Current Course Vacancies
CURRENT VACANCIES FOR COXSWAIN NC1 & NC2 COURSES
All Hands on Deck Maritime Training Coxswain (2 day practical session) and General Purpose Hand (1 day practical session) courses are operating as normal. Vacancies are very limited at the present time with the following vacancies available:
24th September 2021 – FULL
8th October 2021 – FULL
12th November 2021 – 1 vacancy (Enrol Here)
3rd December 2021 – 2 vacancies (Enrol Here)
The majority (90%) of the course can now be completed online and enrollments can still be made anytime.
For Coxswain inquiries please call 0434803687
or email at email@example.com
Current COVID- 19 Information regarding Courses
COVID – 19 situations are changing constantly and quickly and we will do our best to keep all students and inquirers up to date regarding any impact to our courses. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) that may assist you at this point in time. Please keep in mind that as a Registered Training Organisation we fall under the Education category and candidates are permitted to travel for Education. In fact every course we have had scheduled through out the COVID – 19 (except March 2020) has operated.
Q. Are your course still operating?
A. All Coxswain and General Purpose Hand courses are operating as normal although we have reduced the number of students in each course to maintain physical distancing. In fact all courses throughout the COVID – 19 period to date (except March 2020 when the government shut everything down) has operated.
Q. What is the length of the course?
A. We have always been an online training organisation so when COVID – 19 hit it was a very easy transition for us. Quite simply we moved more activities and assessments online (currently 90% online) and reduced the face to face practical session from 4 days to 2 days. Coastal Navigation and Marine Radio are 100% online.
Q. What if I am coming from interstate?
A. We have always had many interstate students attend the course (26 from WA in 2019 and 25 from Qld in 2020) and this is still the situation. However because 90% of the course is online and the practical session is only 2 days (mainly for our Fire, Survival and Boathandling components) we are now able to provide information to candidates to complete these activites in their own state (or in some cases by providing video evidence).
Q. What is the current situation for candidates in NSW with the current situation?
A. Firstly candidates from regional areas may travel for Education. (See image below). Candidates from the Sydney region may travel for Education but must obtain a permit from Service NSW.
Q. What should I do if I want to know more about the current situation?
A. You should simply call us on 0434803687 and we can advise you.
Coxswain course initial enrolment
Is there work for a Coxswain?
Did you know there are over 27,000 domestic commercial vessels in Australia with over 66,000 crew working on these vessels. A recent survey revealed that over 75% of companies are having difficulty finding qualified crew! (Source: Working Boats issue 14).
Types of Coxswain Certificates
In accordance with the National Law 2012 and the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D (Crew Competencies), there are 2 grades of Coxswain Certificates of Competency and Exemption 38. These grades are known as Coxswain NC2 and Coxswain NC1. (NC = Near Coastal – NC2 is the lower grade and NC1 the higher grade).
Coxswain NC1 Certificate
The Coxswain NC1 course is for all persons who wish to be command a commercial vessel (Fishing Charter vessel – Water Taxi – Passenger Ferry/Cruise Boat etc) up to 12 metres in length, operating 15 nautical miles to sea, with a diesel engine capacity of <500 kW (670hp), or unlimited outboard engine capacity, and carrying passengers. For more Coxswain NC1 information please Click Here
The current regulations include one of the most important conditions and that is evidence of boating experience CAN include 100% of recreational boating experience. The amount of boating experience varies depending on whether a task book is completed or not.
For a Coxswain NC1 certificate two hundred and forty (240) days of boating experience is required which can be on a commercial and/or recreational vessel without a task book. This can be reduced to thirty (30) days sea service on commercial vessels with a completed AMSA task book. To obtain and AMSA Task Book please Click Here. Sea Service is also recorded on AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service.
Coxswain NC2 Certificate
The Coxswain NC2 Certificate and will allow you to be in command of a vessel under 12 metres in length, which does NOT carry passengers and has a diesel engine capacity of <100 kW (120hp) or unlimited outboard engine capacity in smooth or sheltered waters, or within 3nm of a parent vessel in the EEZ or within 5nm from the shore base or aquaculture lease. (Examples may be Survey or Research vessels, vessels conducting mooring servicing, Pilot vessel, Lines Boats, vessels operated by Maritime authorities such as Boating Service Officer (BSO) vessels, Police vessels, Customs and Fisheries patrol vessels, commercial divers, Surf Club and/or Sailing club vessels etc. For more Coxswain NC2 information please Click Here
For a Coxswain NC2 certificate sixty (60) days of boating experience is required (this can be 100% recreational boat experience) however this can be reduced to seven (7) days (approx. 52.5 hrs) of boating experience with a completed AMSA task book. To obtain and AMSA Task Book please Click Here. Sea Service is also recorded on AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service.
Marine Safety (Low Complexity Duties) Exemption38
AMSA ammended the requirements regarding holding a full Coxswain qualification by introducing the Marine Safety (Low Complexity Duties) Exemption (commonly known as Exemption 38). This exemption does not require any sea time. It only requires a demonstration of competency for 3 units. To see details of where the certificate applies and the conditions of use please Click Here or call us at 0434803687
Knowledge required to be a Coxswain in command of a Domestic Commercial Vessel
The areas of knowledge required of a Coxswain include:
- Vessel Survey Categories and areas of operation
- Safety Management Systems
- Manoeuvering a vessel
- Fight & Extinguish Fires
- Survival at Sea
- Splicing, Knots, Hitches and Seamanship Skills
- Marine Radio operation
- Basic Meteorology and Tidal knowledge
- Basic Vessel Stability
- Coastal Navigation
- International Collision Regulations including IALA Buoyage systems
- Operating Deck Equipment (Lifting Gear and Anchor winches)
- Environmental Regulations
- Knowledge of Marine Engines
- Fuel, Cooling, Fire, Bilge and Deck Wash Pumping Systems
- Knowledge of Engine Start Up & Shut Down procedures
- Knowledge of Low Voltage Electrical systems
To understand the depth of knowledge required of a Coxswain (NC2) and Coxswain (NC1) please download this document.
