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Don’t have a boat license yet? No worries, it’s a really easy process! Don’t let this stop you from getting out and enjoying your new boat or Jet Ski.General requirements for a NSW Boat licence are practical experience and a knowledge test.

There are two simple options for boat licensing, both will see you on the water in no time:

Licensing Option 1 – ABC Boating College

Get your General Boat Driving Licence or PWC (Personal Watercraft) Licence in just a day!

For more information on how quickly you can be out and about enjoying the water, visit the Hunter page on the ABC Boating website.All day programs are available or options to do partial study at home – there are pricing options available to suit any budget.

Licensing Option 2 – Logbook

To complete your practical boating experience using the logbook option, download your ‘Boat driving licence practical logbook.’ If you are unable to download for any reason, a copy can be collected, free of charge, from any registry or service centre.

With the help of an experienced skipper, you need to complete a minimum of three trips on a powered vessel. This excludes PWCs. You then enter the details of your trip in the logbook where the experienced skipper is required to sign off on them. Your skipper must have at least a current, valid NSW or interstate boat driving licence and must have had this licence for three consecutive years.

Once your logbook is completed, you will also need to sit for your boat licence knowledge test. Everything you need to know to pass the boat licence knowledge test is included in the Boating Handbook and Personal Watercraft Handbook, which are available free of charge. If you are unable download them, a hard copy can be picked up at any registry or service centre.

A boating knowledge quiz can also be downloaded for practice purposes as well as instructions on how to use the Boating Knowledge Quiz to help you practice.

Taking the test at a registry or service centre

Bookings are generally required so please call 13 77 88 to book your test before attending a registry centre in person.

If you meet the requirements and pass the test, your licence is generally issued that day.

You’ll need to provide:

  • Proof of your identity
  • A completed application for a Boat Driving Licence
  • If you’re applying for a PWC driving licence, a completed Application for PWC Driving Licence and two passport-acceptable photos
  • Evidence of practical boating experience. This will be a logbook if you have used an experienced skipper, or certification on your licence application form if you have used a Recognised Training Provider.
  • Payment for the test fee
  • Payment for the licence fee
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany an applicant who is under 16 years of age. Parent/Guardian ID will be required.
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