Unit Code:
MARF027, MARF028, MARF029, MARF030.
Course Type:
Short Course; Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
Lakes Entrance Seamec

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Course Overview

Elements of Shipboard Safety training provides students with the basic skills to work in the marine industry. Topics include survival techniques, abandon ship drills, Occupational Health and Safety in the maritime workplace, and firefighting. Instruction takes the form of classroom learning and extensive practical activities utilising indoor pools and the waterways of the Gippsland Lakes.

Training comprises of units from the Maritime Training Package MAR20318 - Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1) and can be used as credit towards future maritime courses such as Coxswain Grade 2, Coxswain Grade 1, Master <24m NC or Engine Driver certificates.

Course Dates

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon completion of this course, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Career Opportunities

Commercial maritime employment as a deckhand, General Purpose Hand or credit towards further maritime studies.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements:

  • Completed Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) within the last 5 years; or
  • Have the required seatime experience for an application for an AMSA Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate of Competency
Limitations to entry:

To be eligible for a Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age on the certificate issue date.
  • meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost


Materials Fees

Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information

Bring swimming attire, towel and old shoes (sandshoes, runners or wetsuit booties) which can get wet on the first day.


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Bring swimming attire, towel and old shoes (sandshoes, runners or wetsuit booties) which can get wet on the first day.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules

MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft


Written examinations, observation of practical tasks. Completion of AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment which will be used for further maritime studies and gaining a Certificate of Competency as a Coxswain, Master or Marine Engine Driver.