Training & Education

Recreational Skipper’s Ticket Course

The Government of Western Australia, through the Department for Planning & Infrastructure requires anyone who operates a power-craft greater than 6hp (4.5kw) to have a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST). The RST is a qualification based on a set of marine safety competencies that a skipper will be required to demonstrate to an authorised assessor.

Surf Life Saving Western Australia as a peak aquatic body has been approved as an Authorised Provider of the RST. SLSWA has been educating and training the community in safe aquatic practices for over 100 years. SLSWA’s team of RST Assessors are highly skilled and DPI approved. In addition, SLSWA has the ability to provide training through external providers.

There are three levels of entry to the RST:

  1. Limited Boating Skills & Knowledge
  2. Practical Exemption (owned a boat for greater than 5 years)
  3. Prior Qualifications - Prior learning on boat driving

Course Content

  • Collision Avoidance
  • Navigation Lights
  • IALA Buoyage
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Safety Equipment
  • Emergency Situations

Course Duration

Surf Life Saving WA offers both Theory Assessments and Practical. Training is provided through instruction and self-teaching exercises (Workbook & PowerPoint).

Course Information

Minimum Age Requirement: 14 years

Course Fees

Skills Recognition: $40.00

The Theory and Practical Assessment Fee may vary and will be dependent on what level of prior instruction is required.
A fee will be agreed upon prior to assessment. A minimum fee of $185 can be expected.



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