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 in 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
- carry out refuelling and fuel transfer operations
- operate pumping systems and inboard diesel engines.
Fishing Charter Operator
A fishing charter operator manages a fishing charter business, which may include work as a coxswain.
Coxswains may operate vessels up to 12 metres in length in waters up to 15 nautical miles seaward off the coast. 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
- good eyesight
- good health and able to pass a medical examination.