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

  • National Course Code: MAR20318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20318-01V01-22YAM-001

Location – Yamba Connected Learning Centre


Self paced


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 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This course is superseded.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.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Be fit at an intermediate level
  • Be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket
  • Undertake a prescribed learning, literacy and numeracy assessment to ensure you are prepared for the foundation skills requirements in each of the units of competency
  • Consider the AMSA certification requirements

At the beginning of your course you will need to provide evidence of either:

  • AMSA log book with evidence of 30 days sea time
  • Other evidence of your sea time that is not logged in an AMSA log book of 240 days

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a self-paced on campus course. You must attend approximately 9 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 2 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 1 to 2 days a week for 52 weeks.

Studying at a TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre means that you dont have to leave your local community to get a first rate education and access elite training, teachers and support services.

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

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


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 $89.95
  • Parallel Rule 45 cm (Capt. Fields Pattern) $64.95
  • Dividers 20cm $44.95
  • Pencil Compass $10.00
  • One Admiralty Chart AUS 252-2001 version or later $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

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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

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.

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Course Location

Yamba Connected Learning Centre
Phone 131 601

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