Boat Drivers and PWC Licence Courses
MR Central Coast is having a new building constructed in the second half of 2022. No Boat Licence courses are planned during this time. Please ring the base on 4337 9600 for updates.
General Boat Drivers Licence:
This is a licence for people aged 16 years and over to drive at 10 knots or more. To obtain a boat driver’s licence youmust complete a Boat Licence Knowledge test (available at most Marine Rescue Units); and undertake (3 x 1hour sessions minimum) practical training with an experienced licensed boat driver with details completed in a Log Book available from NSW Roads and Maritime Authority and available at most Marine Rescue Units. To help gain knowledge and for your safety you may wish to undertake a Boating Safety Course at the Marine Rescue Unit.
General Young Adult Boat Drivers Licence:
This licence is for those from 12 years to under 16 years of age. A Young Adult Licensee must ; successfully complete the Boat Licence Knowledge Test (completed at the Marine Rescue Unit) and complete (3 x 1hour sessions minimum) practical training with an experienced licensed boat driver with details completed in a Log Book available from NSW Roads and Maritime Authority and at most Marine Rescue Units.
Personal Water Craft (PWC) Licence:
A special licence is required to ride a PWC, regardless of speed. To obtain a PWC Licence, or to upgrade an existing General Boat Drivers Licence to enable a PWC to be driven, you must complete a Knowledge PWC licence test (available at most Marine Rescue Units) and successfully complete a (available at the Marine Rescue Unit). Holders of a PWC licence may also drive recreational vessels.
Young Adult PWC Licence:
People under 16 years, holding a current Young Adult PWC Licence are permitted to operate a PWC or a recreational vessel below 10 knots, or below 20 knots if accompanied by the holder of a PWC Licence.
Special qualifications are required to take charge of commercial vessels. If you want to obtain these qualifications, you will need a Record of Service book, which is available from the NSW Roads and Maritime Authority Commercial Vessels Section.
Holders of Certificates of Competency do not require a licence to operate a recreational vessel at 10 knots or more. However, they should carry their commercial qualifications. They also require a PWC Endorsement on their commercial qualifications if they drive a PWC.