The MAST Recreational Motor Boat Licence Course is a boating safety initiative of Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST)
Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association is accredited by Marine and Safety Tasmania to deliver BoatSafe training courses for the issue of Tasmanian recreational motor boat licences. (MAST Training Licence: MSTTV028) Our Training Vessel complies with the Safety Management System requiremements specified by the Autralian Maritime Safety Authority under the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.
See the MAST Website for details of CONDITIONAL LICENCES
FOR THEORY AND EXAM ONLY LEADING TO A MAST CONDITIONAL LICENCE
Adult (17 years and over): $125 including MAST fees
12-16 Years old: $60 including MAST fees
SUBSEQUENT PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
$35: Payable at the time the practical assessment is booked
Social Distancing and best practice hygiene rules apply,
COURSES ARE LIMITED TO JUST THREE TRAINEES.
Training will be held at our boatshed (76A Maria Street, Swansea)
Training will commence at 8:30AM and conclude around 1:30PM
Prior bookings and pre-payment is essential
YOUR PLACE ON A COURSE IS NOT SECURED UNTIL WE RECEIVE YOU PAYMENT
Places will be allocated on a first come - first served basis.
Training consists of both practical and theory sessions - usually conducted back to back. Under the supervision of one of our Instructors, trainees will take control of our 4.5m Polycraft centre console to practice and demonstrate basic boating skills.
Please note that if more than three trainees are enrolled in any course they will be divided into two groups for the practical session. The first group will have a break of 1 to 2 hours between the end of their on-water session and commencement of the theory session - while the second group goes on the water. The theory session and exam will take around three hours.
We understand that it may be many, many, years since some of our boat licence trainees have sat an exam. Don't let this put you off.
The exam is a thirty question, multiple choice exam based on the MAST Safe Boating Handbook, with no time limit.
While its a closed book exam, we go through the theory beforehand and give you tips on how to remember some of the finer points.
After successfully completing your practical training and assessment, passing a multiple choice examination and providing acceptable identification your documents will be forwarded to MAST for your boat licence to be issued. Average processing time is around two weeks.
Boat licence training is subject to suitable weather conditions. Where possible, practical training is conducted from Jubilee Beach Boat Ramp, Jetty Road, Swansea.
If conditions on Great Oyster Bay are unsuitable, practical training may be conducted on the upper reaches of the Swan River or deferred to a later date.
The theory session and exam will be conducted at out boatshed and training room, at 76A Maria Street, Swansea, co-sited with the Swansea Emergency Services.
Our fees are competitive and all-inclusive. There are no hidden extras. The adult course fee is $160. This fee covers the cost of the course, the MAST exam fee and your MAST motor boat licence, valid until 30 June 2021. Boat Licences in Tasmania are issued for up to three years. All licences will be due for renewal on 1 July 2021.
The course fee for a provisional licence (available to twelve to sixteen years olds) is $80 which includes a Provisional Motor Boat Licence valid until trainees become eligible for a full licence at age 17.
Proceeds support volunteer marine rescue services in the Glamorgan Spring Bay Municipality.
Our volunteer instructors and crew freely donate their time for your boat licence course.
Courses are scheduled for Sunday 26th July 2020 and Saturday 1st August
Please contact us to register your interest in a future course.
Please note that your place on a training course is not secured
until we have received your course fees.
To register your interest please call or send your contact details to
1. call 0400 32 99 73 or
2. Email to
Notice of withdrawal seven days or more before commencement time of a course: 90% of course fees paid, and full refund of MAST fees.
Notice of withdrawal less than seven days before commencement time of a course: Refund of MAST fees only.
Our preferred minimum is at least two trainees to make a course viable and to allow for trainees to demonstrate teamwork on the training vessel.
We reserve the right to limit the actual number depending on the previous experience of trainees.
To ensure personal attention and allow every student enough time to practice and demonstrate
the necessary skills the maximum number of trainees for any course will be limited to six.
Call or email if you need more information.