NSW General Boat License Course - One Day Course

From AUD $350.00
  • Duration: 1 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Darling Point, NSW
  • Product code: MotorLicense


The course is for novices and focuses on boating safety, NSW Boating regulations, low speed close quarters handling, navigation and seamanship, docking, an introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations.

The course runs from 9am - 4pm and includes theory sessions and practical handling / skills work. We make sure you have enough practical boat skills to get your NSW General Boat License. 

Our vessels have the required safety gear, inflatable lifejackets and spray jackets for your use. Eastsails’ training vessels include:

  • A custom built 8m tender with twin 115hp counter rotating outboard engines.

  • An Arvor Weekender 23’ with an inboard 150hp engine bow thruster.

  • A Haines Hunter 445R runabout with a 50hp 4 stroke outboard engine.

Eastsail conducts this course in our classrooms or aboard the boats for practical sessions.  

We will show you through the 12m (40ft) Riviera 4000 Cruiser to ensure you understand what a larger cruiser looks like, the safety, engineering and interior space.

Lunch break is for 30 minutes, food is not included but our marina has a cafe and toilets. 

Course Requirements

  • Attendees must be at least 18 years old or 12 years old accompanied by a parent or carer (student)

  • Previous boating experience is not required

  • What to bring:

  • Sunblock, hat and sunglasses with safety strap

  • Water bottle, lunch and snacks

  • Pen and notepad

  • Dress appropriate to the weather but note in can be cooler on the water. bring a spray jacket or you can borrow one from us.

How to gain your NSW Boat 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.

Course Content

NSW Boating Regulations

  • Authorities and Boating Safety Officers
  • Pollution control
  • Marinas, boat ramps and boating areas
  • Boating accidents
  • Safety Label
  • Marine Radio
  • Collision Regulations

Safety Equipment

  • Food, water and provisions
  • Personal Flotation Devices
  • Distress equipment, flares, V sheets
  • Fire Extinguishers and fire bucket
  • Lifebuoy
  • Oars and Paddles
  • Anchor and Rode
  • Bilge pumping and bailing equipment
  • Charts and Maps
  • Radio – VHF, 27mg, HF
  • Sound signal

Passage Planning

  • Check list
  • Towing a boat trailer, trailer checks
  • Water skiing lookout
  • Checking Fuel and Water
  • Fire Hazard Reduction
  • Berthing and Mooring Checks
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Communicating with Authorities
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Medical Procedures
  • Man Overboard Drills
  • Water skiing safety

Seamanship and Navigation

  • Signals and Day Shapes
  • Anchoring
  • Navigation Charts
  • Buoyage System
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Crossing Coastal Bars
  • Tides and effect of current