Coxswain Grade 2 enrolments now online –
Click the BOOKING OPTIONS button on the right.
The Coxswain Grade 2 is 8 units of the 12 units needed to get a FULL Coxswain, so it is almost a full Coxswain. Just add ESS, Chartwork and some Engineering and a lot of sea time – and you will be able to go up to Full Coxswain. If you do the Grade 2 first, you only need to do the remaining 4 units later to upgrade to full Coxswain, when you have the sea time.
Courses are held On Demand every single day – we will try to fit in with you, 7 days a week.
All the info on costs are at the end of this page. Please read it all first.
HOW it Works
You do a Correspondence 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 Course. Some people prefer a hard copy. Either way, you need to get one for yourself.
- Enrol and pay using the ORDER button (top right)
- A boxed kit will be mailed to you within 1-2 working days, or you can even collect it after hours from Coogee, WA.
- You do the written work (about 30 hours) and then study the theory (for as long as you need to know it well). All up – its actually a 10 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. Don’t get hung up on the time, if you want to sit for a guaranteed amount of time, then go to TAFE, if you want to do the same work, but at your own pace, learning via videos and study guides etc, then this is for you. Fastest someone has done it is less than a week, others take all 6 months. Because it is blended learning it combines RPL aspects allowing you to move faster if you already know the stuff.
- Once you have done the Theory, written the answers to all the questions we send you, and studied what we tell you to study, you meet the trainer/assessor at an agreed location.
- 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.
- When you have passed our final exam you get a course completion Certificate from us (some call it the RTO Certificate), which you add to the rest of the list of forms and paperwork which you need to give AMSA to apply to them for the Coxswain Grade 2. (we give you all the guidance, all the forms, everything you need – you just follow the instructions).
- Essentially we give you a certificate and that is just one of the items that AMSA need in order to give you the Coxswain.
- You also need to pass a Final AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (which replaced what used to be ‘the orals’. This can be done by one of the Final Assessors that AMSA have authorised in various location to do this final test. One of our Assessors is able to do this if you want you can book and pay for it at the end, after you pass the course.
- The next thing you do is fill in the online AMSA Application (we can assist you to do this on the final day) and then you take copies of everything to the an AMSA agent post office and send it all to AMSA for processing.
- If you need your Coxswain qualification immediately for work, you can get an Interim Certificate from your Final Assessor, if you don’t want for your paperwork to go to Canberra, get processed and for your card to come to you.
To do the Coxswain Grade 2 certificate course with us, you need to have your Recreational Skippers Ticket. You can do it at the same time as the Coxswain Grade 2 course if you dont have it. If you already have it, then that part of the course is removed from the Coxswain course.
We operate 7 days a week. Some days are fully booked, but FIFO students change and so gaps appear all the time. We have vessels available at Woodman Point / Jervoise Bay, which is the main location we train commercial courses from. However we can send trainers everywhere in Australia (you must just arrange and pay for transport and accommodation of a trainer to come to you – no other costs).
VESSEL for Practical
This can ONLY be done on a legal commercial vessel. There are commercial vessels available to hire in Fremantle if a student does not have access to their 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 your own vessel is illegal or unregistered etc, it cannot be used. It must be absolutely compliant with the newest AMSA regulations. ie Certificate of Operation, SMS etc.
Everyone who skippers a vessel for commercial purposes needs commercial qualifications. This includes Environmental workers, research scientists, even Monitoring staff in a dinghy checking a drain, Main Roads workers in their barge working in a creek under a bridge or doing jetty work or any commercial work carried out in a boat. More info can be found on AMSA site.
You also need a little sea time to get any commercial qualification now, and this varies, so check with AMSA paperwork (see Download links above). At the time of writing this – you could do 60 days Recreational ‘sea time’ and that was sufficient for the Coxswain Grade 2 (ie the replacement for the old Coxswain Restricted qualification). You will also need to do some basic engineering, as well as pass an easy final test at Dept of Transport offices.
Coxswain Grade 2 may command a vessel of less than 12 meters in length, less than 5 nautical miles from point of departure, the ‘shore’ or aquaculture lease, without passengers. (“without passengers” – means paying passengers, so you can carry people on board if they are all “crew”.). Also if you are further than 5nm from Mainland, you can operate a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3nm from a mother ship. Latest details are int eh AMSA info linked to above.
There is also the potential to endorse your Coxswain Grade 2, to allow you to carry paying passengers (see AMSA website for this).
COXSWAIN GRADE 2 AMSA INFO
All info on the Coxswain can be seen on www.coxswain.edu.au or on the AMSA website.
- Completed Medical Fitness Test Form (we will send you the form in the Kit) you fill this in yourself – no Doctor needed..
- Current Motor Drivers Licence (for proof of identity)
- 2 passport size photo
- DoT / AMSA fees (ask DoT what they are – they change from time to time)
AND Sea Time of 60 days (which CAN be all recreational).
This is all covered in the documentation on their website (look for Coxswain Grade 2) if you want more details, or you can ask us to forward to you the documents. Some are linked to below. If you enrol in the course, they will all, also be included in the Correspondence Pack that you receive when you book.
$175 per unit plus GST. 8 units in Coxswain Grade 2 and another 4 units for Coxswain Grade 1 upgrade (when it is available)
±$90 Australian Boaters Manual (you can get this yourself at a book shop, or order online).
$150 Recreational Skippers Ticket, only if you dont already have it
External Commercial Vessel hire if needed (vessel hire costs $600 per day, however our students pay $250 each maximum for the day. If you want to be trained and assessed on your own vessel, it must be legal Commercially registered. We can come to you – anywhere in Australia (you just organize and pay for travel and accommodation costs). GST is included if the cost does not say ‘plus GST’.
Other costs that you dont pay to Perth Boat School will of course be the Senior first aid course, Eyesight tests and Govt fees, which change from time to time. (See AMSA or DoT website for this). We are not responsible for keeping an eye on AMSA, we do what we can, but part of your responsibility is to check with DoT and AMSA as they change. We provide the course. We will assist, but we arent your mum.
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