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 voyagegive instructions to the crewcommunicate with passengersupdate vessel logbooksassist with mooring and unmooring vesselsmonitor condition and seaworthiness of vesselstransmit and receive information by marine radio or telephonerespond to emergency situationsuse navigational information and techniques to conduct a safe passageservice propulsion systems, low-voltage electrical systems and auxiliary systemsoperate 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.