Southern Ocean Sailing

Skipper's Ticket

Skippers Ticket assessment locations in Perth, Bunbury, Busselton and Albany. $185 (standard), $240 (premium).

Obtaining your Recreational Skipper's Ticket in WA is a breeze with Southern Ocean Sailing. Call 0428 42 99 11 or book securely online.

Step 1:

Download the free Skipper's Ticket Workbook.

Skipper's Ticket Workbook

This workbook PDF contains all the material that you will need to know to gain a Recreational Skipper's Ticket. You can study it in your own time and at your own pace.

Get a free hard copy of the workbook

Step 2:

Book online

Book online using our secure and easy-to-use booking system (prices start at $185.00).

OR you can enquire over the phone!.

Step 3:

We meet you (or your group) at one of our many assessment locations throughout Western Australia where you will complete a skipper's ticket theoretical and practical assessment.

Upon successful completion of the tests you'll receive a receipt of completion certificate allowing you to get out on the waters straight away! An official RST license will be mailed out within 4-5 weeks of completion.

Book your RST securely online today! or, call us on 0428 42 99 11 (obligation free) for more info!

Want to use your own boat for the assessment? No problem!

Southern Ocean sailing can also provide a boat for the assessment at no extra charge.

Recreational Skipper's Ticket WA

The formal Recreational Skipper's Ticket assessment consists of two sections: theoretical and practical.


The skipper's ticket theory section consists of 30 multiple choice questions of which you will need to answer 24 correctly. The theoretical assessment will test your knowledge regarding:

  • Rules and regulations
  • International collision rules
  • Buoyage and other navigation aids
  • Navigation lights
  • Maintenance of vessel, motor and equipment
  • Safety equipment required to be carried
  • Trip planning, and responsibilities to passengers
  • Distress signals, and response to distress and other emergencies


The skipper's ticket practical portion of the assessment is conducted following successful completion of the theoretical exam. The practical assessment will test your knowledge in the following:

  • Adherence to rules and regulations
  • Awareness of vessel's anchoring gear, berthing lines, and hardware
  • Conducting a safety briefing
  • Starting motor
  • Log a voyage plan
  • Safely depart a berth
  • Conduct a simulated man-overboard operation
  • Steer a steady course with a transit
  • Perform a controlled stop
  • Return to a berth and secure the vessel
  • Log off
Book your skipper's ticket online

The Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) is a certificate assessing a set of marine safety competencies, which ensures people in charge of recreational power crafts, including jet skis and yachts with motors, have the minimum skills and knowledge to protect themselves and their passengers, and to share the waterways safely with others.

This training programme, an initiative of the Department of Planning and Industry, ensures boat owners have the knowledge and essential skills to safely operate their vessels. As of April 1 2008, every skipper of a registrable, recreational vessel, powered by a motor greater than 4.5kwp (6 hp) (RST vessel) is required to hold a Recreational Skipper's Ticket.

Southern Ocean Sailing is an authorised assessor (authorised provider Yachting WA) for people wishing to obtain a Recreational Skipper's Ticket.

You do not have to participate in a training course to gain an RST, but if you would like to undertake some training prior to the assessment this can be arranged. We have available a comprehensive work-book designed as a self-learn package and it contains all the information you will need to know and will be provided to you free of charge.

For more information about the Skipper's Ticket, please visit the Recreational Skipper's Ticket page on the Department of Transport website.

Booklets are available from any Department of Transport office or agency. If getting hold of one is inconvenient we can arrange to have a book posted out to you. Contact us on 0428 42 99 11 and and we will have it posted out the next working day.

Southern Ocean Sailing assessments are carried out in Albany, Augusta, Bremer Bay, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Denham, Denmark, Derby, Dongara, Esperance, Exmouth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Hopetoun, Jurien, Kalbarri, Kununurra, Onslow, Port Hedland. We also travel to other locations.

Can't see your town/city listed above? Contact us on 0428 42 99 11 for more information.

Southern Ocean Sailing welcomes you to enquire about obtaining your Skipper's Ticket over the phone. Contact Mark on 0428 42 99 11 for more information!

What our customers are saying

FANTASTIC! Kristoffer and I were both a bit nervous about different aspects of getting our recreational skippers tickets.  You did a superb job of putting us both at ease.  We both felt confident with what and how you were teaching. I will (and have been) recommending your services for neither Kristoffer or myself can find anything that we would have changed about the whole day. Thanks again for such an enjoyable and rewarding experience  Both of our dads are proud and impressed (a little reluctant to hand over the boat keys still!)

Asha Hough and Kristoffer Cumming, Bunbury

Anyone looking at obtaining a Recreational Skippers Ticket, Mark McRae is the man to see.  His vast experience and knowledge of the sea is second to none.  His easy going personality, along with his obvious love and respect of the sea shines through when he explains the pro’s and con’s of small boat handling, the skippers responsibilities, safety of passengers, boat and equipment.  Unsure of anything or like a demonstration of any procedure?  Just ask!  There is nothing like getting advice from a pro who has your interests at heart.  Enjoyable, unhurried and no pressure.  I recommend and rate Mark highly.  A true down to earth professional!

Lew Franich, Albany

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