Starts 2nd March, 4th May or 6th July
What can you do with a Coxswains?
  • operate a vessel less than 12 metres 
  • with unlimited outboard engines
  • or inboard engines less than 500 kilowatts
  • in inshore waters
  • or on a tender within 3 nm of a mothership within the EEZ (200nm)
You need to
  • be at least 16 on the certificate issue date
  • Self declare medical fitness
  • Get an eyesight test
  • Have 30 days seatime with a taskbook or 240 without
  • Have Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Have a current First Aid certificate
  • Complete a short range radio course
  • Take part in an AMPA assessment

2020 Task books by AMSA are $30 and allow a significant reduction in time but require dedication and planning to complete. They are used to record your onboard completion of jobs to the correct standard. Check out Taskbook guide

You can complete the course before completing your taskbook

Your short on free time, so our course is compact with busy days = less time away from work. 

Shipboard Safety, First Aid and Radio (Short range)  are separate as many students have these, They are extra cost. We offer them, so check out the other course pages. Shipboard Safety is required for the course.  

We do a language, literacy and numeracy (and experience) assessment at enrollment. Its a Government requirement to check if you need assistance. We have access to the ‘See programme” to assist if needed. Theres also the reading, writing hotline 1300655506. From this we develop a training plan

If not doing a task book a full sea time assessment is completed on enrollment to assess current experience and abilities.

Check your medical condition as a self declaration medical statement and eyesight examination (Optometrist) are required (The eyesight test can be bulk billed)

Equipment is required including dividers, parallel ruler and drawing compass.  taskbooks

Held at 14/121 Shute Harbour Rd Cannonvale QLD or 7/10 Rees Street, o’Connor

  • Other places do correspondence but there’s a low completion rate.  Face to Face like we offer works best. 
  • There’s an assignment or exam for each subject. Look at the list of subjects as each student is required to keep track of their own studies and progress.
  • A lot of research and study is required from each student before attending the block course as this is a time to consolidate knowledge already being gained and work as a team to close any gaps in skills and knowledge.
  • The course is very practical with on water navigation exercises and attendance at a slipway and engineering workshop
  •  If you are deemed not meeting the assessment criteria you will need to obtain either more practical experience or theory knowledge which could take extra time. There is no guarantee of being deemed competent or receiving a certificate after the courseabm

There’s 7+ assignments and 3 exams and we give you a student planner to track what you need to know and where your up to.

Then there is an AMPA practical assessment at an additional cost or $449

Coxswain course info sheet  and  Coxswain AMSA info



  1. Check sea time and licence requirements in the guidance notes
  2. Have a phone interview. Complete an experience assessment and language literacy assessment.
  3. Get a taskbook from us if necessary.
  4. Enroll and pay the deposit or work out a payment plan
  5. Get the study guide.
  6. Maybe review the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy (pictured) abm
  7. Attend a full time face to face block course
  8. Ensure you have marine radio (short range for coxswain, First Aid and Shipboard Safety (additional charge)
  9. Complete an assignment or Assessment for each unit
  10. Complete the on water practical assessment and AMPA assessment (seperate cost)
  11. complete the medical declaration and get the eye-sight-certificate 
  12. Submit an application to AMSA via Australia Post office and pay $151 fee.

Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 m
Comply with regulations 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 m
Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
Operate inboard and outboard motors
Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems

Record of Sea Service

Qualifying Sea Service