Coxswain Grade 3

Course Details

  • 8hrs sea time required
  • No task book required
  • No oral examination required
  • RPL can be considered for applicants with a Recreational Boat Licence 
Locations Onsite or at Scarborough QLD
Theory at our training centre at Redcliffe QLD
Cost    $550 per person

Course Description

AMSA became the national regulator of domestic commercial vessels (DCV`s) in 2013,making the rules and regulations consistent around Australia.

This NEW certificate of competency coxswain grade 3  will sit between a general purpose hand and a coxswain grade2 nc, permitting the holder to operate on a range of DCV`s performing low complexity duties.

An AMSA approved online training course for coxswain grade 3,  for people who need to operate a domestic commercial vessel as part of their normal job with a limitation of duties..examples could be crabbers,pwc tour groups,barge operators,guides,those working in the hire industry etc

This may be for you as an individual or a requirement for your employer to have this level of skill., please call Neil on mob- 0434636640 to discuss if coxswain grade 3 is suitable for your operation.

Coxswain grade 3 is available for  OPERATORS HAVING THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS AS PER AMSA  guidelines.

  1.  not limited to daylight use.
  2. Command a vessel < 12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine < 100kw (130hp) or outboard engine < 250kw ( 335hp)
  3. Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:
    • Marina operations and a mooring area in sight of the marina
    • Inland waters
    • Any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and in sight of and in communication with the parent vessel
    • Any other waters approved by the national regulator.
  4. Without carrying passengers only in the following places or areas:
    • Places and kinds of water as per ‘Carry passengers’ above
    • Smooth waters, including inland waters
    • Any waters within 1nm from point of departure and within 1nm of the coast
    • Any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a state or territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption
    • Any waters within 250 metres of a structure fixed to the shore
    • Sheltered waters within 1nm from the coast
  5. Tow persons only in the following area and situation:
    • Any waters that are waterski areas approved by a state or territory authority, with or without passengers and
    • The vessel has propulsion power, for an inboard and outboard,  


  1. Be at least 16 years  of age
  2. Hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package unit of competency Provide first aid.
  3. If operating radio equipment is on board the vessel, hold at least a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority or an equivalent qualification approved by the National Regulator; 
  4. Meet the same medical and eyesight requirements in Chapter 4 (Medical and eyesight requirements) of Part D of the NSCV that apply for a Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal certificate of competency, except for Division 4.4 Eyesight (colour- vision); doctors certpficate of Medical fitness. 
  5. Complete an AMSA observor declaration.


  1. Vessel, crew and passenger preparation
  2. Weather and Tides
  3. Navigation
  4. Maneuvering
  5. Rope work
  6. Emergencies, Criteria 4 and 5 covered in practical training and assessment

Brisbane Boating Courses offers regular coxswain grade 3 courses at our training rooms at the Redcliffe showgrounds..

Brisbane Boating courses has delivered exemption 38 courses, now called coxswain grade 3 in Redcliffe,Brisbane,Bribie Island,Caloundra,Hervey Bay and Yeppoon and inland waterways like Somerset, Wivenhoe ,Borumba and Awoonga dams