Obtain Your General Boat or pwc licence


Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie offers Boat and PWC Licence courses and tests. These are run by experienced instructors who teach you the ins and outs of safe boat handling and help build your confidence in local navigation and pilot rules.

Rates for our Boat & PWC licence courses are extremely competitive and your fees make a valuable contribution to our unit's funds and lifesaving services.

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie also offers practical boat training. Training times are Saturdays 0800 – 1000, 1100 – 1300 and 1400 – 1600, please contact the Radio Base for bookings.
Each practical boat training session can be a maximum of two adults and a third young adult if required.

Booking Fees

Boat licence – workshop and testing fee $55

Practical Boat Training – per two hour session $100

Boat Licence Practical and Theory – $155 per person

PWC licenceworkshop and testing fee $40

PWC applicants must also supply two passport sized colour photos at time of course and all must provide proof of identity, details of which can be obtained here Proof of Identity.

Applicants can pay at the training session by either cheque or cash

Contact our Swansea Radio Base on 49713498 for all bookings.

If you drive a recreational boat at a speed of 10 knots (18.5 km/h) or more, you must have a boat driver's licence. Ten knots is the speed at which most accelerating boats will start to plane – that is, rise up and skim on top of the water instead of ploughing through it.

Anyone who drives a personal watercraft (PWC) at ANY speed must have a PWC Licence.

Young Adult Licences also are available for those aged 12 to 16 years.

To obtain your initial General Boat or PWC licence, you must:

  • Complete the compulsory General Licence Boating Safety Course (or for PWC applicants, the PWC Licence Boating Safety Course);
  • Provide evidence of practical boating experience; and
  • Successfully undertake the general licence knowledge test (or PWC licence knowledge test) at a NSW Roads and Maritime Services service centre or recognised training provider (RTP) Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie.

A boat licence will not be issued to you until you have successfully completed all three components. For detailed information on what you need to do to get a boat licence click here Boat Licence Requirements.

You should study the Maritime Boating Handbook before attending the course. Downloads here for the Boating HandbookBoating log book and the PWC Boating Handbook copies are also available from your local NSW Roads and Maritime Services office.

Once you have completed the Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie licence course, your assessment will be based on your score in the NSW Roads and Maritime Services accredited Recreational Boat Licence Knowledge Quiz and your class participation.

Once you've passed the test, you will receive:

  • A Certificate of Satisfactory Course Completion to present to NSW Roads and Maritime Services (you will also need evidence of your practical boating experience or successful completion of your accredited practical boat handling course); and
  • A Statement of Attainment Certificate issued by Marine Rescue NSW.