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Obtaining a NSW Maritime General Boat and/or Jetski (PWC) Licence

To obtain a NSW Maritime 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

Boat Licence Course Structure

The NSW Maritime Boat Licence course involves 3 compulsory components:

  1. The Boat Safety Course - involves understanding the rules and regulations
  2. The practical session - going out on a vessel and receiving instructions on safety equipment, anchoring, boat handling, buoyage systems, collision regulations, dealing with emergencies etc. and
  3. Undertaking the NSW Maritime final written assessment

The cost for the complete General Boat Licence course including Practical conducted in one session over 4 to 4 1/2 hours is $225.00 for an Adult and $195.00 for a Young Adult (12-16 years).
Please note: When undertaking the complete boat licence course 'NO LOG BOOK IS REQUIRED'

Young Adult boat licence candidates (12-16 years) must sit the same written assessment as Adult General Boat Licence candidates however when they reach the age of 16 years their licence automatically converts to a full licence without further training or assessment.

If there is more than 1 Person enrolling at the same time then please take advantage of our discounted rates as follows:

  • 2 persons - $215.00 each (Save $10.00 each)
  • 3 persons - $205.00 each (Save $20.00 each)
  • 4 or more persons - $195.00each (Save $30.00 each)

Note: You can use the discounted rate to suit your own group particularly when there is a mixture of Adults and Children. For example, we regularly have families book in, so a family of 2 Adults and 2 Children (12-16 years) would pay $820.00 but as there are 4 persons they can claim the 4 or more person rate and save an additional $40.00 by paying only the $195 each rate. ($780.00 in total not $820.00)

For safety reasons we do not collect Boat Licence fees on the day therefore pre- enrolment and pre-payment of course fees is required.. Courses are conducted on a weekly basis. (Please see current availability in the right hand column). Some pre-study is required prior to attending a course and we recommend that you should enrol at least 7-10 days prior to the course to allow sufficient time to read the required rules and regulations.

We have also developed some easy to use websites that assist in understanding the rules and regulations. These websites have contributed greatly to our acheivement of a very high percentage of candidates obtaining their licence on the 1st attempt. Something we are very proud of!

Obtaining a NSW Maritime Jetski (PWC) Licence

The NSW Maritime Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence, which is commonly known as a Jetski Licence, is a seperate 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 course (details above)
The Jetski (PWC) Licence course can be completed at the same time as the Boat Licence course and takes about an additional 1 hour and cost $95.00.

Testimonials

Copies of the testimonial transcripts are on file in our office.

"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.

"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 Knowledge and skills I have learned opened my eyes to a new side of the boating industry."
Meghan R.

"Excellent Course, concise trainers and a great atmosphere to train in."
Jeremiah W.

"This is the most impressive experience I've had in training, development and leisure in the past 10 years as a professional."
Steve N.

"I would like to thank Peter for his professionalism, skills and willingness to listen. I think I will make a great GPH."
John W.

"The course was run very professionally with instructors willing to help and answer questions. Reference material was also very good."
Scott C.

"I thought the course was quite well set out and things weren't left to the last minute. I enjoyed doing everythng "Hands On" so don't change anything in the course. I feel very qualified to work on any commercial vessel now!"
Guy M.

Hi Peter and Derek,
"Thank you so much for a great opportunity to join the GPH course and your great support throughout the course. I was very impressed how professional you are and as Derek told me, you are a really good teacher. Thanks again to both of you. Looking forward to experiencing my new knowledge in the real workplace"
Best regards, Yuko

Hi Peter and Derek
"Im really really happy with my results. The program you have going is absolutely brilliant and the way you conduct the course is very professional, and the time you spend with learning and revision was a very big help. Thanks again and hope to see you guys in the near future"
Darren T.

Good Morning Peter,
I am very pleased to say that I passed my Coxswain exams 1st go and I am extremely happy.
Thank you very much also for your contribution with your assessment marking and clear answer responses - it helped a lot and it was much appreciated
I will be recommending All Hands on Deck Maritime Training to any of my colleagues that decide to follow me in Coxswain studies."
Kind regards, Mike R.

Obtaining a VHF Marine Radio Certificate

The NSW Maritime Boating Regulations require that a vessel must have a marine radio on board when proceeding more than 2 nautical miles from the coast. As any responsible boat operator will already know Mobile phones are an unreliable means of communications and not are not recommended by regulatory authorities. Therefore is it critical from a boat safety perspective to have a marine radio on board during all boating activies whether in enclosed or open waters.

There are 2 types of radios in common use by recreational boaters:
27MHz Marine Band CB

  • No licence required however has the following limitations:
  • Low range
  • Subject to interference from engine background noise or weather conditions
  • Usually only carried by recreational boats so if a commercial vessel is nearby to assist you they will not be aware of your predicament as you will not be able to make contact with them by radio

VHF Marine Radio

  • A Marine Radio Licence is required to operate this radio
  • The licence ensures that all radio operators are familiar with radio frequencies and channels and the correct emergency and routine calling and tranmission procedures
  • Is the preferred radio to be carried in all inshore and coastal waters
  • Current VHF radios incorporate Digital Selective Calling (DSC) allowing for emergency and routine contact to be made through alert sounds rather than voice.
  • This type of radio is carried by a wider range of boaters both recreational and commercial
  • Has a greater range than 27MHz

There are essentially 2 types of certificates that are issued by the Office of Maritime Communications (The regulatory authority):

  • The Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) incorporates knowledge of both Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) Radios, which are designed for long range transmission, and VHF radios and

  • The Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP) which is designed for those who are only carrying and/or operating a Very High Frequency (VHF) (Short Range) radio. Basically if you intend travelling more than 40 miles from the coast, or applying for a commercial qualification such as a Coxswain or Master V, you should obtain an MROCP Certificate. If you are operating in the harbours and bays or staying near the coast then an MROVCP Certificate will be sufficient.

Regardless of which certificate you wish to apply for if you are a Boat Owner and you wish to upgrade your MF/HF or VHF Radio to a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radio, which is the perferred type of radio to carry, you will not be able to register the radio and obtain a Marine Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number for the radio unless you obtain your Marine Radio Certificate first.

The level of knowledge required to pass the exam includes the following subjects:

  • Knowledge of MF/HF and VHF marine radios
  • Identify the difference between Ship Stations, Coast Radio Stations and Limited Coast Stations
  • Understand and use the 'Phonetic Alphabet'
  • Use correct operating procedures and channels when operating a marine radio
  • Understand Distress, Urgency and Safety Communications
  • Understand Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Communications
  • Understand the use of 406 MHz EPIRBS
  • Understand the use of SART's
  • Understand Search and Rescue in Australia
  • Identify the different types of radio equipment, their application and limitations
  • Identify the components of a marine radio and the care and maintenance required with radio equipment and power sources

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