Coxswain Whitsundays: $1799 $1599
You need to
  • be 16+
  • Complete a fitness declaration
  • Get an eyesight test 
  • Have 30 days commercial seatime with a taskbook or 240 without 
  • Have Shipboard Safety or complete with us
  • Have a current First Aid certificate or complete with us
  • Complete our short range radio course and exam $198 (during course)
  • Take part in an AMPA assessment (additional cost)

Task books are $30 allowing significant reduction in time but require dedication and planning to complete. They are used to record onboard completion of jobs to correct standard.  Taskbook guide

You can complete the course before completing your taskbook

One of the first questions we get asked is “How long is the course?” The course has a full time two week block. There is also zoom session support and extra support as worked out in your training plan

Every student arrives with different abilities, skill and knowledge levels. We assess these and create an individual training plan which is only as long as needed to ensure you have the ability and knowledge required by regulations to carry out your job. During the course we re-evaluate where you are at, in case your plan needs adjusting with more/less training.

Our average student, aged 25 with lots of boating behind them, and lots of work and life experience could probably expect to complete 3 weeks face to face with practical training, and 5 zoom sessions. This includes short courses.

We do a language, literacy, numeracy and experience assessment at enrollment. If you are not confident reading or writing there’s the reading, writing hotline 1300655506. We have access to the ‘See programme” to improve your Reading and Writing skills if needed.

If not doing a task book a full sea time assessment is completed on enrollment to assess current experience and abilities.

Check your medical condition as a self declaration medical statement and eyesight examination (Optometrist) are required (The eyesight test can be bulk billed)


Equipment supplied includes charts, dividers, parallel ruler and drawing compass.  

Held at 1/6 Commerce Close, Cannonvale QLD or Western Australia

Other places do correspondence but there’s a low completion rate.  Face to Face like we offer works best. 

  • There’s an assignment or exam for each subject. Look at the list of subjects as each student is required to keep track of their own studies and progress.
  • A lot of research and study is required from each student before attending the block course as this is a time to consolidate knowledge already being gained and work as a team to close any gaps in skills and knowledge.
  • The course is very practical with on water navigation exercises and attendance at a slipway and engineering workshop
  •  If you are deemed not meeting the assessment criteria you will need to obtain either more practical experience or theory knowledge which could take extra time. There is no guarantee of being deemed competent or receiving a certificate after the courseabm

There’s 7+ assignments and 3 exams and we give you a student planner to track what you need to know and where your up to.

Then there is an AMPA practical assessment at an additional cost of $449

Coxswain AMSA info



  1. Check your sea time and licence requirements in the guidance notes
  2. Have a phone interview.
  3. Complete an experience and language literacy assessment.
  4. Get a taskbook from us if necessary.
  5. Enroll and pay the $29 deposit or work out a payment plan
  6. Get the study guide.
  7. Maybe review the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy (pictured)
  8. Attend a full time face to face block course and tutorial as planned
  9. Obtain marine radio (short range for coxswain, First Aid and Shipboard Safety (we offer at an additional charge)
  10. Complete an assignment or Assessment for each unit. 100% competency is required for assessments.
  11. Complete the on water practical assessment and AMPA assessment (separate cost). Be deemed competent
  12. complete the medical declaration and get the eye-sight-certificate 
  13. Submit an application to AMSA via Australia Post office and pay $151 fee.
  • Provide first aid
  • Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Meet work health and safety requirements
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Follow environmental work practices
  • Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

You need to show you have experience working at sea in a deck, or a deck and engineering capacity, on vessels greater than or equal to five metres long. You must have completed either:

  • 30 days on commercial vessels with a completed approved task book
  • 240 days on any vessels without a task book.

You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the five years before the application.

If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.

If at least half of your sea service is not to seaward of sheltered waters, your certificate will be restricted to sheltered waters.

You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:

  • Record of sea service form 771
  • an approved sea service log book
  • the on board sea service record from your task book
  • a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.

Read more about qualifying sea service.