Recreational Skippers Ticket Theory Exam

The Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) assessment is designed to test your skills and knowledge of boating safety. It is not so much a boating license (as compared to a driver’s license), but more a proof of competency and understanding of general maritime rules.

The assessment consists of 2 sections:

  • Theory.
  • Practical.

You MUST pass the skippers ticket theory exam BEFORE being tested on your practical skills.

The theoretical section of the Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST) assessment consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. 24 out of these 30 questions must be answered correctly in order to pass. As of December 2015, these rules will be changing. Check back for updated details.

The questions are designed to prove you have adequate understanding of the following boating concepts:

  • Recreational boating rules and regulations.
  • International marine collision rules.
  • Buoys and other navigation aids.
  • Use of navigation lights on boats.
  • Maintenance of a vessel’s structure, motor and equipment.
  • Required safety equipment.
  • Trip planning and responsibilities to passengers.
  • Distress signals and responding to emergencies.

How to study for your skippers ticket theory exam:

-Department of Transport RST WORKBOOK

Like all exams, prior study is STRONGLY recommended before attempting the exam. The Department of Transport produce an RST Workbook, which covers many aspects of both the theory and practical aspects of the RST assessment. It is essentially mandatory reading, providing clear and concise information, as well as practice questions for the student.

This workbook can be downloaded directly from the Department’s website by clicking on this link: RST Workbook PDF.


Perth Boat School has produced a FREE DVD outlining the practical and theory aspects of what is required during the Recreational Skippers Ticket assessment. These DVDs can usually be picked up for free at any BCF, Ranger Camping store, as well as from most boating dealerships within the Perth region.

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