MARSS00008 - Shipboard Safety

This fast paced course is very popular and essential for anyone playing or working on the water.

It really is for everyone, including recreational boat owners , their friends & family, volunteer crew, sailing or boat club members, competitive sailors, fishing club members and is a compulsory OHS unit for GPH Deckhands, Coxswains, Engineers and Masters.

You will learn a diverse range of skills, including survival techniques, safe working procedures for emergency situations on board a vessel, survival techniques on a vessel in an emergency situation, as well as abiding by safe working procedures.

The course includes face-to-face teaching in the classroom as well as demonstrations on donning a life jacket, use of the EPIRB, safety equipment checks, crew drills, how to use a fire extinguisher and line handling basics, and the essentials in the grab bag.

Be prepared for the practical. This is an exciting experience with many challenges throughout the day, and our professional in-water and onboard trainers will assist the young and the old. During the in-water sea survival drills and tasks, the trainer will activate a real life raft and you will be involved in many exercises relating to abandon ship scenarios.

Course Fees: Only $620.00

OR 4 fortnightly payments of only $155.00

Visit the Enrol Now button below for all payment options.

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Course Details

Why Choose (M.T.A) The Marine Training Academy?
  • We are committed to delivering the highest standards of training to ensure you succeed
  • We offer flexible study options
  • We offer flexible payment options
  • Our trainers are professional and experienced seafarers
Who is this Course For

This course is for anyone who works or wishes to work as a Near Coastal Coxswain, Master, Marine Engine Driver or, where stipulated, as a deckhand on a commercial coastal vessel

Course Fees

Course Cost – $620.00 upfront or $155.00 per fortnight x 4

How To Enrol

To enrol, simply:

  1. Click on the Enrol Now Button
  2. Pay your course fees.
  3. Complete the online enrolment form
  4. You will receive an instant email receipt and will be contacted shortly after to complete your course induction and to confirm your booking.

If you need to cancel your course due to an emergency or work, be assured your course enrolment can be transferred to another date, course or person within a 12-month period or, you can apply for a refund in extenuating circumstances. Refer to our refund policy for more information.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; however M.T.A informs participants that they will need to have at least a basic swimming ability in order to successfully complete the practical.

​This skill set is part of the regulatory requirements to obtain most near coastal Certificates of Competency. For other regulatory requirements please visit the AMSA website.

Course Delivery

The Elements of Shipboard Safety Skill Set is made up of 4 units of competency:

  • 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

All of our assessments are conducted through online software in class.

* Please note: for these units you will be required to undertake a few physical activities such as:

  • swimming in a group for a minimum of 50 metres
  • swimming in a lifejacket for a minimum of 50 metres
  • towing with a life jacket for a minimum of 25 metres
  • remaining afloat without a lifejacket for at least 5 minutes.
  • boarding a life raft unassisted while wearing a lifejacket and assisting others to board
  • jumping safely from a height into the water while wearing a lifejacket

Please contact us prior to your course if you feel you may be physically unable to complete these tasks and we will be able to discuss your options.

Course Overview

The course will teach you survival techniques, safe working procedures for emergency situations on board a vessel, survival techniques on a vessel in an emergency situation, and how to abide safe working procedures.


Our highly experienced team of industry professionals will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to confidently adhere to safety requirements in a maritime environment.


Successful completion of this certification is a requirement if applying to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for Certificate of Competency for:


GPH General Purpose Hand
Coxswain Grade 3 NC
Coxswain Grade 2 NC
Coxswain Grade 1 NC
Sailing Master Coastal NC
Sailing Master Offshore NC
Master (Inland waters) NC
Master <24 m NC
Master <45 m NC
Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC
Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC
Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 NC


Refer to Marine Order 505 Schedule 1 for Duties and functions for which a certificate of competency is required.

Refer to Marine order 505 Schedule 3 for Eligibility and sea service requirements.


Units Delivered

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

What To Bring

Identification: Australian Drivers Licence, current passport or birth certificate, Unique Student Identifier (USI)


RPL (if applying): Academic transcripts of previous qualifications, CV, letters from employers

Electronic Device: capable of doing assessments online e.g. phone, tablet or laptop

Clothing: Work or casual clothes for both theory and practical days

Footwear: Deck shoes, joggers, sandshoes or work boots (no thongs)

Radio day: 1 x Passport photo for Marine Radio course

Fight Fire day:

  • No synthetic outer clothing, socks or underwear
  • Long sleeve ‘cotton’ work shirt
  • Long ‘cotton’ pants or jeans
  • Hair is to be tied back, if applicable

Sea Survival day:

  • In-water sea survival clothing to include a t-shirt or shirt plus pants
  • Spare set of clothes to wear after sea survival in water practical
  • Lunch, a bottle of water, large towel, warm jacket, and strong large plastic bag for wet clothes

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