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Coxswain Navigation Skill Set

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The Coxswain Navigation Skill Set is an intensive and hands-on three-day course that forms part of the mandatory requirement of the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastalqualification.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Develop and undertake a passage plan for your vessel in recognition of weather and tides
  • Interpret navigational charts and navigational hazards
  • Safely and accurately plot your position using a range of different navigation equipment
  • Apply navigation to coastal voyages

This course provides great skills for recreational and commercial vessel operators alike and is a must for anyone wanting to undertake a boating trip.

Books required: NAUTICALKN Nautical Knowledge (Coxswain): Student learning guide ABF521/SLG


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, allowing you to pay just half of the standard course fees for training in 2021.

The following people will be eligible for the $400 annual course fees cap under Lower fees, local skills.

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills courses, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your training.


This is a targeted skill set related to the Skills Ready program, which is aimed at rebuilding our local businesses and communities with free and reduced-price training. Other skill sets can be found on our Skill sets and short courses (opens in a new tab) page.

Lower fees, local skills price

Full fee: $79.36
Concession: $41.74

Delivery locations and study options

Semester 2

When 6 - 10 September, 2021
Where Karratha Campus
How On campus
When 2 - 6 August, 2021
Where Broome Campus
How On campus

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