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NSW Learner's Guide FAQ

Do I have to study before the Boat Licencing Course?

It is not a requirement to study before the course. Sea School provides a comprehensive face to face, step by step, presentation for all their boat licence and PWC licence courses.

What boat and PWC licence books do you recommended reading?

NSW Maritime provides a Boating handbook to operate a vessel for recreational purposes on NSW waters which is a Learner's guide which includes a list of study questions known as the 'Boating Knowledge Quiz'. To learn about PWC / jet ski operations, we recommend the NSW Maritime Personal Watercraft Handbook.

Why do we need training before getting a Boat licence?

NSW Maritime requires applicants to complete three training steps in order to receive their boat licence:

  • Safe boating course
  • Boat & jet ski knowledge tests
  • Practical boating


  • Time spent on the water will develop skills, knowledge and confidence when operating a vessel and help prevent accidents on the waterways.
  • Boating offers fun, excitement, relaxation and social activity away from our busy lifestyle. Its popularity means more people with more boats, which suggest more dangers, like collision and swamping.
  • Most people want to find out how to respond in an emergency. They want to protect the family, friends and assets. They choose a registered training organisation to quickly learn the rules, how to drive the boat and dock, and achieve their licence without any fuss.

I have a learning disability/dyslexia; can I still do the course?

You must be able to communicate orally in English. If you have difficulties in this regard we recommend that you contact 'Interpreter Services' at NSW Maritime (phone 13 22 13) or visit your local NSW Maritime office who will arrange an appointment with an interpreter. We are also able to conduct the tests orally for applicants with special needs.

What is your complaint management procedure?

Sea School International is committed to providing an effective, efficient, timely, fair and confidential complaints and appeals handling procedure for all students.

Please view our Complaint management procedure and Complaints form for further information on how to lodge your complaint.

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