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NSW Boat and PWC Licence

Pre-course experience:
No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 6.5 hours. Finishing times can vary depending on weather conditions and other constraints which could arise on the day.
Approvals:
Approved NSW RMS Training Provider.
Delivery: Trainer-led theory and on water boat practical.
Requirements: Be able to read, write and understand English and advise of any health condition, eyesight, hearing, learning disability or other disability which may compromise training.
Cost:
$310.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.








Description

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to meet the requirements for gaining both the NSW Boat and PWC licence in the one day. The course combines theory, both multiple-choice tests and boat practical. No further training or testing is required on successful completion of this course. Just present the documentation we give you along with your proof of identity at a NSW RMS Service Centre, pay the licence fee and you will be ready to head out on the water on your boat or PWC.

  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.
  4. Read the Boat Licence Training Privacy Statement Icon PDF 24

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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) $310.00 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) $310.00 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) $310.00 Enrol

This course  starts with the boat licence on water practical followed by the theory session. The boat licence theory course and test is completed first, followed by the PWC licence course and test.

What you will learn

  • Boating terms and safety practices.
  • State boat and PWC rules and regulations.
  • Distances off, speed and wake restrictions.
  • International Collision regulations and navigation aids.
  • Weather, tides and the environment.
  • Marine radio, distress and rescue.
  • Duty of care, boating risks and emergencies.
  • Vessel maintenance.
  • Watersking and towing rules.
  • Boat handling, docking, anchoring and linework.

Course inclusions

  • Boat Licence multiple-choice knowledge test.
  • PWC Licence multiple-choice knowledge test.
  • Boat Licence Application Form valid for 12 months from date of issue.
  • PWC Licence Application Form valid for 12 months from date of issue.
  • Inflatable lifejacket provided to each participant to wear for the duration of the practical session.

Learning resources

Once you have completed the online enrolment/booking process you will be provided with access to course learning resources. Do not 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 NSW boat and PWC licence requirements.

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.

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. PLUS two colour passport photographs. College Trainers are required to sight the passport photographs. Failure to bring the photographs to the course theory venue may result in documentation being withheld until they have been verified by the trainer.
  • 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. A eyesight test may also be required.
  • Wear suitable apparel for the practical boat session - hat, sunscreen, drinking water, runners, boat shoes NO THONGS, jacket suited for the weather conditions on the day.
  • Packed lunch/water. (recommended) You can also ask the Trainer about local cafes and bakeries available nearby.

Assessment

You will be assessed in two (2) ways:

  1. Multiple-choice knowledge test.
  2. Practical (boat only) skills demonstration and observation on the water where you will be assessed on your ability to steer the vessel safely and within the rules.

The theory and practical assessments are completed face-to-face in the presence of a qualified and approved boat licence trainer.

Licence Tests

There are 50 multiple choice questions of which 20 core safety issue questions must be answered correctly and 30 general safety questions of which 24 questions must be answered correctly.The boat licence multiple-choice test must be successfully completed before the PWC licence test can be attempted. The PWC test consists of an additional 15 multiple-choice questions of which 12 questions must be answered correctly. The multiple-choice tests are based on a range of knowledge defined by Roads and Maritime.

If you do not successfully pass the boat licence test you will not be able to attempt the PWC licence test. You will be given a second attempt on the day. Should the second attempt not be successful you will need resit on another date. You can resit the test with us or with NSW Roads and Maritime. Re-testing fees apply. NOTE: Failing the multiple choice test will not prevent you from being able to complete the boat practical. You will be issued with an application which will show you have meet the practical requirements. You must present this plus proof of having successfully completed

PWC practical

Practical training for the PWC Licence is currently not required in New South Wales. We are strong advocates for PWC practical and offer this training on request. Contact us on 1300 723 112 for more information.

Yes it does and the course is approved by Roads and Maritime. On successful completion of the training with us simply, take the documentation we give along with your proof of identity to a Roads and Maritime Service Centre near you, pay the licence fee and your licence will be issued.

Yes there are. We recommend all students review our course learning resources prior to coming on the course as it will help you prepare for the training day. On completion of the enrolment process you will be provided with access to learning resources.

Yes, we do. Our online enrolment system is configured to automatically deduct a discounted amount before sending an invoice depending on the number booking online at any one time. For two people, the discount is 5% off the published price. For three people the discount is 10% off the published price. For four or more people the discount is 15% off the published price. The discount is applied to each person on the booking.Call us on 1300 723 112 if you would like more information or booking assistance.

Should the second attempt not be successful you will need resit on another date and you will not be able to sit the PWC test. You can resit both tests with us or with NSW Roads and Maritime. Re-testing fees apply. Failing the multiple choice test assessments will not prevent you from being able to complete the boat practical. You will be issued with an application form which will show you have meet the practical requirements. You must present this plus proof of having successfully completed the tests in order to meet all the requirements for gaining the licence.

Bring the required Proof of Identity. Boat licence applicants must provide either one full POI document such as a current drivers licence or one primary document and one secondary document. PWC particpants in addition to one full proof of identity document must bring two (2) colour passport photographs. Our trainers are required to sight your passport photos and proof identity at the course. People attending boat practical training should bring drinking water, packed lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, sensible footwear (deck shoes, joggers, sneakers - no thongs) and jacket suitable for the conditions on the day of training.

Young people between the ages of 12-15 years are. We have all the necessary safety systems and checks in place both on and off the water and our trainers are first aid qualified and hold current working with children clearances.

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

Roads and Maritime (RMS) Boat 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
PWC
One year licence
62.00
190.00
One year concession or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
31.00
95.00
Three year licence
167.00
415.00
Three year concession licence or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
84.00
208.00
Five year licence
263.00
649.00
Five year concession licence or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
132.00
325.00
10 year licence
470.00
941.00
10 year concession licence or for people aged 12 to 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 1, 3, 5 or 10 years.

Licence class

There are two classes of boat licences:

General boat driving licence (GBL)
Personal watercraft driving licence (PWC)

The general boat driving licence permits people aged 12 years and over to drive any vessel (except a PWC) at 10 knots or more WITH RESTRICTIONS APPLIED.

Combined driver and boat licence

Eligible Roads and Maritime customers can combine their unrestricted driver licence (all classes) and adult 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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