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Rules and safety tips for young adult boat and PWC licence holders

Young People Driving Boats

It's exciting and fun to get behind the wheel of a boat or drive a jetski. If you are 12 to 16 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 website for more information.
Young Adult  General 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 must not 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 on the vessel, 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 PWC is towing anyone.
Safety Tips
FAQ's

Pre-departure checklist

AT HOME CHECK




 Action Check
Action 
Check
 Pre run engine, checking cooler system
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 Re-fuel boat
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 Trailer lights, tyre pressure and wheel bearings
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 Oil level check
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 Check bilge and pumps
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MUST DO CHECK




Equipment/Action
Check
Equipment/Action
Check
Keys for boat, safety lanyard/kill switch
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Bungs firmly in
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Mandatory safety equipment
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If going offshore login with your local volunteer marine rescue
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SAFETY AND COMFORT




Equipment
Check
Equipment Check

GPS, charts of area and navigation equipment (pencils ruler etc)
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Medical kit with seasick medications
checkbocicon Tow rope and extra lines
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Oars
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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
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Fenders
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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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