Boat and PWC Licence
||No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
|Duration:||6 hours. Finishing times may vary depending on weather conditions and other constraints which could arise on the day.
||Approved NSW RMS Training Provider.
|Delivery:||Trainer-led theory and on water boat practical.
|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.
||$295.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.
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 the 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.
Bookings & Enrolment
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Review our terms and conditions and the Roads and Maritime proof of identity requirements prior to attending one of our courses.
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This course follows the same format as the boat licence one day program. The only difference is you will be learning some additional PWC operating rules and completing another short PWC multiple-test during the theory session. NOTE: There is currently no requirement in NSW to complete a PWC practical session, you need only complete the boat practical which you will complete on the course
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.
- 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.
Participants are advised to review the pre-course learning resources provided to them on completion of the enrolment/booking process. Do not be concerned if there are some questions or boating concepts you don't quite understand. On the day the Trainer will explain these concepts to you and teach you everything you need to know in order to meet the requirements for obtaining a NSW Boat or PWC Licence. You'll also receive valuable information for keeping safe on the waterways.
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 may be made available. Applicants who have difficulty in comprehending written questions can be given a verbal assessment by a Trainer or by way of an appointment with NSW Roads and Maritime Services. Call 1300 723 112 to discuss your needs.
What to bring
- 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.
You will be assessed in two (2) ways:
- Multiple-choice knowledge test.
- Practical 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.
The course is derived from the following nationally recognised units of competency:
MEM50008 - Carry out trip preparation and planning
MEM50009 - Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat
MEM50010 - Respond to boating emergencies and incidents
SISOPWC201A - Select and maintain a personal watercraft
SISOPWC202A - Demonstrate simple skills to ride a personal watercraft in controlled conditions
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. 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
Practical training for the PWC Licence is currently not required in New South Wales. We are a strong advocate for PWC practical and offers this training on request. Contact us on 1300 723 112 for more information.
- Boating terms and safety practices.
Does this course meet all the requirements for gaining the licence?+
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.
Are there any pre-course learning resources or practice quizzes available?+
Yes there are. We recommend all students review our course learning resources prior to coming on the course and it will help you prepare for the training day. On completion of the enrolment process you will be provided with access to learning resources material and practice quizzes.
Do you offer group booking discounts?+
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.
What happens if I fail a second attempt at the boat licence test?+
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.
Will the practical training proceed in adverse conditions?+
In most circumstances yes, subject to trainer discretion. Training vessels are fitted with full biminy, storm covers, radio and safety equipment. It is rare for the boat licence practical to be cancelled due to weather. Students are advised to dress and be prepared for conditions of the day.
What should I bring to the course?+
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.
Are young people catered for on the course?+
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.
Will my combined Boat and PWC licence be recognised in other states?+
Yes, in Queensland, West Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Currently in Northern Territory there is no licence requirement.
The National Maritime College is required to ensure compliance with Roads and Maritime (RMS) directives in relation to acceptable acceptable proof of identity (POI) documents to be produced by boat and PWC licence applicants.
Roads and Maritime 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
One year concession or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
Three year licence
Three year concession licence or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
Five year licence
Five year concession licence or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
10 year licence
10 year concession licence or for people aged 12 to under 16 years old
A NSW General Licence or PWC / Jet Ski licence is available for either 1, 3, 5 or 10 years.
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.
Digital boat licence and vessel registration
In NSW boat licence and vessel registration is now available in digital form on an updated version of the Service NSW app. To access digital licences and vessel registration, boaters need to download the Service NSW app and link Maritime Services to their MyService NSW account.
NOTE: The digital licence for the PWC class licence doesa not have a photo included for this release and therefore will not be valid when operating a PWC at any speed. So when driving a PWC the operator must carry their physical PWC licence at all times. When operating a powered vessel above 10 knots however, a PWC class digital boat driving licence will be accepted as a valid form of licence.
A boat driving licence-class PWC cannot be renewed online or via the app. A licence holder with a combined licence (boat and a driver licence) can view their Boat Driving Licence as a digital licence. Until the driver licence is available digitally (planned for release in 2019), these users will not be able to renew their Boat Driving Licence online. While users who choose to carry only a digital licence must ensure their device remains charged and accessible, digital licences can be accessed on another smartphone or tablet by securely signing into the Service NSW app when in mobile reception.
Restriced licence holders
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.
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.
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.
Applying for the licence
You can apply for your licence by attending a Roads and Maritime Service NSW Service Centre in person or by mailing the required documentation to the address detailed on the Licence Aplication Form. Once payment of the licence is received by Roads and Maritime you will be issued with the licence.
- Drive at a speed greater than 20 knots.