FAQs Boat & Jet Ski Licence

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For the classroom: bring a pen (& note paper if you like). You can bring a water bottle, we may have some water in the classroom, depending on the venue. Bring your ID as well, as per below.
For the Boat: clothing appropriate for the conditions. Closed in shoes are ideal. Shorts or pants are more suitable than skirts & dresses for boarding and leaving the boats. Remember it may be cold out on the water in Autumn & spring even if it feels warm on the land!

For the classroom: comfortable clothing, appropriate for the dress regulations at our host venue. Thongs, stubbies & singlets are usually not welcome, and you'll be expected to remove any hats inside where appropriate.
Will the course still be on? We go out in the rain, wind and whatever else. We won't go out on the water if the trainer deems conditions to be unsafe. This can be due to current weather (wind, rain, wave height) or as a result of previous weather (flooding, debris and fast/high water in rivers). If the trainer deems it not safe to depart the practical, we will deliver the theory training ASAP, unless already done. We will keep an eye to the conditions through the theory, and hopefully go out if the weather improves. If we are not able to take you out on the day, we'll make arrangements for you to do the practical at another scheduled course to suit, or maybe arrange a special session for those affected there on the day at another date/time.
No. Due to the wonderful variations in our dietary requirements, and time restrictions, we ask that you make your own arrangements. Most venues will have facilities to buy lunch, or there is somewhere close by. You can bring your own lunch as well, of course. Where we can we will make Tea & coffee and maybe even some snacks available in the room.
This will be contained in your enrolment confirmation email. You'll find it along with a map link for the location of the start, as well as links for the other venue location on the day, if any. We'll usually also send you a reminder SMS on the day before, which will also have the location map link handy. You'll find more specific information on each venue on the venue pages of the site.
No. You don't need to have your own boat to get a licence. And no, you don't need to bring your boat to the course on the day. We will use our own training vessels, specifically chosen for their ease of operation and inherent safety.
Yes!! The trainer will only drive the boat to leave and return to the wharf, and demonstrate each task for you. The rest of it is all up to you, the students. Everyone will have a go at each competency, and you'll do some tasks together.
No. If you have driven anything with a steering wheel, you'll get it. If you haven't we'll take the time to make sure you can. The course practical assessment is "competency based", which means, you need to be competent at the tasks, not perfect.
If you don't complete a task correctly the first time, we'll talk with you about what to do differently, and you can try again. If we deem you to be "Not Yet Competent" on the day, you'll be offered some more counselling post course and the opportunity to return for training and re-assessment on another date.
Yes. Both adults and children need to satisfy RMS's Proof Of Identity (POI) requirements. See here for RMS's Proof of Identity details. A NSW driver's licence will be fine for those 16 & over, and for those 12-16, either an Australian Birth Certificate OR a current Passport AND a Medicare card, are the most commonly provided POI docs.
Only if you are doing the PWC course, full day or upgrade. No photos are required for boat licence only students.
No. We do not have the resources to provide full-time supervision of unattended children. You'll need to be there along the way on the day to get them where they need to be (theory and practical are mostly in different locations), and provide consent for 12-16y/olds, and supervise them when they are not in a training environment with us. All our trainers are required to be able to obtain a Working With Children clearance.
Let us know before the course date, and we can discuss options available to you. This may be selecting the right course date & location, time of year, oral assessment or guidance on how you can obtain appropriate interpretation assistance to sit the exam.
Yes AND no. 1st July 2016 saw the exam increased from 40 to 50 questions. However, our training and revision is structured, both in class and out on the water, to give you the best chance to remember all you'll need to know to pass with Flying Colours!!
No, the test is closed book. No notes or similar may be used in the process. The good news is that you'll know it all by the time we give you the exam, so you don't need to use any notes! There's no time limit to doing the test, so the best strategy is to take your time.
You can have 2 attempts on the day at each section. The pass mark for section A is 100% (20/20). The pass mark in section B is 26/30. If you get too many wrong in your first attempt at either section, we'll go over the wrong answer(s) and remind you of the correct answers to each question, before you have a second attempt.
It's important that you let us know you're not coming on the day, as early as you can. We may be able to offer your place to another on a wait list for the day, so you'll make someone else happy. If we don't hear from you early enough, you may forfeit your enrolment fees.
No, we cannot accept cash or other payment on the day, and can't hold places for payment on the day. We only have a certain amount of space in each boat, and in the classroom, so we will only include those who've paid for their place in our planning for the day. If you have a friend who may want to join you, usually that's fine, but please contact us to let us know, and we'll do what we can. They'll need to pay before we confirm their spot as well, of course.