Exemption 38 (not Coxswain Grade 3, which doesnt yet exist)
(ex Coxswain Restricted / called Exemption 38 at the moment)
This course is three (3) units of the 12 units that are in the Grade 1 (8 of them are 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
PLUS AMSA have added a few extra items to make up the Exemption 38.
HOW DO I GET IT?
You study Theory by Correspondence (at home in your own time), then finalize it with 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.
COURSE COST: $644 (+GST)
Currently no further Govt / final exam and certificate costs whilst it is still just called an Exemption. Once it becomes an accredited qualification (eg hopefully Coxswain Grade 3, which doesn’t yet exist) then there may be AMSA certification costs, but until this happens there are no costs other than the course.
Must be 16, must have a Recreational Skippers Ticket (this is not an AMSA requirement, it is ours). If you don’t have it we need to give you extra training and you can do it at the same time as you to the Exemption 398 units. Eyesight test doesn’t need to be done before the course, however you need to get it before you start operating. (click for more info on Exemption 38 Limitations and Conditions)
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?
- Up to 100kw
- 250kw (335hp)
- Only in Marinas and mooring areas in sight of the marina
- Inland waters
- Any waters within 1nm of parent vessel in sight and communication with parent vessel
- Day only
- Smooth waters
- Within 250m of a fixed structure attached ot the shore
- With an aquaculture lease and approved waters to get to and from the lease
NOTE: this can change, check the latest on AMSA website
How it Works
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 one Australian Boating Manual for yourself.
Enrol and pay using the BOOK NOW button
A boxed kit will be mailed to you within 24 hours of payment being received, or you can even collect it after hours from Coogee, WA.
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 – you just follow the instructions)
Get a certificate that day and IMMEDIATELY you can go to work.
What you do for the Exemption 38 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.
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 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.
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 License (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 don’t already have it.
GST is included if the cost does not say ‘plus GST’.
We provide the course. We will assist, but we aren’t your mum. We are trying to train you to take care of yourself as a Coxswain and you are expected to research and look after yourself and find the necessary information that a Coxswain should be able to do 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 and you will be doing part of the are training the Coxswain, not computer skills nor reading and writing, so you will need to get those skills elsewhere before you can do the course.