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Coxswain Courses

A Coxswain steers small boats or marine vessels and may take on other duties during a journey. You might give directions to other crewmates and liaise with authorities via marine radio. A Coxswain, or Navigator, Coxswain Grade 1 or Coxswain Grade 2, navigates a course and take into account factors such as weather. You may take charge during an emergency and issue instructions to crew and passengers.

A Coxswain should have strong situational awareness and be able to focus for long periods of time. You’ll need to be a strong leader and be able to communicate well with your crew. A Coxswain should make safety a priority and be able to follow correct procedures at all times.

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Popular Coxswain Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Coxswain earn?

In Australia, a full time Coxswain generally earns $865 per week ($44,980 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Coxswain?

The number of people working in this industry has remained stable over recent years. There are currently 7,700 people employed in this field in Australia, and many of them specialise as a Coxswain. Coxswains may find work across regions of Australia where maritime activities are common.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Coxswain?

A Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal) is an ideal qualification if you’re planning a career as a Coxswain. This course addresses a range of topics including seamanship, survival and emergency response skills. You could also consider a Certificate II in Maritime Operations.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within maritime. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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