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Boat licence practical training

NSW Boat Licence

Pre-course experience:
No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 5-6 hours. Finishing times can vary due to weather and other constraints which may arise on the day.
Approvals: NSW RMS Authorised Training Provider.
Delivery: Trainer-led theory and on water practical. Meets all the requirements of gaining the licence.
Requirements: Be able to read and understand English and advise of any health condition, eyesight, hearing, learning disability or other disability which may compromise training.
Cost:
$265.00. Group booking discounts available.

Description

This one day course delivers a great overall training experience and includes theory, knowledge test and on-water practical. It is ideal for anyone 12 years or older. On successful completion of the training with us, you will have met all the requirements for obtaining the licence. Then, present the documentation we give you along with your proof of identity at your nearest Roads and Maritime Service Centre, pay the licence fee and you will be issued with the licence. You can also choose to combine the PWC Licence in the same day. Group booking discounts available. Call 1300 723 112 for more information or booking assistance.

  1. To start the booking process simply click on the yellow "Enrol" button.
  2. Find course locations and dates in regional NSW areas.
  3. Review our terms and conditions as well as the Roads and Maritime proof of identity requirements prior to attending one of our courses.
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Title Date Location Price
Boat Licence Course & Test & Practical Sunday 09/08/2020 8.00am-2.30pm SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 Sydney-DRUMMOYNE-Taplin Park Boat Ramp, Five Dock Bay, The Esplanade (off Bayswater Road) Drummoyne NSW 2047 (Practical) CHISWICK Training Room Next Step Performing Arts, 15-17 Bibby Street, Chiswick, NSW 2046 (Theory) $265.00 Course Full
Boat Licence Course & Test & Practical Sunday 30/08/2020 8.00am-2.30pm TIMINGS ARE A GUIDE ONLY AND MAY VARY ON THE DAY Sydney-DRUMMOYNE-Taplin Park Boat Ramp, Five Dock Bay, The Esplanade (off Bayswater Road) Drummoyne NSW 2047 (Practical) CHISWICK Training Room Next Step Performing Arts, 15-17 Bibby Street, Chiswick, NSW 2046 (Theory) $265.00 Enrol
Boat Licence Course & Test & Practical Sunday 20/09/2020 8.00am-2.30pm TIMINGS ARE A GUIDE ONLY AND MAY VARY ON THE DAY Sydney-DRUMMOYNE-Taplin Park Boat Ramp, Five Dock Bay, The Esplanade (off Bayswater Road) Drummoyne NSW 2047 (Practical) CHISWICK Training Room Next Step Performing Arts, 15-17 Bibby Street, Chiswick, NSW 2046 (Theory) $265.00 Enrol

Everything you need to complete the course is supplied. Morning tea and generous lunches are available at all our venues for reasonable prices. It is also a good idea to bring a packed lunch. Break times are flexible, subject to numbers on the day. Starting on the water or at a shore-based venue our knowledgeable and qualified maritime trainers will focus on teaching you state rules, boating knowledge and applying safe boating practices and skills on the water. These learned skills will help to keep you safe and make your boating activities more enjoyable.

What you will learn

  • Boating terminology.
  • State rules and regulations.
  • Safe distance rules, speed and wake restrictions.
  • International Collision Regulations.
  • Chart basics and buoyage system.
  • Weather and tides.
  • Marine radio, distress and rescue.
  • Duty of care and boating risks.
  • Emergency drills.
  • Basic engine maintenance and boat handling.
  • Waterskiing and towing rules.
  • Docking,anchoring and line work.
  • Effects of wind and current.

Sydney boat licence course practical venues

Our practical training venues have been selected because they offer the best possible training experience, with plenty of action to put theory learning into practice on the water.

Course inclusions

  • NSW RMS boat licence multiple-choice knowledge test.
  • Licence Application Form valid for 12 months from date of issue.
  • Inflatable Lifejacket, provided for the duration of the practical session.

