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Coxswain grade 3 near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.
This certificate of competency lets you operate a vessel less than 12 metres for specified purposes in specified waters. 

This certificate will allow you to:

  • Command and operate the engines of a vessel less than 12 metres long with outboard engine propulsion less than 250 kW, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts
    • Carrying no more than 6 persons including crew and master
    • In daylight hours only, if carrying passengers
    • Operating within the following:
      • A marina
      • A mooring area in sight and communication of a marina
      • Inland waters
      • Smooth waters
      • Within 1 nautical mile of shore
      • Inside or within 1 nautical mile of an aquaculture lease or in waters approved for daily transit to and from an aquaculture lease
  • Command and operate the engines of a tender less than 12 metres long with outboard engine propulsion less than 250 kW, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts
    • In daylight hours only, if carrying passengers
    • Operating within either:
      • If you have completed the Maritime Training Package units: 3 nautical miles of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone and in line of sight of the parent vessel; or
      • If you hold a recreational boat licence, RYA Powerboat level 2 course or Australian Sailing Powerboat Handling course: 1 nautical mile of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone and in line of sight of the parent vessel

This certificate will also allow you to:

  • Command and operate the engines of a vessel less than 12 metres long with propulsion power for inboard or outboard engine of up to 500 kW
    • That is used only for towing people
    • In daylight hours only
    • In waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Coxswain grade 3 near coastal certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • Be able to speak and understand English, including written documents
  • Be medically fit for the duties, including eyesight
  • Gain any needed sea service
  • Complete training

For more information, select what you need to apply for below.
Coxswain grade 3 near coastal is a domestic certificate of competency issued under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022. This document has full details of the eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications. 

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

 

Renewal of Certificate

A Coxswain grade 3 near coastal certificate of competency is generally valid for five years. To keep working using your certificate you need to renew it every five years. 

What do I need to do? 

To renew your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

  • Endorsement to command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable

Endorsement to command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable

What do I need to do?

If you want to get this endorsement at the same time as your certificate, you can add this on your application form for a new certificate. You will need to include the sea service laid out below with your application.

If you are adding this endorsement to a current certificate you will need to:

 

Daylight hours only restriction

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed. 

What do I need to do? 

To remove this restriction, you will need to: 

Last updated: 

Tuesday 10 January 2023