Manly Sailing offers fun and professional power boating courses for beginners who would like to get the NSW boat licence and the more advanced who would like improve their boat handling skills.

NSW General Boat Licence (Start Power boating)

Your power boating pathway begins here, introducing you to practical driving skills, trip planning, boat maintenance, safety equipment and dealing with emergency situations. After completing this course, you will be able to take the certificate to a NSW Service Centre to apply for your licence.

Course Overview: A one day /course with a mixture of theory and practical that will give you the knowledge and skills to get your NSW general boat licence. The course is for beginners and those that have experience but would like some additional instruction and to get their NSW boat licence. You will be in a small group with a powerboat instructor ensuring you get plenty of time to practise and refine your skills.
Course Content: Trip Preparation, Weather & The Environment, Personal Equipment, Parts of The Boat, Engines & Fuel, Launching, Low Speed Manoeuvres, High Speed Manoeuvres, Moorings & Anchoring, Navigation, Rules of the Road & Regulations.
Course Steps: Attend the one day course at Manly Sailing (mixture of theory & practical information) with constant assessment by the instructor during the day. If you pass, take the course certificate to a Service NSW centre and apply for a licence (no need to sit the Service NSW theory test).
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  • Duration of the course: 9am to 5pm with break for lunch

  • Ages: 12+ to 85 years (12-16 must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Cost: $350

  • What you need to bring: sensible quick dry clothing, sun protection, hat and soft soled shoes (trainers)

  • Want to get started and prepare in advance? Read the NSW Boating Handbook 

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Powerboat Handling Course

This course is designed for participants who wish to further develop their powerboat driving skills. This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a Dinghy and/or Windsurfing Instructor. This course is only available on request.

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