Coxswain Grade 3

This course is three (3) units of the 12 units that are in the Grade 1 (there are 8 units in 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

WHAT CAN I DO WITH Coxswain Grade 3?

Vessel length
  • 12m
Inboard motor size
  • Up to 100kw
  • Up to 500kw for towing people, in daylight hours only, in waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority
Outboard motor size
  • 250kw (335hp)
  • Must be less than 6 persons total on the vessel
  • In Marinas and mooring areas in sight of the marina.
  • Inland waters
  • Smooth waters
  • Waters within 1 nm of the shore
  • In an aquaculture lease and within 1nm outside it, plus in waters approved for daily transit to and from the lease
  • Any waters within 1nm of parent vessel in sight and communication with parent vessel
Day or night
  • Yes Night is allowed if no passengers
Distance from shore
  • Check the latest on AMSA website


You study Theory by Correspondence kit (at home in your own time), then finalize the course with a 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: CLICK THIS to SEE the cost customised to your needs


Coxswain Grade 3 operators (choosing to work without a physical CoC (card/ticket) from AMSA) will require a valid medical certificate (AMSA Form 1850) whether in any new application or while operating and wishing to comply without a physical card/ticket.

Coxswain Grade 3 operators (choosing to work with a physical CoC (card/ticket) from AMSA) will also require a valid medical certificate (AMSA Form 1850) in any new application. Click this LINK for more information about costs involved if you choose to apply for the CoC;


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 do the Coxswain Grade 3 units.

The rest of the AMSA requirements are on the AMSA website – click this LINK (


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.

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 Statement of Attainment from us, (we give you all the guidance, all the forms, everything you need – you just follow the instructions). RTOs have 30 calendar days to get the Statements out to candidates, however Perth Boat School always endeavours to get the Statements out in a much quicker timeframe than that.

What you do for the Coxswain Grade 3 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.

We provide the course and we will assist, but 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 find 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 the training for the Coxswain, not computer skills nor reading and writing, so you will need to get those skills elsewhere before you can do the course.