You need a recreational skipper’s ticket if you are:
- over 14
- operating a boat with a motor more than six horsepower.
The recreational skipper’s ticket is a nationally recognised certificate that shows you have the minimum knowledge and practical skills needed to safely operate a powerboat.
To gain your ticket, you need:
If you do not have a driver’s licence, you need to provide:
You can either complete a paid training course with an authorised provider or study with a workbook and quizzes and learn to drive a boat with a supervising skipper. This person must be at least 18 and hold a recreational skipper’s ticket.
The assessment involves a multiple choice theoretical section and a practical section where you take a short boating trip.
Recreational skipper’s tickets are not needed if the boat:
- does not have a motor
- is docked
- on land
- has a motor under six horsepower.
You can also find out if your commercial, interstate or overseas qualification is recognised as a recreational skipper’s ticket.