Course Facts

Course Components

1. Complete the Safe Boating and/or PWC Jetski Course

The course covers rules, regulations, operational safety, the review and everything you need to know to pass your Knowledge Test.

2. Pass the Boating and PWC Knowledge Tests

These tests are NOT available online and must be completed face-to-face within the presence of an accredited Maritime Trainer and Assessor by a Training Organisation or at an RMS Service Centre. When you attend our course, there is no testing at RMS.

There are 50 multiple choice questions:

  • 30 — the first 30 questions must have 24 answered correctly
  • 20 — the next 20 questions must ALL be answered correctly

The PWC licence knowledge test has an additional 15 questions:

  • 15 — PWC multiple choice questions, 12 of which must be answered correctly

3. Practical Boating Experience

To apply for an initial general boat driving licence or personal watercraft (PWC) licence, you'll need to provide evidence of your practical boating experience.

This evidence is provided in the form of a Practical Boating Logbook, which is available at every course. You must record three trips in the Logbook, and arrange for an experienced skipper (who may be a family member, a friend, or a workmate) to help you complete it. The skipper must have a current NSW or interstate boat driving licence, and have held it for at least 3 consecutive years.

What if I fail the Test?

We are confident that you will pass the test, we pass 99% of all students. If you fail the first time, our Trainer will explain any answers you got wrong. You are then allowed a 2nd attempt. If you don’t pass on the day, you can re-sit the test again on another course date, at no cost!

Oral Assessment

If you understand English well, and find reading English difficult, please advise the trainer PRIOR to attending the course. If the Trainer is available AFTER the course, they may be able to provide an oral assessment to the test questions. If the Trainer is not available (the busy summer season), make sure you book on a date suitable to us both, when extra after the course time may be made available.

Reading, Understanding and Speaking English

Generally, language and learning difficulties are not catered for. You must be able to speak and read English to attempt the Roads and Maritime Services test. If you have reading and writing difficulties contact Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13 and given time, they can arrange a remedial teacher or interpreter at any Roads and Maritime Services office.

What will I learn at the course?

  • Essential boating information
  • Licence, registration, fines
  • Rules and regulations
  • Life jackets and safety equipment
  • Proper lookout, speed zones, signage
  • Irregular driving, prohibited areas
  • Waves, wash, irregular driving
  • Distance from vessels, people
  • Water ski and Jetski rules
  • Stay right, meeting head-on, overtaking
  • Lights, poor visibility, sound signals
  • Navigation markers, port, starboard
  • Inbound (upstream)
  • Outbound (downstream)
  • Leads, Cardinal (compass marks)
  • Blocked channel, Danger marks
  • Open water safety equipment
  • Emergencies, distress signals
  • Hypothermia, inland waters
  • Boat and Jetski handling, tips for safer boating

Do I have to study?

It’s not a requirement to study beforehand. If you like to be well prepared, read and review the following handbooks:

The Boating Knowledge Quiz

The Boating Knowledge Quiz contains a sample of the RMS Test questions. If you have the time, select which type of knowledge quiz you would like to complete General Boat or Personal Watercraft (PWC) by clicking on the appropriate image below.

This quiz mimics the actual Knowledge Tests and you will be presented with random questions taken from the actual test question pools. Once you have selected the test you wish to complete click on the right arrow to move into the quiz.

At the end of the knowledge quiz you will have the option to review the section of the Boating Safety Handbook in which your answers were incorrect.