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Rules and safety tips for young Boat and PWC licence holders.

Restricted Boat or PWC Licence

It's exciting and fun to get behind the wheel of a boat or drive a jetski. If you are 12 to 15 years old living in NSW you can apply for a restricted  General Boat Licence or PWC Licence which allows you to drive these vessels. But, it comes with responsibilities and rules to follow.

The age which young people can obtain a boat or PWC licence varies by State. Check your local State Maritime Authority website for more information.
Restricted Licence Rules

This is a restricted licence for those aged from 12 to under 16 years.

The holder of a general boat driving licence or PWC driving licence who is aged from 12 to under 16 years of age not permitted must do any of the following:

    Drive at a speed greater than 20 knots
    Drive in any race, display, regatta, exhibition or similar operation
    Drive any vessel, other than a PWC, at a speed of 10 knots or more:
    - Without the holder of a general boat driving licence who is 16 years of age or older being present in the vessel, or
    - Between sunset and sunrise, or
    - While the vessel is towing anyone.
    Drive a PWC between sunset and sunrise (this rule applies to all PWC driving licence holders)
    Drive a PWC at a speed of 10 knots or more:
    - Without the holder of a PWC driving licence who is 16 years of age or older being present on the PWC, or
    - While the vessel is towing anyone.

      Safety Tips
      FAQ's

      Pre-departure checklist

      AT HOME CHECK




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       Pre run engine, checking cooler system
      checkbocicon  Steering, engine controls and fluid check
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       Re-fuel boat
      checkbocicon  Fuel filter check
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       Trailer lights, tyre pressure and wheel bearings
      checkbocicon  Electrical (navigation lights)
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       Oil level check
      checkbocicon  Batteries charged and connected
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       Check bilge and pumps
      checkbocicon  Weather report and tides
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      MUST DO CHECK




      Equipment/Action
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      Equipment/Action
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      Keys for boat, safety lanyard/kill switch
      checkbocicon Leave a float plan with someone responsible
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      Bungs firmly in
      checkbocicon Enough fuel for the trip
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      Mandatory safety equipment
      checkbocicon Rubbish bags
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      If going offshore login with your local volunteer marine rescue
      checkbocicon Mobile phone
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      SAFETY AND COMFORT




      Equipment
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      Equipment Check

      GPS, charts of area and navigation equipment (pencils ruler etc)
      checkbocicon Torch and batteries
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      Medical kit with seasick medications
      checkbocicon Tow rope and extra lines
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      Oars
      checkbocicon Boat hook
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      Suncreen, hat, sunglasses, extra clothing, warm blanket
      checkbocicon Food and water
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      Spare bungs,  basic tool kit,rags spare parts, belts, hose clamps, strong tape
      checkbocicon Depth sounder
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      Fenders
      checkbocicon Fire blanket and fire extinguisher
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      Mask and snorkel
      checkbocicon Life buoy or flotation
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      Auxillary engine and fuel line ( if going offshore)
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