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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/Wodonga 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 is a contracted trainer with the National Maritime College (NMC).  NMC is a recognised and accredited training provider with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).  

NMC 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 90984


NSW - National Maritime College

RTO No. 90984 

ACN 110 084 145 



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.


About The National Maritime College 


The NSW Boating College P/L trading as National Maritime College (NMC) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and State Maritime approved boat licence training provider specialising in Boat Licence and recreational boat training. As an RTO it is required to have  strict guidelines in place for the delivery of its courses and programs. NMC is committed to delivering the best boating education and practical training using the best equipment, methods and approaches.  

As founders of NSW's first practical boat licence training program they are strong advocates for competency-based recreational boat licensing training and are dedicated to instilling good safe boat-handling skills, boating knowledge and understanding of the on-water rules to  students.  In addition to intermediate to advanced boat handling programs, marine radio courses and MedAire STWC Qualifying Maritime First Aid courses the College offers a range of maritime services and can advise on all aspects of boating from, guiding you through the type of vessel to best suit your needs, how to go about the initial purchase, guidance on equipping the vessel for sea, general safety, voyage preparation, pre-voyage training, passage planning, provisioning advice, shore-based support, crew training and marine radio examination and invigilation.  

NMC’s  approach is to be honest and upfront with people about their training. They feel that by doing so, even if it means recommending people to other training providers, that this is the right approach. You can find out more about the College via their website or blog, The Chartroom.


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