots, you will need a boat licence. The exception to this is anyone driving a PCW (Jetski) – these always have to be driven by a licenced driver. Generally speaking though, if you’re serious about boating then it’s a good idea to get a licence as the training course will teach you the safety requirements, boat handling tips, navigation and many more useful skills.
To obtain an boat licence or Personal Watercraft (PWC) licence applicants must:
The easiest (and fun) way to get a boat licence is to do a one-day course with an accredited training provider. This will cost a few hundred dollars, but you will get everything sorted in a day and be able to go to NSW Maritime and get your licence the next day.
The one-day boat licence course that I took started with a learning session in the morning; The general licence knowledge test at lunchtime, followed by an afternoon on the water doing the practical boating experience with my classmates. You are allowed to take the test twice in one day – so if you fail the first time, you can take the test again and hopefully be ok. In our group everyone passed the test, and we all got out on the water that afternoon.
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