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 to qualify 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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority under the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.
Freycinet VMR operates under a WorkSafe Tasmania Small Business COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Trainees will need to comply with whatever restrictions or precautions are in place at the time of training.
Courses are now limited to just THREE trainees.
Prior booking and pre-payment is essential to secure your place on a course.
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 commence after all on-water training is completed. This will usually take around five 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.
Proof of Identity
All students will need to show evidence of their identity prior to undertaking the exam. A driver licence is preferred or a student card for Provisional Licence candicates.
After successfully completing your practical assessment and passing the examination you will need to attend a Service Tasmania Office to complete your identity check and pay your licence fee.
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.
Adult Licence Course: $120. This covers the theory, exam and on-water practical training and assessment.
Provisional Licence Course: $80 (available to twelve to sixteen years olds)
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.
Please contact us to register your interest in a future course and note that your place on a course is not secure until we have received your course fee(s).
To register your interest please call or send your contact details, including a contact number and the best time to call you
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
Notice of withdrawal less than seven days before commencement time of a course: 50% of course fees paid
Alternatively, your full course fee(s) can be transferred to a subsequent course.
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 four.
Call or email if you need more information.