Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal NC


On 1st January 2023 Exemption 38 operators/holders, transitioned to Coxswain Grade 3

They will now require a current first aid certificate and have a 12 month transitional period -until 1 Jan 2024 to gain a Medical certificate (AMSA 1850)

Should they apply for a Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate of Competency (COC) card they will need to have both on the application.


At Nautical Training, we provide training and/or assessment services for each of the following:

  • boat licence, issued by a State or Territory, to operate a recreational vessel; 

Online study (4 hours) plus practical training and assessment face-to-face (8 am – 1 pm)

  • at least 1-day qualifying sea service on a commercial vessel; (7 am – 3 pm)
  • a declaration on the approved form; (Onboard Practical 2 pm – 4 pm)

These training and assessment processes may need to be booked over 1-2-3 days depending on your situation and current experience.  You can Book Online “ link above” or feel free to phone Karla to discuss 0412550570.

Your Nautical Trainer will provide you with a hardcopy portfolio of any forms, information, and/or guidance on making your Coxswain Grade 3 NC (Near Coastal) application.


To be eligible for a Coxswain Grade 3 CoC: 

  1. Be at least 16 years when the certificate is issued.
  2. Be able to speak and understand English, including written documents.
  3. If you need to provide sea service, it should be in the form of a: Record of sea service form 771
  4. Letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer. Or Statutory Declaration
  5. Evidence of medical fitness (including eyesight requirements): Certificate of medical fitness for domestic seafarers form 1850

AMSA Guidance Notice pdf

Marine Order 505 – Certificate of Competency

Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal NC


What will I be able to do with this certificate? 

The holder of this certificate can:

Command and operate engines of a vessel <12 m long that is not carrying more than 6 persons including crew and master (unless a tender) and within 1nm from shore or a parent vessel.

  • If carrying passengers – only in daylight hours.
  • With propulsion power under 100 kW for an inboard engine and under 250 kW for an outboard engine
  • If the vessel is a tender that has a parent vessel, and the tender is capable of communicating with the parent vessel then the tender may operate within 1nm of the parent vessel and in line of sight of the parent vessel. This may be increased to 3nm for a person who satisfies the eligibility requirements mentioned in MO 505.

For non-tender vessels a Coxswain Grade 3 NC COC may operate within a marina;

  • a mooring area in sight and communication of a marina;
  • inland waters;
  • smooth waters;
  • waters within 1nm of shore;
  • waters:
  • of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory; or
  • approved by a State or Territory for daily transit to and from an aquaculture lease; or
  • within 1nm of a State or Territory approved aquaculture lease;
  • waters within 250 m of a structure fixed to the shore.

Command and operate engines of a vessel <12 m long: that is used only for towing people; and

  • with propulsion power for an inboard or outboard engine of < 500 kW; and
  • in waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority; and
  • in daylight hours only, and
  • only within Australia’s EEZ.