The MAST Recreational Motor Boat Licence Course is a boating safety initiative of Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST)





The following applies to those who have contacted us to register their interest in training before 22 October 2021.



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 strictly first come - first served basis with additional applications placed on a waiting list.



Training consists of both practical and theory sessions - usually conducted back to back.

Under the supervision of our Instructor, trainees will take control of our 4.5m Polycraft centre console to practice and demonstrate basic boating skills.

We'll then head back to our boatshed/classroom to complete the theory and exam. All up you can expect the training to be completed in 5 to 6 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.


Weather... or not

Like all boating, delivery of on-water practical training depends on suitable weather.  If conditions are unsuitable to go on the water we will aim to deliver the theory training and exam on your training day and reschedule your practical training and assessment.

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 and tidal 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) 



100% of proceeds from Training support the operations of the Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association

FINAL Courses...
   Saturday 17 November - wait list only
   Saturday 27 November - wait list only
   Sunday 5 December - wait list only

Refund Policy


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.

Minimum/Maximum Numbers


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 or extend the actual number depending on the previous experience of trainees.


More Information​​

Call or email if you need more information.