celebrating 35 years as the Seafood and Maritime Industry’s preferred training provider

seafood & maritime training

about us

learn more about our award-winning, highly experienced training service

this is our story

We were first established in 1986 by the Tasmanian seafood industry as the ‘Fishing Industry Training Board of Tasmania’ and later became ‘Seafood Training Tasmania’ trading as ‘Seafood and Maritime Training’.

However, in 2018 we rebranded as SMT to better reflect a broader customer base and the scope of training operations.

we are a not-for-profit organisation

As a not-for-profit our primary objective is to continue to provide a dedicated education function to the seafood and maritime sector, and ensure our courses remain to a high-quality standard that is relevant and suited to changing industry needs.

Our board of directors includes representatives from across the Tasmanian seafood and maritime industries, providing a diversity of leadership and a direct connection to industry thinking and trends. 

And it is because of our close working relationship with this large variety of seafood and maritime industries that SMT has become Australia’s preferred industry training provider.

why select smt for your training?​

Seafood & Maritime Training (SMT) has been providing world-class education service to the Australian aquaculture and maritime sector for over 30 years.

Over this time, we have created a practical learning environment with a specific mix of hands-on learning and classroom education, that is delivered in small class sizes.

We pride ourselves on offering organisations and individual students, exceptional guidance throughout their complete training experience. This includes all of the documentation and follow-up necessary to ensure that qualifications remain current and in-keeping with changing legal requirements.

Our complete range of training and licensing are suitable for both organisations and individuals, and are delivered from our Hobart training centre and from a range of facilities all around the state of Tasmania.

what makes smt different?

We are a registered, non-profit training organisation who represents a variety of industry stakeholders which ensures our courses evolve and develop in response to industry needs and trends.

This also means that our profits are returned to the industry we serve and they remain in the state of Tasmania.

meet our team

We are a diverse team of industry veterans who are passionate about the development of Australia’s maritime and aquaculture sector.


James Garde


James first joined SMT as a casual trainer in 2002 and was later employed as the Training Manager in 2003. Prior to joining SMT, James worked in the Aquaculture Maritime sectors for 10 years.

This experience includes technical, operational and management roles undertaken in Tasmania, Interstate and Overseas. James current role at SMT is CEO who oversees the operational and compliance requirements of the RTO.


Sam Ibbott

Independent Chairman

A board member of SMT for over 8 years and previously a TSIC Board Member for two terms. Sam is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and recipient of the FRDC Emerging Leader’s Governance Scholarship. He holds a BSc Hons, Cert IV Trainer Assessor and is a GAICD.

Sam is married with two boisterous boys and spends a lot of his time instilling his love of the sea into his children by plotting maritime adventures.

meet our trainers

Meet the team of educators and industry specialists that deliver our award-winning education service.

Ellen Duke

Ellen is an oyster farmer ‘born & bred’ and joined the SMT team as a causal training in 2020.

Along with farming experience, Ellen also holds Certificate 3 and 4 in Aquaculture, Diploma of Management and a Master of Business Administration.

Jade Garland

Jade has been training at STT for 10 years and has grown up in Tasmania in a Maritime family.

Jade spent 7 years working as a Bridge Watch Keeper for the Royal Australian Navy and is currently working in various areas of the Maritime Industry and as a Registered Nurse.

Dave Mayhew

Dave is a Ship’s Captain and has been a Trainer at SMT for 15 years.

His favourite courses to teach are Navigation and Watchkeeping as it is all about the rules of the road. Dave enjoys seeing clients develop their skills and knowledge.

Fred van Tuil

Fred has been working with SMT since around 2004 as a Maritime Trainer.

Fred has always loved sailing since he was a kid which led him into a career in the Fishing Industry. Fred also runs the business Boat Biz Tas offering training and recreational licences.

we are an award-winning team

We are very proud to have received a number of seafood and training awards over the years and we continue striving to provide the industry bests training and education services.

Winner 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 – Tasmanian Seafood Industry Development Awards

Winner 2011 – Australian Seafood Industry People Development Award

Winner 2011 – Tasmanian Training Award Industry Collaboration

Finalist 2011 – Australian Training Award Industry Collaboration

Winner 2014 – Australian Training Award -Small Training Provider of The Year

learn more about our award-winning training courses