About Us

Seafood & Maritime Training

We were established in 1986 by the Tasmanian seafood industry as the Fishing Industry Training Board of Tasmania. We later became Seafood Training Tasmania trading as Seafood and Maritime Training. In 2018 we rebranded as SMT to better reflect our customer base and scope of operation.

We hope that you like the changes as much as we do!

SMT is a not-for-profit registered training organisation managed by a board whose members represent the sectors of the Tasmanian seafood and maritime industries.

Most of SMT’s training is conducted at our Hobart Training Centre at Salamanca, however courses are also offered each year in St Helens, Smithton and Strahan. Training is also conducted in other regions where there is a clear industry demand.

Seafood & Maritime Training is a one-stop shop for all your maritime needs.

We know that it can be confusing juggling all of the paperwork and complicated licensing requirements, which is why we do it all for you.

Our standard service includes providing clients with all the paperwork that is required by AMSA for the application of a licence. This includes application form, sea service, medical declaration, sea time and proof of identity. SMT will provide guidance on which forms are required depending on the licence that is being applied for and all invoicing and fees can be paid straight to SMT. Once all the requirements of the Licence have application have been met, SMT will forward all your paperwork to AMSA on your behalf.

Meet the Team

05 James Garde

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.

08 Matthew Jones

Matt Jones

Learning and Development Specialist

Matt has worked at SMT for 10 years. Matt completed a PhD in Aquaculture in Launceston and has worked in the salmon industry for 2 years before making the jump across to training.

Matt’s primary role at SMT is working with traineeships, as well as a fair bit of short course training for the aquaculture sector and assessment development for the Trade Training Centres.

11 Sam Ibbott

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 facilitating maritime adventures.

32 Dave Mayhew

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.


We are proud to have been the recipient of a number of seafood and training awards including:

  •  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
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