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Shore-based boating education

NSW Boat and PWC Theory Course

Pre-course
experience:

No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 4 hours.
Approvals:
NSW RMS Approved Training Provider
Delivery: Trainer-led classroom.
Requirements: Be able to read and understand English.
Cost:
$185.00 per person. Group booking discounts available.

Description

This combined boat and PWC theory only course is ideal for anyone who has already met the practical experience requirements.It is also a great option for busy people wishing to split the training time by completing the theory session one day and boat licence practical on another day. The course includes theory and the boat and PWC licence multiple-choice test assessments. You could also choose to attend one of our one day combination courses.

  1. To book on a course select 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 ID requirements prior to attending the course.
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Title Date Location Price
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests Sunday 26/04/2020 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests Sunday 17/05/2020 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests Sunday 06/07/2020 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests Sunday 28/06/2020 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests 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) $185.00 Enrol
Boat Licence & PWC Licence Theory Course & Tests 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) $185.00 Enrol

What you will learn

  • Boating terms.
  • State rules and regulations.
  • PWC rules
  • 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.
  • Waterskiing and towing rules.

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.

Learning resources

On completion of the 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 and PWC licence knowledge 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

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 one of our Trainers (additional fee applies) or, by way of an appointment with NSW Roads and Maritime Services. Please call the National Maritime College on 1300 723 112 to discuss your special needs.

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 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

You will be assessed in one (1) way:

  • Multiple-choice knowledge tests.

Theory assessments are completed face-to-face in the presence of an 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 must be answered correctly. If you do not successfully pass the tests you'll be given a second attempt on the day.  Should the second attempt be unsuccessful you can resit the test on another day with us or with NSW Roads and Maritime. Re-testing fees apply.

You need to complete a booking form for each person in your group. Our enrolment and booking system is configured to automatically deduct the discounted amount before sending an invoice balance based on the number booked at any one time. For two people the discount is 5% each off the published price. For three people the discount is 10% off the published price each. For four or more people the discount is 15% off the published price.

You must bring two colour passport photographs plus one form of full ID such as a current drivers licence or one primary form of ID and one secondary form of ID. The proof of identity requirements are detailed on the Roads and Maritime website.

No, you will still need to provide evidence of having met the practical experience requirements. A convenient and quick way to do this is by attending our Boat and PWC licence with practical one day course, or a boat licence practical on another day. Alternatively, you can complete the Roads and Maritime (RMS) Practical Logbook. Call 1300 723 112 if you have any questions.

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 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

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.

Licence holders 12-15 years old

The holder of a general boat driving licence or PWC driving licence who is aged from 12 to under 15 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.

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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