Duration

Five - six hours. Finishing times may vary depending on weather conditions and other constraints which could arise on the day. Every attempt is made to keep to course timings.

Prerequisites

Be able to read, write and understand English and advise of any health condition, eyesight, hearing, learning or any physical disability which may the compromise training or the RMS licence application.

Learning resources

Once you have completed the online enrolment/booking process you will be provided with access to course learning resources and practice quizzes. Don't be concerned if there are some questions or boating concepts you do not quite understand. On the day the Trainer will teach you everything you need to know in order to meet the boat licence requirements.

Special needs

Contact us on 1300 723 112 if you have a difficulty with reading or writing English,use AUSLAN (sign language) or have a learning disability so we can discuss your special needs with you so that you feel comfortable about attending the course.

What to bring

  • Pen.
  • 1 form of full proof of identity (POI) such as a current drivers licence. Or, one form of primary ID, such as a Passport or a Birth Certificate and one form of Secondary ID such as a Medicare Card, Pensioners Concession Card, current Student ID, or a current Credit Card. The required Proof of Identity information is available on the NSW Roads and Maritime website. NOTE: Young licence applicants (persons between 12 years and under 16 years of age) are required to provide one form of primary ID and one form of secondary ID.
  • Appropriate apparel for the practical boat session - Hat, water, sunscreen, runners, boat shoes, no thongs, jacket suitable for weather conditions of the day.
    Packed lunch/water.(optional)

Assessment

You will be assessed in two (2) ways:

  1. Multiple-choice knowledge test.
  2. Practical skills demonstration and observation on the water.

Theory and practical assessments are completed face-to-face in the presence of an approved Roads and Maritime (NSW RMS) Services trainer and assessor.

Licence Test

There are 50 multiple choice questions comprised of which 20 core safety issue questions must be answered correctly and 30 general safety questions of which 24 questions must be answered correctly. If you do not successfully pass the test you'll be given a second attempt on the day. Should the second attempt not be successful you will need to resit the multiple-choice test on another date. Re-testing fees apply. The boat multiple-choice test is based on a range of knowledge defined by NSW RMS for the issue of a NSW Boat Licence.

If you fail the second attempt you will still be able to complete the practical session.

Practical Assessment

The practical session involves every participant getting behind wheel, learning engine controls, steering, docking, manoeuvring and anchoring. Candidates will also participate in an emergency drill, line handling, launch, lookout duties and retrieval activities. You will be assessed on your ability to steer the vessel safely and within the rules.

Be 16 years or older. Complete an approved boat licence course, successfully complete the boat licence multiple-choice test and undertake a practical boating session. A Boat Licence can be obtained if the person is 12 to under 16 years old. The licence has restrictions applied.

Young people between the ages of 12 to under 16 years old are. We have all the necessary safety systems and checks in place both on and off the water. Our trainers are first aid qualified and hold current working with children clearances.

In NSW anyone who is the operator of a power-driven vessel operating recreationally on NSW waters, at a speed of 10 knots (approximately 18.5km/h) or more must have a general boat driving licence. The licence allows the holder to drive any sized recreational vessel.

Yes, they are for two or more people. Our online enrolment system is configured to automatically deduct the discounted amount before sending an invoice depending on the number booking online at any one time. For two people, the discount is 5%. For three people the discount is 10%. For four or more people the discount is 15%. The discount is applied to each person on the booking.

There are 50 multiple choice questions of which 20 compulsory questions must be answered correctly and 30 general questions of which 24 questions (80%) must be answered correctly. Supervised by a College trainer the test takes 20-30 minutes to complete. If you do not successfully pass the test you'll be given a second attempt on the day. Should the second attempt not be successful you will need to resit the boat licence test on another date. You can resit the test with us or with NSW Roads and Maritime. Re-testing fees apply.

Yes, we recommend all participants complete some prior learning before attending the course. On completion of the booking process you will be provided with access to the course learning resources.

