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Training at sea – Take advantage of this offer to participate in maritime training and gain seatime during voyage

Vessel  “Sydney Sundancer” departing Hamilton Island on Saturday 14th October arriving in Sydney a couple of weeks later. Visiting Percy Island, Rosslyn Bay, Lady Musgrave Island, Fraser Island, Mooloolaba and Coff Harbour (depending on weather).

Put your training into practice with passage planning, coastal navigation, seamanship, port entry and bar crossings.

This is not a paid position but an opportunity to expand your “ticket” if it is restricted to sheltered waters.

interested candidates should contact John Boyce or phone 0417311941 for details and costs.

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Take this opportunity to gain open seatime and Task Book sign off for your maritime qualification with a Master <35m/MED 1

The yacht “Lady Katherine” will be departing Townsville to Airlie Beach on either Monday 25  or Tuesday 26 September.

Are you looking for night navigation, open sea time and Task Book sign offs up to 24m and MED 3.

Cost $300 per pax (for Airlie crew) to include transfers from Airlie to Townsville departing from Whitsunday Sailing Club at 1700 on the 24 September. Cost includes food, berth on board and the above maritime training.

Phone or email Kaye Williams at Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre to book or for more information.

Ph 49466710


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Tropical Cyclone Debbie – update

4.4.17 – Our phones and email are back up and running! Our scheduled Shipboard Safefy course is going ahead this Thursday and Friday, 6 & 7 April. Phone 07 4946 6710 to book a place.


Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre is still standing after the fury of Tropical Cyclone Debbie ripped through Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays area.

Our training vessel has copped a bit of damage so it is out of action for a couple of weeks until we can get it repaired.

The training rooms are without power and water, which should be restored over the next few days, and we have a fair bit of cleaning up to do. However, we are hopeful we can still offer some of our scheduled courses.

The following courses are cancelled:

BoatSafe 1 & 8 April

Jetski 2 April

We expect to be available answering any queries by Monday 3 April. Please contact Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre on 07 4946 6710 or


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New AMSA approved Task Books

New 2017 AMSA approved task books officially came into circulation on 1 January. There are a few changes from the 2014 task books, which can be read in the Guidance Notice – AMSA727 Task Books.

The 2014 task books may continue to be used in the same manner as previously, and there is no expiry date.

The 2017 task book rules for issue, use and completion are contained in the front of the task book.

To qualify for a reduction in the amount of sea service that is required a task book must be completed in accordance with the rules given in the front of the particular task book.

  • AMSA 2014 task books must be signed off by a RTO as 100% complete before the seafarer completes the certificate or diploma course of study if the seafarer wishes to qualify for the sea service reduction.
  • AMSA 2017 task books must be signed off by a representative of a RTO, or the final assessor, to verify that the task book has been completed to the extent possible given the equipment, cargo or voyage pattern of the seafarer’s vessel(s). A minimum of 80% of all tasks in the task book must be completed. Task book sign off can occur at any time during the certification process.

All tasks must be completed in a single book. It is not acceptable to have some tasks signed off in a 2014 task book and some in a 2017 task book.

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Position Vacant – Casual Maritime Instructor

Are you looking for an opportunity to pass on your maritime skills and knowledge to new mariners?

If yes, then come along and join our team!

Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre is seeking a committed and well presented Maritime Instructor to deliver and assess the following maritime short courses:

  • Queensland Recreational Boat Licence (Boatsafe) & PWC (Jetski)
  • Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties)
  • Shipboard Safety Skill Set
  • Marine Radio

Required qualifications:

  • Minimum Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal
  • Current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Please phone 07 4946 6710 for more information, or email your expression of interest with CV to


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Coxswain Grade 2 and 1 course dates

The last Coxswain course for the year at Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre is on next month, from 17 – 28 October. Book your place now!

Phone 07 4946 6710 for information and details of our flexible learning program.

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Exemption 38

Are you working or wanting to work on domestic commercial vessels that undertake low complexity duties?

Our next two day course is on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September.

Click here for more information on Exemption 38.

Phone Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre on 07 4946 6710 to book your place.



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CoST Refresher course dates

The Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) continued competence refresher training is for CoST Certificate holders who have the required qualifying sea service as per AMSA Requirements for Qualifying Sea Service.

Course dates 2016

August  20 –  21 

November 12 – 13

Course fee   $1125.00   (Deposit $300.00)

This course is held over two 6 hour days:

Personal Survival Techniques                               STCW Table A-VI/1-1            12pm – 6pm

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Basic)             STCW Table A-VI/1-2          8.30am – 2.30pm

The purpose of this course and training is to provide required refresher training for those seafarers who hold a Certificate of Safety Training issued in perpetuity – or with an expiry date pre 31 December 2016 in fire prevention and firefighting in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 as amended (STCW).

Reference AMSA Marine Notice 7/2016

AMSA1569 Fact Sheet Seafarer Certifications STCW 06 

Email or phone 07 4946 6710

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Certificate of Safety Training – Refresher

WMTC has received AMSA approval to conduct the Certificate of Safety Training (STCW) refresher course.

Dates soon to be advised.

Express your interest now on 07 4946 6710.

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Bareboat Briefers Course 19 & 20 May

The Bareboat Briefers Course is back at the Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre.

This Thursday and Friday 19 & 20 May from 9.00am to 4.00pm. $250 per person.

Your local experienced instructors, Tony Fontes and Gary Hughes, will teach you all you need to know about operating in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and how to be the best Bareboat Briefer in the Whitsundays.

Phone 07 4946 6710 now to book a place, or express your interest in the next course.

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