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Boat Licence

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie provides an engaging 3 hour boat licence course at its Swansea Heads headquarters.
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie runs boat licence theory courses at its Swansea Heads Headquarters

To get your boat licence, you must:

  • Participate in the 3 hour 15 minutes knowledge component of the course
  • Successfully complete the general boat licence test
  • Use the Practical Log Book to provide evidence of having completed the necessary practical boating experience or complete the practical training course with another provider. (MRNSW does not provide practical boating experience).

For full details of how to obtain a boat licence you can also check the RMS website.

Before You Attend This Course

Study the boating handbook before attempting the boat licence exam with Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie.
Study the boating handbook before attempting the boat licence exam

Please study the Boating Handbook before attending the workshop. You can download the handbook using this link. Printed copies are also available from Service NSW or from our boat base at Pelican.

It is also highly recommended that you practice before the test using the practice quiz on the RMS website at

If you have not been able to study the Handbook and do the online practice questions, we recommend that you defer your course with us until you have had time to do the pre-course study. In our experience people who have not prepared at all generally need to do a resit (which is free with us).

What To Bring To The Course


Payment is by credit card or PayPal when making the booking with Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. Note that there are NO facilities for EFTPOS or credit card at the venue. You cannot pay on the day.

You may cancel or reschedule your booking up until 24 hours before the scheduled time, instructions on how to do so can be found in your confirmation email. Any pre-payments will be refunded in full after cancellation.

If a course needs to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions we’ll organise a refund and we will let you know when courses are back on.

What You’ll Get

Once you’ve satisfactorily attended the workshop and passed the test, you will receive endorsement of your “Application For Boat Driving Licence” form section 6. You can take this form (together with your log book) to Service NSW to get your General Boat Licence.

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