Bring proof of identity, such as a Drivers Licence, a Passport or a Birth Certificate. We also recommend reviewing the specified proof of identity guidelines detailed on the NSW Roads and Maritime website. For the practical training you should bring; drinking water, packed lunch, sunscreen , hat, sunglasses, sensible footwear (deck shoes, joggers, sand shoes - no thongs) and jacket, suitable for the conditions on the day of training.

Onboard a training vessel and guided by an experienced maritime trainer you will complete a variety of hands on tasks as part of your practical assessment. Each attendee will drive and dock the vessel, participate in a person overboard and anchoring drill and will be encouraged to be active participants throughout the session.

In most circumstances yes, subject to trainer discretion. Our training vessels are generally fitted with full biminy, storm covers, radio and safety equipment. It is rare for the practical course to be cancelled due to weather. Participants are advised to dress and be prepared for conditions of the day.

In Sydney where the majority of courses with practical operate the training vessel is 6.1 Quintrex Coastrunner with a capacity of 6 people plus the trainer. This vessel is ideally suited to boat licence training as it features high sides, protective clears, a good size cockpit area and walk through to the anchor. So, there is plenty of room for students to move around and participate in the training. The vessel operates year round in all conditions. Practical sessions will only be cancelled if the Trainer deems conditions to be unsafe.

After successfully completing the course with us you will have met all the requirements for gaining the licence. Just take the paperwork we give you to a Roads and Maritime Service Centre, pay the licence fee and be issued with a temporary paper licence over the counter. You can use the temporary licence until you receive your Boat Licence Card in the mail. Click on the " Licence Info" tab on this page to view the current licence fees.

Yes, in Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Currently in Northern Territory there is currently no licence requirement

Yes, you can. Just book on our one day boat and PWC combined course option. On successful completion of the boat licence test you will then be given the PWC Licence test to complete.

Roads and Maritime Boat (RMS) and PWC licence fees

Similar to a driver's licence you will also have to pay a state government fee to Roads and Maritime. The fees are subject to annual review.


Boat Licence
PWC Licence
One year licence
62.00 190.00
One year concession licence or for people under 16 years old
31.00 95.00
Three year licence
167.00 415.00
Three year concession licence or for people under 16 years old
84.00 208.00
Five year licence
263.00 649.00
Five year concession licence or for people under 16 years old
132.00 325.00
Ten year licence
470.00 941.00
Ten year concession licence or for people under 16 years old
235.00 471.00
Replacement licence
20.00 20.00

Licence period

A NSW General Licence or PWC / Jet Ski licence is available for either a 1, 3, 5 or 10 year period. Issued as a paper licence followed by a plastic card.

Licence class

There are two classes of boat licences:

  1. General boat driving licence (GBL)
  2. Personal Watercraft driving licence (PWC)

Combined driver and boat licence

Eligible Roads and Maritime customers can combine their unrestricted vehicle driver's licence (all classes) and the boat licence onto one card. A combined licence will constitute a NSW driver licence which includes an indicator on the reverse side of the card that the licence holder also holds a NSW boat licence. Eligibility and non eligibility requirements for the combined licence are detailed on the Roads and Maritime website.

Exemptions

Holders of valid AMSA Certificates of Competency as master, mate or coxswain are currently exempt from the requirement to hold a PWC or General Boat Licence when boating for recreational purposes.

Eyesight standards

Where the applicant has a known eyesight condition or is unable to provide a current Drivers Licence, or eyesight report to confirm eyesight standards, an eyesight test may be required. This can be completed at a Roads and Maritime Service Centre or you can provide an eyesight report issued by a General Practitioner or Optometrist.




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Boat licence practice questions

The NSW Roads and Maritime boat licence practice questions are a great learning resource for preparing you to sit the boat licence multiple-choice test assessment or to refresh your knowledge of the
boating rules.

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