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MAR 20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

Delivery Structure

Students must be at least 16 years of age to be able to participate in this course.

This Coxswain course is delivered in a blended format i.e partly completed at home in your own time using an online training package and partly completed on our training vessels.

Once you have completed the online enrolment and paid the prescribed fee you will be able to register with a username and password that will provide the gateway to your  online learning resources. These resources are available to you even after course completion for an unlimited time for your future reference.

The online training package has assignments and assessments where resources are provided. There may be some extra research required by you for which you can conduct using the Australian Boating Manual which is also provided to you free of charge upon enrolment.

Each unit also has a practical component, these components are conducted as part of the AMPA (AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment) requirements which will be covered through out the course.

Students will receive:

A dedicated trainer
All the learning resources necessary to complete the course
Sea Survival Practical 
First Aid 
Firefighting Practical 
Copy of the Australian Boating Manual 5th Edition 2015
Marine Radio
AMPA Finalisation

The total amount of practical days will be 4 plus 1 day AMPA application and finalisation and will be scheduled accordingly.

Coxswain Course Cost




AMPA Application Fee


First Aid HLTAID003


Marine Radi0 VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)


Course Booking 

Please enquire by emailing at:


OR calling 02 97363655

Payment Options

Payments accepted are: credit card VISA or Mastercard,  cash or by electronic funds transfer to:

Maritime Training School

BSB: 012 445

Acc: 305110809

Ref: Invoice number and your name

Payment plans are available via Studypay. Please ask one of friendly staff if you would like this option.

Duties authorised by certificate the holder of this certificate can:

 (a) Command and operate a vessel <12 m long in inshore waters, carrying passengers and with propulsion power;

  • for an inboard engine – < 500 kW; or
  • for an outboard engine – unlimited; and

(b) Under the same propulsion power limits, command and operate vessel <12m long:

  • as a tender or auxiliary vessel – within 3 nm of

a parent vessel in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ);

  • within waters designated for a specific purpose by a state or territory authority which permits holders of this certificate to operate (subject to any conditions that it may impose).

Sea Service – Coxswain Grade 1 (NC)

 While working in a deck or deck and engineering capacity The applicant must have at least:

  • 30 days’ qualifying sea service on commercial vessels ≥5 m long, and a completed approved task book; or
  • 240 days’ qualifying sea service on vessels ≥5 m long which all may be accrued on recreational vessels, without a task book.

The following form of sea service will be recognised as equivalent to the above sea service requirements if all other prerequisites for a Coxswain Grade 1 NC certificate of competency are met: • sea service on a commercial vessel ≥4.5m long while operating beyond sheltered waters within 5nm from the point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease.


Possible Restrictions – Coxswain Grade 1(NC)

A certificate will be restricted to inboard propulsion power <100 kW (or unlimited outboard power) if the person:

  • completes only the entry level motor engineering unit of the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Ltd – Maritime Training Package.

Restricted to daylight hours

A certificate will be restricted to daylight hours:

  • if the person is colour vision deficient.

Restricted to sheltered waters

If at least half of sea service required is not seaward of sheltered waters. A certificate will be restricted to:

  • command and operate the engines of a vessel only in sheltered waters or within 5 nm from point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease.

Endorsement – Coxswain Grade 1 NC Near Coastal Certificates of Competency issued prior to 1 July 2013 The holder of an existing certificate of competency issued by a state or territory marine safety agency prior to 1 July 2013 may apply to the National Regulator for the following endorsements provided the conditions are met. A current Coxswain Grade 1 NC (or equivalent existing state or territory certificate) can be endorsed to command a vessel on restricted offshore operations if the holder satisfies the following conditions:

  • The old certificate must have had the same endorsement.

Qualifying Sea Service and Task Books Sea Service will be assessed using the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D, Crew Competencies. Please note that the applicant must accrue at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the 5 years before the application. For further information on this document and access to additional information on qualifying sea service and task books please refer to the AMSA website www.amsa.gov.au


Final assessment

Students are required to undertake a final assessment conducted by Maritime Training Schools AMPA approved assessor before being issued an interim certificate of competency which will allow them to operate immediately. The students application for a certificate of competency (AMSA form 426) upon course and AMPA completion will then be forwarded to AMSA for final approval. Upon AMSA approval, the student will be provided with the official certificate of competency. The criteria and competencies covered in a final assessment are included in the relevant tables of the ‘Skills and Knowledge required for NSCV Certificates of Competency Part D Crew Competencies’ document, which can be found on the AMSA website.

Eligibility Criteria – Coxswain Grade 1 NC

Be at least 16 years when the certificate is issued;

Provide evidence of sea service accrual in the form of: An application for a Qualifying Sea Service Assessment (AMSA form 771); or any of the following

  • A declaration in a form acceptable to the National Regulator;
  • An approved sea service log book or task book;
  • A Statutory Declaration or a letter, from the operator, owner, master or chief engineer of a vessel detailing the applicant’s sea service

Self-Declaration of Medical Fitness; (AMSA form 559);

Eyesight Test Certificate Application (AMSA form 542);

Certificate 2 – Coxswain Grade 1 issued by an AMSA approved training organisation;

HLTAID003 unit of competency Provide first aid or another certificate that the National Regulator considers equivalent;

Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP) issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, or higher qualification, or an equivalent qualification approved by the National Regulator;

Pay fee/s.

You also will be asked to provide an application for a certificate of competency, proof of identity and two passport-style photographs taken in the previous six months.

Units in the Coxswain 1 Course


Provide first aid


Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems


Operate inboard and outboard motors


Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems


Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment


Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft


Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres


Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres


Follow environmental work practices


Handle a vessel up to 12 metres


Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres


Silver Spirit Cruises Pty Ltd T/As Maritime Training School

Registered Training Organisation 91487

d’Albora Marina, 138 Cabarita Rd, Cabarita NSW 2137

Ph. 02 9736 3655   Fax. 02 9736 3433

Mob. 0422 065 619