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About Border Boat Licence

Who is Border Boat Licence?

Blair & his son at the Melbourne Boat ShowBorder Boat Licence (BBL) is an Albury based General Boating Licence and Personal Water Craft (PWC) Licence Safety Course provider. BBL is locally owned and operated by Blair Talbot and his wife Natalie.  ABN 95 672 537 701

Blair Talbot is a contracted trainer with Maritime & Safety Training Ltd (MaST).  MaST is a recognised and accredited training provider with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and also an approved Marine Licence Training provider with Maritime & Safety Training – Victoria.  

Since 1985 MaST has offered a range of training packages to the NSW Seafood and Maritime industry.  MaST is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised training packages throughout Australia and is a Registered Training Organisation ID number 90440


NSW - Maritime & Safety Training Ltd (MaST)

VIC - Maritime & Safety Training - Victoria

RTO No. 90440 

ABN - 64 002 693 281

ACN - 002 693 281




Why choose Border Boat Licence?

Value for money

Don’t pay top dollar for someone to travel over from the coast to provide your boat licence course. Support your local business, save $$$$ and learn from someone with local knowledge and know how.

Blair’s experience speaks for itself

  • 1991 – Obtained his general boating licence.
  • 2001-2005 - 4 years full time in the NSW Water Police stationed at Sydney Water Police, Botany Bay Water Police and Port Kembla Water Police. During this time, Blair attained an unrestricted Master V commercial ticket to Master commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length. Blair also performed several years doing part time on water duties leading up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
  • 2005 – 2014 - Blair left the Police Force in 2005 to join what was then known as the NSW Maritime Authority as a Boating Safety Officer. Blair was based at Rozelle (Sydney Harbour) for two years on what was affectionately known as the ‘jet ski squad’ before accepting a transfer to Albury where he became well known and respected in his role as the Albury North Boating Safety Officer. This position entailed patrolling areas such as the Murray River, Lake Mulwala, Murrumbidgee River, Blowering and Talbingo Reservoirs to name a few locations. 


Blair left his role as a Boating Safety Officer and started Border Boat Licence in April 2014. Drawing on his local knowledge and experience, Blair is able to offer students a course that contains information relevant to the local area.

So having owned and operated open runabouts and PWCs since 1991 and then performing an on water compliance/search and rescue role for 14 years rest assured that you will receive timely, comprehensive and more importantly correct information to help you pass your boat and/or PWC licence test.

Where Do We Operate?

Being based in Albury/Wodonga, Border Boat Licence is happy to travel within a 300-400km radius from Albury. Minimum student numbers will apply to most courses, particularly those conducted in remote areas.  We generally operate within the Greater Riverina area and along the Murray River.

We are now offering courses in both NSW and Victoria.  We are able to run our courses pretty much anywhere.  We simply need a suitable venue and enough people to attend the course.  Victorian course locations include, but are not limited to, Wodonga, Tallangatta, Yarrawonga, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mansfield, Beechworth, Mt Beauty, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Mildura to name a few.

If you would like us to run a course near you just ask and we will see what we can do for you.  

Our aim is to make Boat Licence Courses accessible and cost effective for those who haven’t had the opportunity to attend a course locally for many years.

Ongoing Support

Unlike other course providers that frequent the area from the Coast, Border Boat Licence is a local business.  We are more than happy to provide ongoing support to our students. If you have a question, concern or any sort of on water issue, get in touch and we will gladly do our best to point you in the right direction and make you comfortable back out on the water.


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