The power-boating at South of Perth Yacht Club is designed to allow members a wide array of choices, enabling our community to get the best out of their on-water activities. Whether you are involved in competitions such as our Time-trialling, social aspects such as the Cruising community, or assist our sailing fleets on race days on our support vessels, there are certain qualifications required in order to ensure safety and competency for your chosen use.

At a minimum to operate or if in charge of a vessel on water you must have an RST (Residential Skippers Ticket).

SoPYC periodically offers courses to ensure you can operate and participate in all your Powerboating needs!

Follow the load outs below for more information and enroll in courses available.

The Recreational Skippers Ticket (RST) course consists of a 3 hour theory revision (personalised, interactive, hands on, working through the RST Workbook, charts, markers, toy boats, safety equipment etc) followed by the Theory Assessment of 40 multiple choice questions.

On successful completion of the Theory Assessment, on a day arranged, you will receive an hour of practical boat handling tuition (running through everything that is required for the Practical Assessment) using the Club’s safety boats, then finally followed by the Practical Assessment.

Current Courses: TBA

Course Material

Please follow the links to gain access to course material and helpful quizzes!


There are a few requirements in order to participate and in order for completion:

  • Participants under the age 18 must have a ‘consent form’ signed by a legal parent or guardian
  • Those without a valid Australian drivers license will need to complete an eye test and provide the accompanying form
  • You will need to provide a valid photo form ID to the instructor on the night of your course; either a Drivers License or Australian Passport


All inclusive cost of $345

Course Overview
This one-day course is designed to improve your boat handling skills, especially in confined areas such as marinas and in swell and waves. You will learn more about engines and types of crafts and practise navigation techniques on a passage. In some instances, you can take your completion certificate to your State Maritime Regulator and gain the State Boat License.

Course Prerequisites

Water confident. The skills and knowledge gained in Start Powerboating or equivalent power boating experience.

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for participants who wish to further develop their powerboat driving skills. This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a Dinghy and/or Windsurfing Instructor.

Course Outcome

You will gain your Powerboat Handling completion certificate.

Cost: TBA

This course provides the skills needed to support water-based activities at clubs, schools and outdoor recreation centres. You’ll learn about race course
design, practise on-water rescue of dinghies and gain an awareness of techniques to support kite surfers and kayaks.

This course is designed for participants who wish to support their Sailing Club as a support boat for either racing or learn to sail courses.
This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a Sailing Coach.

You will need to read the workbook prior to the training day.  The workbook can be collected from the On Water Group Office.

Cost: TBA

Next Course: TBA

If your desired course is not available please fill out our expression of interest form via the button below and we will keep you apprised when one becomes available!

Who needs an RST?

Follow the link provided for information on what an RST is, and who has to have one.