The RST is a certificate of competency, not a licence. It is purely about demonstrating the minimum knowledge and practical skills needed to operate a boat safely on the water. It is based on a set of marine safety competencies that have been agreed nationally. The assessment of these competencies will be in two sections: theory and practical. Depending on your prior qualification you may be exempt from the assessment.
It is important to remember that only one person on board will need to hold the RST. In the same way that a captain is in charge of a ship, this doesn’t mean that they must be at the wheel the whole time. It does mean they are responsible for what happens on the boat during the voyage.
As of 1 April 2008, every skipper of a registrable, recreational vessel, powered by a motor greater than 4.5kwp (6 hp) (RST vessel) will be required to hold a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket. Further conditions are specified in the table below:
|To operate a vessel with a motor 4.5 kwp (6 hp) or less, a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket is not required.|
|Under 10||May not operate any vessel|
|Over 10||May operate a powered recreational vessel if the motor is 4.5 kwp (6 hp) or less.|
|To operate an RST vessel a Recreational Skipper’s Ticket is required.|
|Under 16||May only operate a vessel during daylight hours and at a speed less than 8 knots.*|
|Over 25||Must obtain an RST by 1 April 2008.|
|NOTE: *||A person aged between 14 and 16 cannot be in charge of an RST vessel unless they hold an RST.|
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Everything that you can be assessed on, theory and practical, is contained in the RST Workbook. You can pick up one of these FREE workbooks from any Department office, your authorised assessor and many other boating and fishing outlets.
The chapters of the workbook assemble chunks of information into logical groups – buoyage, rules of the road and so on – and at the end of each chapter there is a sample set of questions. These questions are of the same standard as those in the theory assessment so, if you read the book and can answer all the questions in it, you should be well on your way to passing the assessment.
All the practical skills you can be asked to demonstrate are also in the workbook, with drawings and pace notes on how to carry them out. The practical assessment will be relevant to the type of boat and the location. The name says it all: it is a practical assessment, so you are demonstrating the skills, and your knowledge in practice, that should be applied to any trip – plus showing that you can cope with unexpected events.
The authorised RST service provider we use is Murray House Resource Centre