Lakes Entrance Bar Crossing for Professional Operators

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 Code


Course Type

Short Course

Study mode

On Campus


1 Session


Lakes Entrance Seamec


9.00am - 4.00pm

Career opportunities

  • Professional charter boat operators
  • recreational boaters

Opportunities for further study


Qualifications and Recognition

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


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.

Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

  • Polaroid sunglasses
  • Lunch and a drink
  • Appropriate clothing

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.)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.