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Boat & PWC Licences

Radio Licences

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As new sessions are planned they'll be listed on our MRLM Course Schedule & Bookings page above and they will be open for booking, this includes boat & jetski licence courses.

In preparation for the commencement of training, the following information may assist you in preparing for the day:

To obtain your boat licence, you must:

Successfully complete the boat licence knowledge test
Provide a completed Boat Driving License Practical Logbook
It's up to you to fulfill the practical requirements, but you can get started on doing this before the theory component.

For more details and to download the practical logbook, please go to the RMS website here: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/licence/boat-pwc/practical-boating-experience.html

To complete the theory course and test with Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie costs $80 and the jetski course (PWC) is $50. (Note: You must have a boat licence prior to obtaining a PWC licence)

To get started on learning boating theory, you can download the Boating Handbook from here: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/index.html

There is a practice boat & PWC licence test available here: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/licence/boat-pwc/boating-knowledge-quiz.htmll

There is a glossary of boating terms available here: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/staying-safe/terms.html

Message MRLM Invigilators

Australian regulations require operators of VHF and MF/HF marine radios to have a licence, known as a Certificate of Proficiency.

On satisfactory completion of a multiple-choice written test, and a practical test, the Office of Maritime Communications, Australian Maritime College, part of the University of Tasmania, issues these certificates on behalf of AMSA, Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

If only VHF marine radios are to be used, then a SROCP, Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency is sufficient.

If MF/HF marine radios are to be used, then a LROCP, Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency is required. This also covers the use of VHF radios.

The exams are set and marked by the Australian Maritime College.
They authorise individuals as “Invigilators” to be able to order, supervise exams and return the completed exams for marking.
A number of members of Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie are Invigilators.
For each type of certificate the AMC produce a handbook, which can be viewed on line and a hard copy ordered from them.

Current ( March 2021) costs are as follows:

• Marine Radio Operators Handbook (for LROCP) $45.00
• Marine VHF Operators Handbook (for SROCP) $16.50
• Postage (single book) $ 4.00
• Exam Application (either Certificate) $89.00

Suggested Procedure:

Decide whether a Short or Long Range Certificate is desired.
Go to the Office of Maritime Communications website https://www.amc.edu.au/industry/omc/handbooks-and-revision-questions 

Then you can

• Read the appropriate handbook
• Order a hard copy (recommended)
• Complete the multiple-choice revision questions The pass mark in the multiple-choice theory exam is 70%.

It is suggested candidates should be getting at least 80% on the revision questions before attempting the actual exam.

The following minimum requirements for the practical exam are:

• Demonstrate the ability to use a marine radio, turn on and off, adjust volume, power, background noise, and set channels
• Demonstrate a Mayday call and message
• Demonstrate a log on, routine call, message and log out.
• Demonstrate an understanding of digital select calling procedures and a distress alert.
• Demonstrate setting the channel for dual watch. Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has special “training radios” which are used for the practical exam.
 

When you are ready for the exam, contact us using the Message system below.

You will then be contacted by one of our invigilators to arrange a mutually convenient time for the exams.
These are normally conducted at our Radio Base at Swansea Heads.
As part of the application, a passport/visa quality photo is required.
These can be obtained from Swansea Post Office, certain other PO’s and some pharmacies.

Photo ID, e.g. a Driver’s Licence, is required to be viewed by the Invigilator at the time of the exam.

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