NSW Coat of Arms NSW Maritime

Welcome to the Online Boating Safety Course (BSC)


About The Online Boating Safety Course


Any person wishing to obtain an initial general or Personal Watercraft (PWC) licence must:

Complete the compulsory Boating Safety Course(s); Provide evidence of complying with Practical Boating Experience; and Successfully sit the licence knowledge test(s).

While the Boating Safety Course(s) must be completed before the licence test(s) can be attempted, practical boating experience can be gained at any time however, a boat licence will not be issued until all components have been successfully completed.

One method of satisfying the Boating Safety Course requirement is via the on-line presentation.
The applicant has 12 months to complete the course(s) and sit the licence test(s).

To complete a Boating Safety Course you must ensure that your PC meets our System Requirements. First time users will be required to Register in order to purchase a course.
A $14 fee applies for each course and the acceptable payment methods are VISA or MasterCard.
Alternatively, you may prefer to purchase a DVD of the Boating Safety Course from the following link:
E-Store

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System Requirements:

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or newer. (Not compatible with Chrome or Safari)
  • Hardware: Printer, Sound Card (Audio)
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or above
  • Broadband Connection.
  • Software: Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader. (Download here)
Compatibility Test:

  • Click here to test your system for flash compatibility.
  • Click here to test your system for PDF Reader.
Boating Licence Safety Course  $14 inc GST
Description Price
General Licence Boating Safety Course

General Licence Boating Safety Course



This course must be studied by those people wishing to sit the test for a General Boat Licence.
This course is the same for both young adults (aged 12 to under 16 years) and adults (16 years and over).

A Certificate of Completion is issued at the conclusion of the course.

Once you have completed the course, why not try the on-line boating knowledge test.
$14


PWC Licence Boating Safety Course

PWC Licence Boating Safety Course



This course must be studied by those people wishing to sit the test for a Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licence.
This course is the same for both young adults (aged 12 to under 16 years) and adults (16 years and over).

For persons who already hold a general boat licence and wish to “upgrade” to a PWC licence, only the PWC Safety Course needs to be completed and evidence of practical experience is not required.

For persons who do not hold a general boat licence and wish to obtain a PWC licence, then both the general and PWC courses must be completed.

The general licence test must be successfully completed before the PWC test can be attempted.

A Certificate of Completion is issued at the conclusion of each course.
$14


* All prices include GST


Certificate of Completion:

Once you have completed a course, you will need to print a “Certificate of Completion”.
This certificate must be taken to your chosen testing venue. Without your completion certificate, you will be unable to sit the licence test.

Bookings for licence tests are essential and a list of NSW Maritime testing locations can be found in the Contact Us tab of our website or by phoning 13 12 56. Licence tests can also be undertaken at any RTA Registry or Government Access Centre.