A recreational skipper’s ticket (RST) is Western Australia’s equivalent of a boat licence. Adopted by government marine safety authorities to ensure safe use of waterways, build confidence and awareness with boat safety. Approved providers likeSea Safe Boat School area leading Perth boat school providing both theoretical and practical assessment of core competencies to ensure the successful obtainment of a recreational skipper’s ticket. Offering easy booking, supportive courses catered towards diverse learnings styles, and course availability 7 days a week, you can’t go past the skills you will obtain from Sea Safe Boat School.

How to Get Skippers Ticket

Are you unsure if you are eligible or how to get skippers ticket? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions that your Perth boat school are often asked.

  • How can I book my boat licence? Simply contact your local Sea Safe Boat School who will work with you to understand your requirements and book your assessment to suit your needs.
  • What boat do I need a licence to operate? It is a requirement that the driver of a motorboat exceeding 6hp is required to hold the appropriate recreational skipper’s ticket.
  • How old can you be to get your boat licence? You can obtain your recreational ticket from age 14. However, if you are between the age of 14 to 16 you are restricted to operating during daylight hours.
  • Can I complete a recreational skipper’s ticket assessment if I am under the age of 18? Yes, you can! Simply provide a letter of consent by your parent or legal guardian prior to engaging with your local Perth boast school.
  • Do I need to complete an eye test to get my boat licence? If you do not hold a current Australian Drivers licence you will need to complete an eye test by an approved medical professional such as a General Practitioner, Optometrist, or Registered Nurse
  • Will I be able to obtain a recreational skipper’s ticket if I have a medical condition? Perth boat schools such as Sea Safe Boat school require a self-medical declaration. If you have a medical condition such as epilepsy, heart disease, blood pressure, arthritis, or type 1 diabetes you will need to undergo a medical examination by an approved medical practitioner.

Whilst just a few of the most commonly asked questions, talking to your local Sea Safe Boat School will provide you with guided advice to helping you achieve your boat licence so you can hit the water boating in no time.

Boat Licence Assessment Documentation

As part of the assessment enrolment process for a boat licence, you must provide proof of identity and in some circumstances provide an Eyesite or Medical Examination. Below outlines these requirements to support you in the application process.

1. Proof of Identity

Proof of identity needs to be provided as part of the enrolment process for your boat licence. To satisfy this requirement you need to provide at least one of the following:

  • Australian Drivers Licence (Learners Permit included);
  • Australian Passport;
  • Proof of Age Card;
  • Police Warrant Card;
  • Australian Defence Force Identity Card; or
  • Marine Certificate of Competency – carrying a photo of the holder.

2. Eye Test

In order to hold a recreational skipper’s ticket, you must satisfy the minimum corrected vision of 6/12, in at least one of your eyes. If you hold an Australian Driver’s licence you won’t need to provide a separate eye test. However, if you don’t have an Australian Drivers Licence you will need to complete an approved eye test. Please note that all eye tests must be completed using the correct Department of Transport form. You can download the Eyesight Test/Medical Declaration Form and have it completed by a medical professional.

3. Medical Declaration

The medical declaration is a self-declaration completed by yourself. However, if you have any medical conditions that could impact your ability to safely operate a skipper or boat you will be required to have a medical examination by an authorised practitioner. Medical conditions may, but are not limited to epilepsy, heart disease blood pressure (low/high), arthritis, and type 1 diabetes. Talk to your Perth boat school if you need any support with satisfying this requirement.  

Engage An Expert Boat School

Are you looking to operate your own boat and get out on the water for some boating fun? Engage an authorised Perth boat school to get your boat licence. Sea Safe Boat School is a leading authorised and accredited provider, providing a genuine recreational skipper’s ticket on completion of the assessment.

Learn to operate a boat or skipper safely with their team of experts offering a guided learning approach to support you in passing all core competencies with ease!

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