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Upgrade your boat licence to a PWC Licence

PWC Licence Upgrade

Pre-course
experience:

Hold a current NSW General Boat Licence.

Duration: 2 hours

Delivery: Trainer-led classroom

Requirements: Be able to read, write and understand English.

Approvals:
NSW RMS Approved Training Provider

Cost:
$95.00 per person. Group discounts available.

Description

The PWC Upgrade course is ideal for people who already have a NSW Boat Licence and are seeking to upgrade their licence to include the PWC licence. It is a short two-hour theory only course which includes the PWC licence mutiple-choice test.

NOTE: There is currently no requirement by Roads and Maritime for PWC Upgrade applicants to undergo a PWC practical as a requirement for gaining the licence.
    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 the course.
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      Title Date Location Price
      PWC UPGRADE & Test Sunday 09/08/2020 2.45pm-4.00pm 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) $95.00 Course Full
      PWC UPGRADE & Test Sunday 30/08/2020 2.45pm-4.00pm 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) $95.00 Enrol
      PWC UPGRADE & Test Sunday 20/09/2020 2.45pm-4.00pm 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) $95.00 Enrol

      What you will learn

        • PWC rules and regulations.
        • PWC operating basics.
        • PWC trip planning and responsible use.
        • PWC restrictions and towing rules.
        • Distances off and speed restrictions.
        • PWC terms.

          Course inclusions

          • NSW RMS PWC multiple-choice knowledge test.
          • Licence Application Form.
          • PWC Photo ID Form.

          Learning Resources

          Once you have completed the online enrolment/booking process you will be provided with access to PWC learning resources and practice quizzes. 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 to meet the PWC licence requirements.

          Assessment

          You will be assessed in one (1) way:

          Multiple-choice knowledge test.

          Assessment is completed face-to-face in the presence of one of our approved Roads and Maritime trainer and assessors.

          PWC Licence Test
          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 test you will be given a second attempt on the day. Should the second attempt not be successful you will need resit the tests on another date. You can resit the test with us or at Roads and Maritime. Re-testing fees apply.

          Special needs

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

          What to bring

          At the course you will need to show proof of identity (a driver's licence,a passport, or a birth certificate), two colour passport photographs and your boat licence.

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

            You must bring two colour passport photos, one form of primary ID such as a current NSW drivers licence, a passport or a birth certificate as well as your boat licence. Proof of Identity requirements are available on the Roads and Maritime website. You should review this information prior to the course.

            Once you have booked on the course we provide you with access to the PWC learning resources. The resources help you to prepare for the licence test. The PWC rules will be reinforced with the Trainer in the classroom. The course also focuses on the operating rules you need to know to avoid any fines while riding on NSW waterways.

            If you have spent time reviewing the PWC learning resources  before the course it should be easy to pass.

            Everyone who drives a PWC MUST have a PWC licence.

            Roads and Maritime (RMS) PWC Licence Fees

            Similar to a driver's licence you will also have to pay a state government fee to Roads & Maritime Services. PWC licence fees may be subject to annual review by Roads and Maritime.


            PWC Licence
            One year licence
            190.00
            One year concession for persons aged under 16 years old
            95.00
            Three year licence
            415.00
            Three year concession licence for persons aged under 16 years old
            208.00
            Five year licence
            649.00
            Five year concession licence for persons aged under 16 years old
            325.00
            Ten year licence
            941.00
            Ten year concession licence for persons aged under 16 years old
            471.00
            Replacement licence
            20.00

            Licence holders 12-16 years old

            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 in 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.

            Applying for the licence

            You can apply for your licence by attending a Roads and Maritime Registry or Service NSW Service Centre in person and presenting:

            • The completed licence application form, declaring you have completed the training, any known medical condition, or physical ability which may affect your ability to operate a boat and meet eyesight standards.
            • Proof of your identity.
            • General boat licence.
            • Payment of the licence fee.


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