Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie

Bookwhen Licence Training Update 19-June

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting NSW, Marine Rescue NSW has introduced preventative measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our people and the community while also allowing us to maintain our vital emergency services.

We are still continuing our key services to the boating community, including monitoring marine radio and responding to emergencies on the water.

We're working month-by-month as the situation continues to change. As new sessions are planned they'll be listed on our MRLM Course Schedule page and they will be open for booking, this includes boat & jetski licence courses. For the present only five trainees can attend each session.

From the beginning of July Boat licence training will be held at the Swansea Centre and will be limited to 16 students per training session.

However PWC licence training will remain at Pelican Base and will still be limited to 5 students per training session.

At our Pelican training venue we will be following all social distancing rules and our base is sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available.

In preparation for commencement of training, the following information may assist you in preparing for the day:

To obtain your boat licence, you must:

  • Successfully complete the boat licence knowledge test
  • Provide a completed Boat Driving License Practical Logbook

It's up to you to fulfil the practical requirements, but you can get started on doing this before the theory component. For more details and to download the practical logbook, please go to the RMS website here:

To complete the theory course and test with Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie costs $80 and the jetski course (PWC) is $50. (Note: You must have a boat licence prior to obtaining a PWC licence)

To get started on learning boating theory, you can download the Boating Handbook from here:

There is a practice boat & PWC licence test available here:

There is a glossary of boating terms available here:

The situation is improving so please do check back here regularly.


Malcolm Druce

Unit Commander

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie

0427 952 432

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