Obtaining your Ex38 Certificate of Competency (CoC) is a manageable process that allows you to operate commercial vessels. It’s a requirement of boaters in Australia and our friends at MatesBoat can help. They’ve provided a comprehensive guide to getting your Ex38 COC. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a summary of the steps involved:

Here’s a quick overview of the steps:

1. Choose a Training Provider:

Enroll in a reputable training course, typically costing around $500 AUD. Marine Training Services in Geelong is one such provider.

2. Online Written Component:

Complete a 2-hour online written portion covering theoretical knowledge related to boating and maritime regulations.

3. Practical Boat Handling:

Conduct practical boat handling assessments, which include:

  • Completing a Figure 8 maneuver.
  • A man overboard drill.
  • Anchoring at a mooring.
  • Deploying an anchor.
  • Docking the boat.

An instructor provides instructions and demonstrations, and you can repeat tasks if necessary. Docking can be tricky for new boaters. Check out our full guide on “How to Dock a Boat”.

4. Multiple Choice Exam:

Pass a multiple-choice exam with approximately 34 questions. A 70% pass mark is typical.

5. Knot Tying Assessment:

Demonstrate your ability to tie essential knots, including the reef knot, bowline, round turn 2 half hitches, and clove hitch.

Interested in learning more about how to tie up a boat? Read the full guide now.

6. Medical Requirements:

Complete a near Coastal EyeSight Test Certificate (AMSA 542) administered by a doctor or optometrist, costing around $74.

7. First Aid Certification:

Obtain a current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID011) online, along with a 2-hour practical CPR session.

8. Radio Licence:

Obtain a radio licence issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) if required by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

9. Upcoming Changes:

As of January 1, 2023, the Ex38 qualification will be replaced by the Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal CoC, which includes new requirements, such as a first-aid certificate and a medical fitness certificate from a doctor. The maximum number of passengers will also be limited to six, including the master and crew. Staying informed about evolving regulations is crucial.

By following these steps, you can obtain your Ex38 CoC and operate a commercial vessel effectively. If you’re interested to learn more, be sure to check out the complete guide, courtesy of MatesBoat:

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