Exemption 38 (not Coxswain Grade 3, which doesnt yet exist)

(ex Coxswain Restricted / called Exemption 38 at the moment)
Course is just three (3) units of the 8 units that are the Grade 2.
Similar to the old WA Coxswain Restricted 3 units
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

PLUS some basic Navigation and other items make up the Exemption 38.

You study Theory by Correspondence, then finalise it with 1 day face to face with a trainer.

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

TIME: Takes about a week (at your home or work), plus 1 day Exams and Practical with us.

COURSE COST from: ~$644 (+GST) (click to check the main Coxswain site for up to date costs)

GOVT COSTS: Currently no further Govt / DoT Oral exam and certificate costs whilst it is still just called an Exemption. Once it becomes an accredited qualification Exemption 38 (not Coxswain Grade 3, which doesnt yet exist) then there may be DoT costs, but until this happens there are no costs we know of (check the Dept in your state).

PRE-REQUISITE: Must be 16, must have a Recreational Skippers Ticket, or need to do it at the same time. Eyesight test doesnt need to be done before the course, however you need to get it before you start operating. (more info on Exemption 38 Limitations and Conditions)

OTHER: You will need (1) access to the Internet, (2) a Commercial vessel (or use ours), and (3) get a copy (digital or hard copy) of Australian Boating Manual.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH Exemption 38?


  1. Operate during daylight hours only
  2. Command a vessel
  3. Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:
    • marina operations and a mooring areas in sight of the marina;
    • inland waters;
    • any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and in sight of and in communication with the parent vessel;
    • any other waters approved by the National Regulator.
  4. Without carrying passengers only in the following places or areas:
    • places and kinds of water in Point 3 above;
    • smooth waters, including inland waters;
    • any waters within 1nm from each point of departure and within 1nm of the coast
    • any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption;
    • any waters within 250 metres of a structure fixed to the shore
    • sheltered waters within 2nm from the coast.
  5. Tow persons only in the following area and situation:
    • any waters that are waterski areas approved by a State or Territory authority, with or without passengers; and
    • the vessel has propulsion power, for an inboard and outboard engine, <500kW

To enrol Click the BOOKING OPTIONS button (right).

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.

  1. Enrol and pay using the ENROL  button (top right)
  2. A boxed kit will be mailed to you within 24 hours, or you can even collect it after hours from Coogee, WA.
  3. 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 1 week 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 – you just follow the instructions)
  7. Essentially we give you a certificate and IMMEDIATELY you can go to work.
  8. You do not need to pass any exam at DoT (so no need to pay them).
Skippers Tickets

To do the Exemption 38 (not Coxswain Grade 3, which doesnt yet exist) certificate course with us, you need to have your Recreational Skippers Ticket. You can do it at the same time as the course if you dont already have it.


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 accomodation of a trainer to come to you – no other costs).

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. Vessell 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 a legal Commercial Vessel – compliant with the newest AMSA regulations. ie Certificate of Operation, SMS etc.




  • Colour blindness is a problem for some people
    You can check colour vision here and also here
  • 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

± $90 Australian Boaters Manual (you need this and can get this at a book shop, or order online).

$180 Recreational Skippers Ticket, if you dont already have it.

GST is included if the cost does not say ‘plus GST’.

We provide the course. We will assist, but we arent your mum. We are trying to train you to take care of yourself and you are expected to research and look after yourself.

RTO Code: 51850

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