23 Marieville Esp, Sandy Bay TAS 7005  03 6223 1977

MAST Motor Boat Licence Course

In Tasmanian, a motor boat licence is required to operate a vessel 4hp or more. You can obtain this by completing at MAST Motor Boat (BoatSafe Practical) Course at the Squadron. This course will teach safe boating procedures, combining practical exercises with theory instruction with successful candidates issued a MAST Recreational Motor Boat Licence.

Now is the time to get qualified and get boating!

This 4 hour session is delivered by SailTrain instructors accredited (MSTTV011) with Marine and Safety Tasmania.

* Squadron members receive a discount.
* Provisional licence available for 12 to 17 year olds

The MAST Motor Boat Provisional licence is a great way to get kids engaged with responsible boating. The syllabus and exam is identical to the full licence course and kids are welcome on any of our scheduled sessions, but we are also happy to arrange special Provisional Licence sessions for school and youth groups. Courses can also be run on demand for groups of 3 -5 students.


This course assumes you have obtained and studied the MAST Safe Boating Handbook prior to undertaking the licence test. The handbook is available to download HERE.


This course will cover launching, trip planning, safe loading and buoyancy, use of flares and distress signals, meteorology, rules of the road, special rules, safe navigation, vessel preparation and maintenance, damage control, Man Overboard and recovery, operational areas, safety equipment, marine radios, anchoring, responsibility and restrictions of provisional motorboat licence.


To gain the MAST Motor Boat Licence requires attending a 4 hour course which includes a practical session in a motor boat, a theory session and exam.


The Instructor will provide all learning support material and resources as required. You will need to bring warm clothing, spray jacket, non-marking shoes, hat, sun block, drinks and a snack. Lifejackets are provided.

Information from the MAST website

  • The motor boat licence is valid for a three year period (pro rata). Licences all have a common expiry date.  It is not a requirement to carry your licence when on the water in Tasmania but MAST by-laws stipulate that, if requested, the licence must be produced within 14 days.
  • Plastic licence cards are no longer automatically issued.  A plastic card can be obtained by emailing admin@mast.tas.gov.au at a cost of $7.90.
  • MAST has been advised by a number of hire companies both overseas and in Australia that producing a plastic licence card is not necessary when hiring a vessel.
  • A motor boat licence is for recreational boating only. You will need a Certificate of Competency to operate a vessel commercially.

Find out more

For more information about this course please contact Jo at the DSS Office;
Phone 03 6223 1977 | email sailtrain@dssinc.org.au