A Coxswain will usually begin their career as a deck hand, sitting the Coxswain certificate of competency test once they have gained sufficient experience. Coxswains operate small commercial vessels less than 12 metres in length, within the limits of sheltered and inshore waters. To operate larger vessels further from the coast requires additional qualifications.
A Coxswain is responsible for the supervision of crew and passengers and must be able to make decisions under pressure. A coxswain might also maintain the operations of engines (less than 250Kw), update vessel log books and assist in mooring and unmooring vessels.
Australia relies on its Maritime sector for trade. With a range of skills in demand across the sector both nationally and internationally, there are many career opportunities available.
Upwards of $40,000*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.