23 Marieville Esp, Sandy Bay TAS 7005  03 6223 1977

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 at their Sandy Bay, Hobart headquarters.

The 4-hour course teaches safe boating procedures by combining practical exercises with theory instruction.  Successful candidates will be issued a MAST Recreational Motor Boat Licence within 2 weeks of completion by Marine and Safety Tasmania.

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

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 is 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 3 -5 students.

The cost is $150 per person for a full licence course and $95* per person for a provisional licence. DSS members receive a discount.


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.


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 warm clothing, spray jacket, non-marking shoes, hat, sun block, drinks, and a snack. Lifejackets are provided.

You will also need to provide 3 forms of identification on the day of the course which will be photo copied and send to MAST with your completed exam.  Provisional candidates also need to meet this requirement.  The below table shows what forms of identification are acceptable

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.

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


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