Coxswains manage the operation of small commercial marine vessels, such as fishing boats, ferries, water taxis, jet boats, yachts, catamarans and tourist craft.
Duties & Tasks
Coxswains may perform the following tasks:manoeuvre and navigate small vessels
consult weather authorities before planning a voyage
give instructions to the crew
communicate with passengers
update vessel logbooks
assist with mooring and unmooring vessels
monitor condition and seaworthiness of vessels
transmit and receive information by marine radio or telephone
respond to emergency situations
use navigational information and techniques to conduct a safe passage
service propulsion systems, low-voltage electrical systems and auxiliary systems
operate pumping systems, and outboard and inboard diesel engines.
Coxswains may operate vessels up to 12 metres in length in sheltered waters. Those who wish to operate larger vessels further from the coast will need to gain additional qualifications.
willing to spend time at sea
able to lead and manage a crew
commitment to safety
pass an eye test and have normal colour vision
good health and able to pass a medical examination.