How to enrol in a Coxswain Course
What do I need to do to obtain a Coxswain’s Ticket?
This is probably one of the most common questions we receive. If you found us on the internet then you most likely have that ability to use a computer. That being the case obtaining your Coxswain’s Ticket is an easy 5 step process.
- Complete the Coxswain course initial enrolment and complete online activities and assignments based of the level of knowledge required for the Coxswain certificate that is being applied for. (including the Marine Radio and Coastal navigation components if required). We estimate this component will take approximately 30-35 hours of self study for NC1 and NC2 and approximately 15 hours for EX38. This stage can be completed anywhere online. (We currently have students studying overseas)
- Complete a pre course project based on what you have learnt from the online assignments. We estimate this can be completed in aproximately 5 hours.
- Complete a final course written assessment – 1 and 1/2 hours allowed
- Attend the Coxswain 2 day practical training and assessment for Fire, Survival, Boat Handling and Seamanship activities. On successful completion receive your course certificate and AMPA – (AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment)
- On successful completion of the Coxswain course submit your application to AMSA. Providing evidence of sea service (this can include up to 100% of recreational boating experience). Sea service (boating experience) can be stated in a letter format (click here for a sample template) or on a Statutory Declaration and accompanied by AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service. Submit your application (including your 1st Aid Certificate if required)
Our courses are designed for candidates who wish to complete the course in a reasonable time frame suited to individual work and personal situations rather than taking months of part time college attendance. We use the internet for initial training and in addition we have our own training vessel, in commercial 2C survey for up to 30 nautical miles to sea, and therefore we conduct the Coxswain Course in 2 parts:
- The Initial Enrolment – this involves downloading training resources and completing a number of online assignments. The hours of study can vary and is dependent on your current individual level of knowledge of the maritime environment. No face to face attendance is required at this time however our trainers are available 7 days a week for assistance and questions.
- The Final Practical Session (Practical Sessions are held every month all year round). The 2 practical training days are Friday, Saturday each month and are currently designed to maximise social distancing on board the vessel as well as to minimise the time required to be away from home or work. If you have already completed the Fire, Survival, W H &S, and Seamanship (Anchoring, Splicing, Knots, Hitches etc) components from the General Purpose Hand (GPH) course then the practical course may be reduced by 1 day.
Coxswain course initial enrolment
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Sea Time – Boating Experience
Prior to submitting a Coxswain application to AMSA candidates need to provide evidence of boating experience. This CAN include 100% of recreational and yachting boating experience and will be assessed on an individual basis depending on where the experience was obtained and on what size and type of vessel. Sea Service should be recorded on AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service as well as on a Statutory Declaration.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and
Recognition ofCurrent Competencies (RCC)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and
Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC)
If you have prior commercial boating experience or certificates/qualifications you may be eligible for a reduction in costs and/or training. To download an application form please Click Here or Complete our Skills Recognition Form. To download the form please Click Here
First Aid Certificate
1st Aid Certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid)
Candidates must be in possession of a current 1st Aid Certificate. It is not necessary to have a 1st Aid Certificate prior to commencing the course however a copy must be provided as soon as possible after the completion of the course before the Coxswain Course Certificate can be issued. The current 1st Aid Certificate to obtain is: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
AMSA Trial Assessment
Are your ready for the AMSA ‘final assessment’?. This is the final and most important part of the whole process. You need to be able to demonstrate to the AMSA Examiner that you have the skills, experience and knowledge to operate a commercial vessel.
To assist you in preparing for the ‘final assessment’ we have developed some Trial Assessments. You can test your knowledge on these trial assessments and we will give you feed back on whether you are ready or may require a little extra study.
Coxswain 650+ exam questions
Coxswain Online Exam Questions Information
All Hands on Deck Maritime Training have been conducting Coxswain courses since 2004. In that time we have achieved a very successful record of candidates obtaining their Coxswain Certificate on the 1st attempt. One of the reasons for this is that we provide unlimited access to our bank of over 650 examination questions so that candidates can stay fresh with their knowledge and be well prepared for the final AMSA assessment.
We do realise, however, that not everyone can get to our courses so we have made the examination questions available online to everyone.
The questions are in 2 seperate catergories:
Category 1 includes the following:
- Seamanship and rope handling
- Splicing, knots and hitches
- Vessel handling
- Fire Fighting
- Survival at Sea
- Emergency Procedures
- Tides & Currents
- Collision and Domestic Regulations and more!
Category 2 includes the following:
- How Marine Diesel Engines work
- Operating Diesel Engines
- Operating Outboard Engines
- Gearboxes and shaftings
- Refuelling and Fuel Storage
- Hydraulic systems & Steerage gear
- Bilge pumping and Deck wash systems
- DC Batteries & AC Generators
- Slipway work and maintenance
- Deck Machinery and more!
Both categories can be purchased together for only $99.00. It is important to remember that Coxswain positions are a dual role position (Skipper and Engineer) therefore you should possess engineering knowledge as well as seamanship knowledge.
In addition to accessing over 650 examination questions you will also receive the following:
- Unlimited access to the examination questions
- All Training manuals in a download format
- Unlimited access to our Senior Trainer via email or phone with any questions you may have