Our courses seek to extend traditional wooden boatbuilding knowledge and skills.  They are designed for those seeking either recreational experience in relation to wooden boat building or for those wishing to enter the boat building industry. The courses relate to skill development applicable to boatbuilding and/or boat ownership, or are maritime in nature.  Whatever your choice, course content relates strongly to the wooden boat culture.

You can enrol in a single Wooden Boat Centre short course, a series of short courses or enrol in our two year craft career course.   In this way you can choose just one aspect of wooden boatbuilding/maritime skills, gain a range of industry skills or build up the skills, confidence and portfolio to enter the industry independently. Participation in any of our courses will extend your woodworking skills, assist to keep traditional skills and knowledge alive and give you an experience in a working wooden boat building shed.

You can also choose to sponsor the build of vessels to be able to take the boat home with you on course completion.  Sponsors pay for the cost of the materials + the tuition fee and on completion own the boat.

For a full list of upcoming courses visit here


Student numbers in each course are limited to ensure that everyone receives sufficient personal instruction. It is an advantage (though not a pre-requisite) that potential students have some tool use skills.  

If a course does not receive enough applications one month prior to commencement, we reserve the right to cancel it and will notify all applicants immediately and refund their deposit and any other payment(s) they may have made for the course. 

For further information about any aspect of our courses please call the centre on +61 3 6266 3586 or email

Some of the courses have a materials levy attached when you will be making an item to take home. Course information will include details as required.  The enrolment application is available for download here. You should complete all details of the enrolment application form and return it with your course deposit to: 

Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania
3333 Huon Highway
Franklin TASMANIA 7113

Enrolment can be made by mail to the address above, email to or in person at the Centre. 

Payments are preferred by direct deposit - see enrolment form for bank details. 

Most courses are run on weekdays, 8am to 4.30pm five days per week. We break for 30min for lunch and 15mins for morning and afternoon tea. Your instructor will induct you to the boatshed workshop and to the tools and equipment required for used during your course.

If you are interested to sponsor the build of a vessel as part of our training program please discuss this with one of our staff to ensure availability.