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NSW Boat Licence Theory

Pre-course
experience:

No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 4 hours. Timings subject to numbers and variances which may arise on the day.
Approvals:
NSW RMS Approved Training Provider.
Requirements: Be able to read and understand English.
Cost:
$175.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.

Description

Covering nautical terminology, collision regulations, safety equipment and boating rules this theory only course is ideal for anyone wishing to complete the boat licence theory learning and RMS boat licence test assessment only.

  1. To start the booking process simply click on the yellow "Enrol" button.
  2. Find NSW regional areas course dates and locations.
  3. Review our terms and conditions as well as the Roads and Maritime proof of identity and Roads and Maritime proof of identity requirements prior to attending one of our courses.
  4. Read the Boat Licence Training Privacy Statement Icon PDF 24

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    Title Date Location Price
    Boat Licence Theory Course & Test Sunday 19/07/2020 10.45am-2.45pm 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) $175.00 Enrol
    Boat Licence Theory Course & Test Sunday 09/08/2020 10.45am-2.45pm 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) $175.00 Enrol
    Boat Licence Theory Course & Test Sunday 30/08/2020 10.45am-2.45pm 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) $175.00 Enrol

    What you will learn

    • Boating terms.
    • State rules and regulations.
    • Distances off, speed and wake restrictions.
    • International Collision regulations.
    • Chartwork and buoyage system.
    • Weather and tides.
    • Marine radio, distress and rescue.
    • Duty of care, boating risks and insurance.
    • Emergency drills and first aid.
    • Vessel and engine maintenance.
    • Watersking and towing rules.

    Course inclusions

    • NSW RMS Boat Licence multiple-choice knowledge test.
    • Boat Licence Application Form valid for12 months from date of issue.
    • Course Completion Certificate on request.

    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 learning resources to help you prepare for the course. On the day the Trainer will teach you everything you need to know in order to meet the boat licence knowledge requirements.

    Special needs

    Applicants who have difficulty reading or writing English, or who use AUSLAN (sign language) are advised to contact a local Maritime Service Centre, where interpretative services can be made available. Applicants who have difficulty in comprehending written questions can be given a verbal assessment by a College Trainer or by way of an appointment with NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
    Call us on 1300 723 112 to discuss your special needs with one of our experienced crew.

    What to bring

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    • 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 adult 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.

    Assessment

    The theory assessment is completed face-to-face in the presence of a College accredited Roads and Maritime 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 RMS for the issue of a NSW General Boat Licence.

    No, you still need to complete an on-water practical session.The quickest way to do this is by attending our boat licence and practical one day course, or the practical only session. Alternatively, you can complete the Roads and Maritime (RMS) Practical Logbook. This option will take you longer to complete.

    Yes, they are. 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.

    Yes, we recommend all attendees complete prior learning before completing the course. It will assist in preparing for the multiple-choice knowledge test. On completion of the enrolment process you will be provided with access to the course learning resources area.

    Bring one full Proof of Identity item such as a current drivers licence. Everything else you need for the theory course is provided.


    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 NSW Roads and Maritime. The fees are subject to annual review.


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

    Licence type

    There are two types of Licences:

    • General boat driving licence
    • PWC driving licence

    The general boat driving licence also permits people aged 12 - 15 years old to over to drive a recreational power-driven vessel. Restrictions apply.

    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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