The General Boat Licence is required for anyone who would like to drive a boat in NSW waters and go faster than walking pace, but we still receive lots of questions about the finer points of a getting a Licence.
We've crafted and refined our full-day course for over a decade to guide you effortlessly through all the RMS requirements, and we're proud of our 99.5% average pass rate.
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We get asked this quite often, and the answer is simple:
It's as easy as A, B, C!
“I will recommend you to everyone I come into contact with who are keen to get a boating licence, and I will certainly come back to do other courses down the track.” ★★★★★
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“My wife and I completed our course 2 weeks ago, and we still discuss some of the points/lessons we learnt on the day, and honestly they will stay with us forever.” ★★★★★
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A Boat Licence is needed for any person who wants to drive a boat in a recreational capacity faster than 10 knots, or 18.5km/h.
This speed isn't very fast, and even a tinny can break this barrier easily.
The full Licence will let you drive any boat of any length, so long as it's not in a commercial capacity - you can't run a business, or drive the Manly Ferry.
As part of the course we'll take you out on the water at one of our venues around Sydney, aboard one of our three ABC vessels, and guide you through the different boating techniques that you need to know.
We cover Low Speed Manoeuvres (you'll drive forward and backward), Man Over-Board drills (with Bob the trained and certified safety buoy), High Speed Manoeuvres and more.
To learn more about what it's like on the day, check out our Practical Boating Experience page.
It's a fun experience that takes a couple hours, and as we're a RTP, or Recognised Training Provider, this removes the need for a practical logbook from the RMS.
The boating practical is typically the favourite section of the day, it's a ton of fun!
Start times will be confirmed via Email and SMS before the course.
Courses typically run from 8am until 5pm, subject to seasonal changes.
We'll go ahead in most weather conditions including rain, so make sure you wear clothing appropriate to the day.
All relevant information will be in the confirmation email, on our specific venue page, or in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Feel free to continue reading more about the course, or browse dates with any of the "Book Course" buttons on this page!
There is a minimum amount of knowledge required about the laws and rules that cover use of Sydney's waterways, and many students ask us on the phone "Where do I even start to learn?"
We might be a bit biased, but the perfect place to start is our pre-study guide that we've assembled through years of testing.
It only takes about 45 minutes at home to read the ABC pre-study guide before your course and it primes you on all the terms you'll need out on the water.
While it's tempting to link to the 120-page RMS Boating Handbook and call it done, we've taken the path less traveled to offer a custom pre-study guide that condenses all the knowledge you need to pass your exam and get your licence.
We'll also use our guide as a reference in the classroom, where we teach you the rules and get them to stick through years of instructing students.
Once you've been primed with all the info you could need, we sit the multiple choice exam on paper in our closed-book classroom environment.
Our success rate is an incredibly high 99.5%, with two attempts included at the test on the day. If you don't pass during the course, you can come back on any other course date and have another go - at no additional cost!
Now you've completed your full-day course with ABC, just take your completed application form to any RMS or Services NSW branch, no appointments needed.
Simply enter the branch, select "Maritime" on the touchscreen for a numbered ticket, give them your form when called, pay the licence fee, and get your licence on the spot!
You're now qualified and equipped to take your vessel out on the water, congratulations!
If you want to hone your skills or learn any advanced boating techniques, please feel free to look at our personalised custom boating lessons and get expert hands-on training today.
The Junior Boat Licence is now included as part of the standard Boat Licence, and the requirements for it are the same as an adult licence.
Juniors are eligible to lodge their course paperwork when they are aged between 12 and 16 years of age; however they can complete their ABC course and lodge on/after their twelfth birthday.
The RMS website states that a Boat Licence holder between 12 and 16 must not:
If you'd like to read more about the restrictions please refer to the RMS.
The Boating Safety Course was a requirement for getting a boat licence, however as of 1 July 2016 this is no longer necessary.
You'll get everything you need to qualify for your licence with our standard NSW Boat Licence Course.
A Marine Radio Licence is necessary if your boat is fitted with a Radio, and it's a good follow up to the Full-Day General Boat Licence Course.
Don't wait, get your Marine Radio Licence through Australian Boating College Sydney!
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Licence processing fees are charged separately, and can be seen on the fees page over at the Roads & Maritime Services.
Come and join us on the water today!