MAST Motor Boat Licence Course

In Tasmania, you are required to have a motorboat licence to operate a boat with a 4hp engine or higher. The Derwent Sailing Squadron (DSS) runs regular full and provisional MAST Motorboat licence courses.

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

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The Course

This 4-hour course teaches safe boating procedures by combining practical exercises with theory instruction.  Students receive training out on the water, and a maximum theory class size of 5 students, to create the best possible learning environment.

  • Current cost is $140 per person. 
  • From 1 July 2024 the cost will increase to $150 per person


The MAST Motor Boat Provisional licence for children 12 to 17 years is a great way to get children engaged with responsible boating. The syllabus and exam are identical to the full licence course, therefore children are welcome on any of our scheduled sessions.  However, 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 4-5 students. Contact the DSS to discuss your child's requirements and how to register for a provisional licence.

  • Current cost is $110.00 for a provisional licence.
  • From 1 July 2024 the cost will increase to $120 for a provisional licence

This course assumes you've 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.

On successful completion of the course SailTrain will notify MAST and a confirmation email will be sent to students. Students will then go to Service Tasmania to provide their evidence of identity and pay the current licence issue fee. The licence fee is a variable fee based on the number of days to the common licence expiry date for all licences (currently 30 June 2023). There is a calculator available via MAST to estimate the fee payment HERE.


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


The Instructor will provide all learning support material and resources as required. You will need to bring a pen and notebook, warm clothing, spray jacket, non-marking shoes, hat, sun block, drinks, and a snack. Please bring your own lifejacket if you have one. If you don't, disinfected lifejackets are available for use.

Information from the MAST website

  • The motorboat 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 motorboat licence is for recreational boating only. You will need a Certificate of Competency to operate a vessel commercially.

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


Click HERE for full list of course dates and enrolment.

If you are interested in a course and no suitable dates are listed, why not tell us what you are interested in by completing the SailTrain Expression of Interest form. We will contact you to discuss your requirements further.



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