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Exemption 38 phased out 1 Jan 2023, superseded by Coxswain Grade 3 - below to be updated in coming weeks

Ex 38 - Marine Safety (Low complexity duties) Exemption 

This is an AMSA approved training course for people who want to operate as a Coxswain in a limited capacity (near coastal). 

Course information 

  • One day training for people with limited maritime experience
  • Half day training for people with RPL and/or industry experience
  • No final AMSA oral examination required for certification

What can I do with Exemption 38?

Exemption 38 is for limited maritime operations that undertake low complexity duties with operators having the following restrictions:

  • Operate during daylight hours
  • Command a vessel <12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine <100kw (130hp) or outboard engine <250kw ( 335hp)
  • Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:
    • Marina operations and mooring areas in sight of the marina
    • Inland waters
    • Any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and, in sight of and in communication with the parent vessel
    • Any other waters approved by the national regulator
  • Without carrying passengers only in the following places or areas:
    • Places and kinds of water as per 'Carry passengers' above
    • Smooth waters, including inland waters
    • Any waters within 1nm from point of departure and within 1nm of the coast
    • Any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a state or territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption
    • Any waters within 250 meters of a structure fixed to the shore
    • Sheltered waters within 2nm from the coast
    • Tow persons only in the following area and situation:
    • Any waters that are waterski areas approved by a state or territory authority, with or without passengers and
    • The vessel has propulsion power, for inboard and outboard, <500kw (650hp)

AMSA information

Limitation and conditions for Ex38 (Recognition of low complexity duties)
Training and assessment criteria.

When can I start operating?

Once you have successfully completed the Final Practical Assessment Record you can commence operations under Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties).  There is no requirement for sea time or a final oral examination.

What to bring?

All applicants need to have a qualified medical practitioner / optometrist test their eyes and complete the Eyesight Test Certificate form which can be found here on AMSA's website.


  • Identification: Australian Driver's Licence or current passport
  • Requirements: All participants must adhere and accept Sea School Marine Training's Terms & Conditions and FAQ.
  • First aid: Attend an external HLTAID003 'Provide first aid' course, or bring your current 'Provide first aid' statement of attainment or similar certificate.
  • Clothing: Work or casual clothes, no thongs.

This course is not nationally accredited.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to ENROL click on the SEA SCHOOL link or call the numbers below (you will be re-directed to Sea School Marine Training's website):


Skippers Ticket Training WA: 0400 130 155 or info@skipperstickettrainingwa.com.au
Sea School Marine Training (NSW): 1300 666 416

This is a business independently owned and operated by Skippers Ticket Training WA licensed to provide marine training services for the Registered Training Organisation Sea School International #91732