Get out on the water & go boating legally! Get qualified for your NSW boat and/or PWC licence at Newcastle’s most popular boat licence course! 

This course runs at the Best Western Plus Apollo International, 290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown NSW 2290 

  • Seasonal discounts available
  • Free boating safety material
  • Bonus boating guides

  • Simple courses
  • Experienced trainers
  • Accredited training
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Included with your course

  • Official qualification entitling you to your boat and/or PWC licence

  • Trainer-led boating safety course

  • Official NSW licence testing

  • Bonus ‘intro to boating’ guides 

  • Free access to our popular boating safety material

Full information will be emailed upon purchase. This will include the free guides and bonus material in addition to the course details.

Course details

  • Arrival Time: Arrive at least 15 minutes before start time

  • Course Length: Allow 4 hours (approx)   

  • Age & ID Requirements: Must have acceptable ID per the POI requirements. Must be aged 12 & up to obtain qualification.

  • Parking: Free parking in car park at the venue (enter via Pacific Hwy)

  • Clothing: Typical club clothes required (call ahead if unsure)

  • Food & drink: Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed throughout the course. Cafe & bistro located within the club. A break is allocated within the course. 


What to expect on the day

Fun! Our expert trainers will teach you the ins & outs of boating safety via our boat licence & PWC licence session. A short break is provided.

Once you’ve passed the exam, you will receive a signed and stamped licence qualification from our trainers. Take this to Service NSW (the motor reg) with your completed logbook (boat licence only) for the immediate issuing of your boat and/or PWC licence. This can be done anytime within 12 months from the course. 

**No testing will be required at ServiceNSW**

Types of vessels

The NSW general boat licence permits people aged 12 years and over to operate a boat for recreational purposes on NSW waters, at a speed of 10 knots (18.5 Kilometres per hour) or more.

The PWC licence allows you to operate a Personal Watercraft at any speed. It is an upgrade on the NSW boat licence and is easily covered at the same course.  

Neither licence can be used for the operation of a commercial vessel or for commercial purposes.

Who delivers the course?

Training is delivered by Boating Licence Course’s own qualified, experienced and vetted training team. 

Sailingworld pty ltd t/a Boating Licence Course (ACN # 092 478 718 | RTO # 91229) is approved by NSW Maritime to provide practical boat training and/or knowledge testing for the NSW general boat driving licence and PWC driving licence.

Full terms and conditions are available here.