Course Type:
Short Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
9.00am - 4.00pm
Lakes Entrance Seamec

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Course Overview

SEAMEC offers a full day course for commercial skippers who intend to cross any bar to the ocean and wish to return in a safe manner.  This course also forms the pre-requisite training for commercial operators wishing to gain a Local Knowledge Endorsement LK8 for the Lakes Entrance Bar – Passenger Carrying vessels.

Gain confidence in your ability to understand and negotiate any ocean access bar. The course comprises classroom theory, practical on-water demonstrations and introduces interpretation of charts, weather maps, cloud formations and assessment of conditions at a bar or ocean entrance.


  • How to recognise signage and understand natural phenomena
  • Safe bar crossing protocols
  • The importance of correct usage of safety equipment
  • Procedures for safe bar crossings
  • Boat handling skills

Course Dates

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon completion of this course students will receive a Statement of Participation.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional charter boat operators
  • recreational boaters

Opportunities for Further Study


Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

The learner must hold an appropriate, valid Certificate of Competency (i.e. a Master 24m, Master 35m, Master 80m, Master under 500GT, etc.)


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost


Materials Fees

Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information

Recreational operators will not operate the training vessel on the Bar, however they will accompany the trainer in the vessel while safe bar crossing is demonstrated.

Professional operators will be expected to take control of the vessel under the direct supervision of the trainer and demonstrate safe bar crossings in a 1-on-1 format.


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Polaroid sunglasses
  • Lunch and a drink
  • Appropriate clothing

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


  • Professional - written and practical assessment