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Start your marine career safely!

Learn 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.

This certificate satisfies requirements for Shipboard Safety under the National Standard for Commercial Vessels Section D4.2 Successful completion of this course is mandatory for anyone working on board commercial vessels and is also a requirement if applying to a state marine authority for Certificate of Competence as a Coxswain Grade 1 or 2, Master Class < 24, Master Class < 35, MED 3, 2 or 1. Course details


Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns

Key dates and info


Full time: 1 week / 2.5 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $620

Cost details

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Key dates

Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns 26 Feb 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom
23 Apr 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom
11 Jun 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom
23 Jul 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom
10 Sep 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom
15 Oct 2018 Full time / 2.5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

You must be a minimum of 16 years of age. As this course involves strenuous water activities, you may be required to complete a medical declaration prior to commencing training.


Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns
55-61 Tingira Street
Cairns QLD 4870

Resources required

Appropriate clothing and protective footwear must be worn at all times. Swimmers and towel are required for survival practice. A notebook and pen are required for theory components.


International Marine College (Cairns): This course is delivered full time over 2.5 days, Monday & Tuesday 8:30am – 4:30pm and Wednesday 8:30am –1pm.

Pimlico (Townsville): This course is delivered full time over 2.5 days, Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30am – 4:30pm and Thursday 8:30am –1pm.


MARF001 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment Core
MARF002 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel Core
MARF004 Meet work health and safety requirements Core
MARF005 Survive at sea using survival craft Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 5 February 2018

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