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 under 16 years old living in NSW you can apply for a Boat Licence or PWC Licence which allows you to drive these vessels. But, it comes with some restrictions.
Licence holders under 16 years of age must not drive a boat or PWC:
At a speed greater than 20 knots (37 kilometres per hour)
In any race, display, regatta, exhibition or similar operation.
Between sunset and sunrise.
While the vessel is towing anyone.
If driving a vessel other than a PWC at a speed of 10 knots or more:
Must have someone with a general boat driving licence who is 16 years of age or older present in the vessel.
Must not drive at these speeds between sunset and sunrise.
Must not tow anyone.
If driving a PWC at a speed of 10 knots or more:
Must have someone with a PWC licence who is 16 years of age or older present on the PWC.
Must not drive at these speeds while towing anyone.
NOTE: Exceptions may apply if you have an aquatic licence or an approved PWC Hire and Drive tour operation. Refer to Roads and Maritime for more information.
- If you cant swim learn before going boating.
- Be weather wise. Always check local weather conditions before departure.The internet is a good source of weather information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.
Use Common Sense. This means operating at a safe speed at
all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and
steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted
in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of advisory signs,
buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there
to ensure your own safety. Be respectful of others on the water and
avoid confrontations with other boaties who are not acting responsibly.
- Leave a float plan. Always be sure to let someone else know your boating plans. This should include where you're going and how long you're going to be gone.
- Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist. Following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.
- Be prepared for boating. Wear a lifejacket and appropriate clothing. Bring a hat, sunglasses, water, food and suntan lotion for your day out on the water.
- Be aware of the effects of boating fatigue.This is a phenomenon caused by exposure to multiple external factors such as the sun, glare, wind and waves which can dull your senses and impair judgement affecting your ability to operate a boat. Boater's fatigue doesn't just affect the Skipper. Everyone on the boat can experience it after a few hours on the water. While boater's fatigue can't really be prevented, taking frequent breaks (anchoring or going ashore) and drinking plenty of water can help minimize the effects. Let someone else operate the boat if you're feeling too fatigued and avoid alcohol. Boater's fatigue exaggerates the effects of alcohol.
- Abide by the steering rules and follow distance off rules especially in congested areas and in narrow channels.
Get professional maritime training.Training gives people
the skills and information they would not be able to acquire from
hands-on experience alone. People with formal training have a deeper
depth of knowledge and confidence,allowing them to make better informed
decisions for keeping passengers, crew and the boat safe.
A parent or legal guardian is required to accompany you to the
course and consent to the young adult obtaining the boat or PWC licence
by signing the guardian declaration on the licence application provided
at training venue by the College. Acceptable parent/legal guardian
proof of identity may include a NSW driver licence, a passport or a
birth certificate. The parent/legal guardian item must be sighted and
recorded on the participants licence application form by the College
trainer. On completion of the licence ID and documentation processes,
which is completed at the beginning of theory sessions, parent/guardians
may opt to leave the young adult in the care of the College Trainer.
Parents/guardians must collect the young adult at the time designated by
the trainer on the day. College trainers are required to complete police
and working with children checks. All duty of care is taken by the
Trainer and the College to ensure their safety and security. Guardian
responsibilities for young adults are also detailed in a confirmation
email sent to participants on completion of the booking/enrolment
Take the documentation the College gives to you to a Roads & Maritime Service Centre,
along with your ID, pay the licence fee and then you'll be issued with a
temporary paper licence over the counter which can be used until your
licence card is sent to you in the mail. Your parent or legal guardian
must accompany you to the Maritime Service Centre also providing at least one form of primary ID such as a current driver licence, passport or a birth certificate.
NSW Roads & Maritime may require young adult licence applicants to have an eyesight test. An eyesight test can be undertaken at a Roads & Maritime Service Centre if required.
AT HOME CHECK
| Pre run engine, checking cooler system
|| Steering, engine controls and fluid check
| Re-fuel boat
|| Fuel filter check
| Trailer lights, tyre pressure and wheel bearings
|| Electrical (navigation lights)
| Oil level check
|| Batteries charged and connected
| Check bilge and pumps
|| Weather report and tides
MUST DO CHECK
|Keys for boat, safety lanyard/kill switch
||Leave a float plan with someone responsible
|Bungs firmly in
||Enough fuel for the trip
|Mandatory safety equipment
|If going offshore login with your local volunteer marine rescue
SAFETY AND COMFORT
|GPS, charts of area and navigation equipment (pencils ruler etc)
||Torch and batteries
|Medical kit with seasick medications
||Tow rope and extra lines
|Suncreen, hat, sunglasses, extra clothing, warm blanket
||Food and water
|Spare bungs, basic tool kit,rags spare parts, belts, hose clamps, strong tape
||Fire blanket and fire extinguisher
|Mask and snorkel
||Life buoy or flotation
|Auxillary engine and fuel line ( if going offshore)