A motor boat licence is required to operate a vessel 4hp or more (except for a hire and drive vessel).
As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, MAST has introduced a revised process for recreational boaters to complete the theory and practical training to achieve a Tasmanian Motor Boat Licence.
To obtain a Recreational Motor Boat Licence:
- Complete the theory section of the BoatSafe Licence Course
- On passing this exam, a Conditional Licence will be issued
- Restrictions on the Conditional Licence include:
- Six month expiry date;
- Vessel operation in daylight hours;
- Restricted to a maximum speed of 20 knots;
- Operation restricted to Smooth and Sheltered waters;
- Cannot tow a skier or aquaplaner.
- You must successfully complete the practical component of the BoatSafe Licence Course within a six months of the conditional licence being issued
- Once the practical has been completed the licence will be converted to a full Motor Boat Licence with an expiry date that coincides with the current licence triennium
- If the practical component is not completed within the six months, your Conditional Licence will lapse and you will need to undertake another course
For further details, contact an Accredited Provider in your area (see below).
These interim processes will only apply while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
- Motor Boat Licences can only be obtained by completing a BoatSafe Practical Course. A list of approved Accredited Providers is shown below.
- Fees apply
- 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 email@example.com
- 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.
- You can check the validity of your licence under Online Services
- Please note that licences are valid for three years. All licences have a common expiry date of 30 June 2021. If you hold a current licence, a renewal will be forwarded to you prior to June 2021.
- It is recommended you obtain and study the MAST Safe Boating Handbook prior to undertaking the licence test. The handbook is available to download from this website. Alternatively, you can obtain a copy from your local Service Tasmania shop or from the MAST Office. Cost is $5.00
- An online practice test is available on the MAST website. The test comprises 25 randomly selected questions from a pool of 190 questions. This test is an opportunity for those about to undertake their Licence training to check their knowledge of the boating rules, safety equipment requirements and fundamental collision avoidance rules.
All answers are available in the MAST Safe Boating Handbook
Given the current circumstances around COVID-19, some providers are not now offering courses. See updated information below. This information may change so you should check with the Accredited Provider in your area.
If you need any further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania||Re-starting early June|
|Tamar Yacht Club||Re-opening early June|
|Boat Licences Tasmania||Courses re-starting Monday, 18 May|
|Wynyard Yacht Club||Taking bookings for early July|
|Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue||Taking bookings for early July|
|King Island Boat Club||Not operating until further notice|
|Lindisfarne Bay Boat Yard||Will conduct individual courses using client's boat|
|Flinders Island Drive||Will conduct individual courses if required|
|Derwent Sailing Squadron||Taking online bookings for courses starting first week of June|
|Boatbiz||Courses re-starting early June|
|Dave's Boat Licences||Courses re-starting from Monday, 18 May|
|Surf Life Saving Tasmania||Courses advertised for early June.|
|Tamar Sea Rescue||Courses re-starting early June|
|Boat Train||Courses re-starting from Monday, 18 May|
|Address||Phone / ||Area Covered|
|Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania||Michael Vincent||MSTTV032||http://www.ryct.org.au/||(03) 6223 4599|
|Tamar Yacht Club||MSTTV020||7 Park Street|
Launceston TAS 7250
|(03) 6331 8013 |
|Boat Licences Tasmania||Colin Stokes||MSTTV019||0499 310 857||North West Tasmania|
|Wynyard Yacht Club Inc||Chris Symonds||MSTTV041||2A Old Bass Highway|
Wynyard TAS 7325
|0459 108 066|
|North West Coast|
|Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue||Col Barney||MSTTV028||www.freycinetvmr.com||0400 329 973||East Coast|
|King Island Boat Club||Matthew Archer||MSTTV024||0499 806 243||King Island|
|Lindisfarne Bay Boat Yard||Malcolm McDougall||MSTTV025email@example.com|
|0408 123 805||Southern Tasmania|
|Flinders Island Dive||Mike Nichols||MSTTV023firstname.lastname@example.org|
|0428 598 529||Flinders Island|
|Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST also conduct Personal Water Craft tuition)||MSTTVV01||www.slst.asn.au/||(03) 6216 7800||Statewide|
|Bay of Fires Dive||Peter Paulsen||MSTTV033||0419 372 342||St Helens|
|Derwent Sailing Squadron||Abbalena Whalan||MSTTV011||http://dssinc.org.au/|
|(03) 6223 1977||Hobart|
|Boatbiz||Fred van Tuil||MSTTV014||www.boatbiz-tas.com.au||0419 144 722|
|Hobart / Southern Tasmania|
|Tamar Sea Rescue Services (Tamar)||Mark Turmine||MSTTV017email@example.com||(03) 63834701||Beauty Point|
|Dave's Boat Licences||Dave Arnott||MSTTV015||368 Arthur Highway|
|0419 525 193||South East Tasmania|
|Boat Train||Andrew |
|MSTTV018firstname.lastname@example.org||0427 242 129||Northern Suburbs of Hobart|
A Provisional Licence is available for children aged between 12 and 17 years of age.
The Provisional Licence is gained the same way as a full licence.
The following restrictions apply to provisional licence holders:
- must be accompanied by a responsible adult
- must not take charge of a motor boat at night
- must not at any time exceed a speed of 20 knots
- must not tow a skier
Hire and drive vessels that do not exceed 8 knots can be operated without a boat licence provided adequate training to operate the boat safely is received.
All hire and drive vessels should carry a hire and drive certificate.
MAST will recognise the following to operate and issue a motor boat licence:
- A current licence issued in another state. (This must be transferred to a Tasmanian Motor Boat Licence if a resident of Tasmania)
- A valid and applicable Certificate of Competency
- Other qualifications may be assessed on a case by case basis.