A coxswain commands and navigates a commercial vessel under 12 metres in length, operating within the limits of sheltered and inshore waters, that is, in waters within 5 nautical miles from the coast. As master of a small fishing or trading vessel, they are responsible for supervising other crew and passengers.
They are also expected to lead a crew and make decisions under pressure, such as taking appropriate actions in an emergency. Other tasks for a coxswain include maintaining the operations of engines (less than 100 Kw), updating vessel logbooks, assisting in mooring and unmooring vessels, and keeping watch. Commercial vessels under the command of a coxswain can include passenger vessels, charter vessels, water taxis, tourist craft, and fishing vessels.
MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)