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Boating handbook

The NSW Boating Handbook (Jan 2021) is your practical and essential guide to safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways. Here's how to get a copy.
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Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics

Servicing your inflatable lifejacket is a legal requirement in NSW. Transport for NSW offers step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself.
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Safety education program

Our boating educators work with the community to encourage safe boating journeys in NSW.
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Before you go boating

From weather conditions and maintaining your vessel, to knowing the rules and having the right equipment – be ready for a safe day on the water.
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Boating and personal watercraft quiz

The boating knowledge test questions and online quiz can help you practice for the general boating or personal watercraft licence test.
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Boating licence documents and forms

The Boating Licence Practical Logbook and the Boating Handbook will guide you on safe and responsible boating in NSW.
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Related apps

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Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is the State’s official volunteer marine rescue service. The Marine Rescue App allows you to register details of your next boating trip.

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Stay safe and informed on the water. Get official alerts and information from maritime authorities. Explore crowdsourced reports from the boating community. Check the weather conditions and forecasts near you. 

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