Coxswain Grade 3

This course is three (3) units of the 12 units that are in the Grade 1 (there are 8 units in the Coxswain Grade 2).

MARN008 – Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
MARK007 – Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARI003 – Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres

WHAT CAN I DO WITH Coxswain Grade 3?

  • Up to 100kw
  • Up to 500kw for towing people, in daylight hours only, in waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority
  • 250kw (335hp)
  • Must be less than 6 persons total on the vessel
  • In Marinas and mooring areas in sight of the marina.
  • Inland waters
  • Smooth waters
  • Waters within 1 nm of the shore
  • In an aquaculture lease and within 1nm outside it, plus in waters approved for daily transit to and from the lease
  • Any waters within 1nm of parent vessel in sight and communication with parent vessel
  • Yes Night is allowed if no passengers
  • Colour blindness will mean you are restricted to daylight hours only

    You can check colour vision here and also here

  • Check the latest on AMSA website


You study Theory by Correspondence kit (at home in your own time), then finalize the course with a 1 day Assessment and Practical, face to face with a trainer.

The final day is both Theory exams and doing the Practical (training and assessment).

TIME: Takes about a week of written, plus study time (at home in your own time), plus 1 day Exams and Practical Assessment.

There may be additional costs if you require anything extra (eg. RST). You can see the full breakdown of costs generate a quote from the booking system. 


Coxswain Grade 3 operators (choosing to work without a physical CoC (card/ticket) from AMSA) will require a valid medical certificate (AMSA Form 1850) whether in any new application or while operating and wishing to comply without a physical card/ticket.

Coxswain Grade 3 operators (choosing to work with a physical CoC (card/ticket) from AMSA) will also require a valid medical certificate (AMSA Form 1850) in any new application. Click this LINK for more information about costs involved if you choose to apply for the CoC;


  • Must be at least 16 of age
  • Must have a Recreational Skippers Ticket.
    If you don’t have it, we can give you extra training and you can do it at the same time as you do the Coxswain Grade 3 units.
  • Have intermediate English language literacy and numeracy skills
  • Have moderate computer literacy skills to access and research information on the internet.

The rest of the AMSA requirements are on the AMSA website – click this LINK (


You will need:

  1. a device with access to the Internet,
  2. a Commercial vessel (or you can use ours –  just add this when you book your course), and
  3. a copy (digital or hard copy) of Australian Boating Manual


You do a Correspondence (at home in your own time) Course to cover the Theory and a little of the Practical (ropes, knots, splicing, whipping).

You must be able to access the internet and must be able to work by yourself, finding things online, researching etc. The Australian Boating Manual (Dick Gandy) is also needed, which you can get as a digital or hard copy. Digital is good because you can easily search for the information needed to answer questions in the Correspondence (at home in your own time) Course. Some people prefer a hard copy.

Either way, you need to get an Australian Boating Manual for yourself.


Book and pay using the BOOK NOW button
When your enrolment is processed you will be notified that your boxed kit is ready – you can collect it, or we can mail it to you. Kits are usually available within 24-48 hours.
You do the written work and then study the theory (for as long as you need to know it well). All up – its actually a 7 day course if you were to sit in a classroom, but we do NO classroom work. It is self paced study, so no time is wasted. As most of our students already know boats, most can do it all fairly quickly – do it at your own speed, as fast or as slow as you want. Every thing you need to know by the end is what you are ‘supposed to’ do on a commercial vessel anyhow.
Once you have done the Theory, written the answers to all the questions in the Workbook we send you, and studied what we tell you to study, you meet the trainer/assessor at an agreed location and finalize it with the assessment and practical.

When you meet with the trainer / assessor your Theory written work is checked and discussed, then you get in the boat (your boat if you have a commercial boat) and do all the practical training, as well as assessment. This links to the AMSA list of what we must Train and Assess.

When you have passed our final exam you get a Certificate from us, (we give you all the guidance, all the forms, everything you need to apply to AMSA – you just follow the instructions).

What you do for the Coxswain Grade 3 is 3/8 of the Coxswains Grade 2, so if you want to upgrade, you get credit for these 3 units and don’t need to redo them.


We operate 7 days a week. 
Some days are fully booked, but students change regularly and gaps appear all the time. We have vessels available at Woodman Point / Jervoise Bay, where the main office is, but we also send trainers everywhere in Australia* (you just arrange and pay for transport and accommodation of a trainer to come to you – we charge you nothing extra). For Workplace groups it is often cheaper to get 1 trainer to come to you for 1 or 2 days, than for you to send a number of workers to the trainer in the metro area.

*Alternative location must be able to supply the required equipment/vessel for the practical . Contact us to discuss prior to booking.

Commercial Vessel – for Practical

The Practical can ONLY be done on a legal commercial vessel. There are commercial vessels available to hire in Fremantle from a number of companies if you do not have access to your own surveyed vessel. Vessel hire is generally $600 per day, however for students we keep the max cost per student to $250 each for up to 1 day if you choose to hire our vessel. If your own vessel is illegal or unregistered etc, it cannot be used.

It must be a legal Commercial Vessel – compliant with the newest AMSA regulations. i.e. Certificate of Operation, SMS etc.

Fine Print

All courses provided by Australian Boat Schools have been developed with extensive input from employers to ensure that all participants have the best chance of providing value the moment they start work. Employers are wanting people who have relevant skills and knowledge, along with contingency management skills to find the information that they need for the job at hand. You will need to do research yourself and find the necessary information that a Coxswain should be able to find in the workplace.

We have trained thousands of Coxswains all around Australia, and know what it takes. This is not a tick and flick, its a real course. You WILL learn something. Please note that this is a Coxswain course and is not a course for computer skills nor reading and writing (you will need these skills before doing this course).

We look forward to supporting you through this journey

Australian Boat Schools – RTO 51850