Coxswain - Queensland Industry Tourism Council


Coxswains manage the operation of small commercial marine vessels, such as ferries, water taxis, jet boats, yachts, catamarans and tourist craft.


  • Manoeuvre and navigate small marine vessels
  • Consult weather authorities before planning a voyage
  • Give instructions to the crew
  • Communicate with passengers
  • Update vessel logbooks
  • Assist with 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
  • Operate pumping systems, and outboard and inboard diesel engines
  • Follow environmental work practices

Future demand

Future demand - strong

How to become a Coxswain