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Trainer Profile - Dave Mayhew

Dave Mayhew is a Ship’s Captain and trainer. He has been training at STT for 15 years and teaches Marine qualifications including; Coxswains, Master <24m, Master <35m, Navigation, Stability, Ship Construction, Marine Radio, and all topics associated therewith!

 How did you first get into training?

It’s Hobart! It’s always who you know. I was working on a boat one day and bumped into James (Garde, RTO Manager), who said he needed some extra trainers and said I’d be great. I’ve been doing it ever since!

Why are you still training?

Well I still work in the maritime industry - I only came off a boat this morning – but I think that there are certain things that you do that come fairly naturally – this was one of them. I come from a family of teachers, I think that I’m good at training and I enjoy it.

Why do you enjoy teaching maritime skills?

I like working with fisherman, they’re very down to earth people, they always pull me up if I’m a bit full of it, and you don’t have to be too politically correct!

What’s your favourite course to teach?

My favourite course to teach is navigation and watch keeping. It’s all about the rule of the road.I also like to do a lot of one-on-one assistance and extra help as needed. Usually I’m helping with literacy and language, and also sometimes English as second language. It’s great to be able to help people who are having a bit of a hard time to get the qualification they’re after.

What do you like and training for STT

 I like that STT is a small, cohesive team that is really supportive and family-oriented.  They are supportive to me as a trainer, and they are supportive to individuals who are having challenges, they really want everyone to be able to reach their desired outcomes.

Dave Mayhew in one of the STT training rooms at the Hobart Training Centre in Salamanca


Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Our staff had a great time manning the TSIC tent at the 2017 AWBF.

The atmosphere was great and the cooperation from industry obvious to all. We chatted to a diverse range of visitors about the wide range of training that STT offers, and the great story the Tasmanian seafood industry has to tell.

As part of our promotion of WH&S at sea we facilitated a session demonstrating the correct use of a life raft, EPIRB and other safety gear with the donation of a PFD as a prize. This top of the line Roaring Forties PFD was won by Kelvin Aldred who will certainly put it to good use.

Our Roaring Forties training life rafts withstand the harsh treatment our students give them and are a good advert for a quality raft! Our thanks go to Safety Marine Australia for their generous donation!

Prize winner Kelvin Aldred wearing his new PFD




Seafood Training Tasmania recently completed its Annual General Meeting and review of 2016.

We have enjoyed another successful year with strong trainee and short course enrolments, running over 130 courses for 1460 clients statewide!

From schools, we had 75 Aquaculture Trade Training Centre and 23 grade 11/12 maritime-based enrolments. We also offered 12 full qualifications and 25 short courses.

While most of our training was conducted in Tasmania, we also worked in Vic, NSW, NT and WA.

Financially, we had a modest surplus that enabled us to subsidise clients and sectors where the need was the highest. We launched another WHS DVD and sponsored seafood campaigns where possible.

Our Board members are Sam Ibbott (Marine Solutions), Ian Wake eld (AWU), Peter Stegmann (SFAT), Michael Roche (Navigators), Jarrod Weaving (AMC), Ben Cameron (Camerons of Tasmania), Kevin Midson (AWU), Ian Miles (Tassal), John Purser (UTAS/IMAS), Lorraine Sayers and our newest member, Tony Baker (Huon Aqua). Our Committee members Jillian Freeman (TAC), Toby Greenlees (MAST) and Des Whayman add to the advice. Our thanks go to Adam Main and Steve Withers who recently resigned to pursue other interests. 


On-site Training

Seafood Training Tasmania not only runs in-house classroom type training but also offers a range of onsite delivery.

From Dover to Smithon, our trainers will travel! We run courses in Tasmania’s more remote areas every year, and we will also run a course customised for your enterprise at your workplace just for your staff.


Circular Head Christian School Certificate 2 students performing a trout dissection at their Aquaculture facility.