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

  • National Course Code: MAR20318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20318-01V01-21MRY-085

Location – Moruya


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

6 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) equips you with the skills to operate vessels up to 12m. This hands-on course will have you ready to start your new career running catamaran tourist trips, fishing charters or off-shore vessels.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Fight fires on board a vessel
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Contribute to environmental work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Eligibility to apply for the Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal certificate through AMSA
  • A strong study pathway to go on to higher-level maritime qualifications
  • First Aid Certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal
  • Mastering up to a 12m vessel


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500GT)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the maritime industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status.

AMSA licensing requirements include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

Visit AMSA website for more information


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
  • The ability swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
  • The ability to handle rough seas without getting seasick
  • The learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at the level of year 10 at high school

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course AMSA recommends that to be eligible for a Coxswain Grade 1 near coastal certificate, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • At least 16 years old on the certificate issue date.
  • Meet medical, eyesight and course requirements. It is your responsibility to arrange a medical examination and get the practitioner to provide a certificate or statement stating that - You do not suffer any greater abnormality in colour vision that could be tested by the Ishihara Test.
  • Are able to swim 50 metres and meet the ASMA requirement to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket in work attire to complete some of the mandatory assessments within this qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Bring work overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
  • Provide clothes (similar to work clothes, excluding wet suits) to get wet in for wet drills
  • Provide a second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat (AMSA does not recommend the use of swimwear with survival practicals)

Any other AMSA requirement to obtain this license should refer to AMSA website


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a face to face part time evening course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class, over 2 evenings a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete some Saturdays throughout the course for practicals assessments.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional private study each week outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency to command and operate the engines of a vessel:
    The Vessel should be less than 12 m in length with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or less than 500 kW for an inboard engine that is in inshore waters or designated waters or as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Wednesday from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. There are some Saturdays throughout the course required for practicals assessments. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Australian Boating Manual, 5th Edition by Captain Dick Gandy - This textbook may be required to complete the course - $89.95
  • Parallel Rule 45 cm (Capt. Fields Pattern) - This equipment is required to complete the course - $64.95
  • Dividers 20cm - This equipment is required to complete the course - $44.95
  • Pencil Compass - This equipment is required to complete the course - $10.00
  • One Admiralty Chart AUS 252-2001 version or later - This equipment is required to complete the course - $35.00
  • Chart BA 5011 (this is a book on chart symbols) - $34.95
  • Paper Charts - $59.95
  • 2B Pencils, erasers, sharpener and calculator


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARC038 Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARB027 Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARH013 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

As a Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal in the maritime industry.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

2857 Princes Highway, Moruya
Phone 131 601

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