Tribal Warrior Maritime Training

Training disadvantaged Australians in maritime qualifications

Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation is the only Indigenous Maritime Training Company operating within Australia. Our specialised training programs are all facilitated by a qualified Maritime trainers (OTEN).

The Tribal Warrior has successfully trained many skippers who have gained employment and are working boats around Sydney Harbour. Many of our former students are now gainfully employed working in the offshore industry. We have trained youth at risk from all corners of Australia and are currently offering a full range of maritime courses at different levels.

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General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand)

General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) is a short course and will teach you Survival, Firefighting, Safety, Seamanship, communication skills and First Aid. This qualification allows you to get a job as a deckhand or similar on commercial vessels. Anyone can enter this course. Once completed you will also be able to qualify for a Record of Service / task book and start working towards higher qualifications.


The Coxswains certificate builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) and will teach you basic navigation, engineering, legislation, Collision Regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refueling, environmental considerations. This may qualify you to skipper a vessel up to 12 metres in length up to 15 miles offshore. Coxswains work driving water taxis, skippering yachts, work boats, diving vessels Fisheries vessels.

Marine Engine Driver (MED) 3

The MED 3 is the first engineering qualification required. MED 3 allows you to act as Engineer on a vessel under 250kW up to 100nm from land or up to 500kW less than 15nm from land. Most vessels less than 24 metres in length do not carry separate engineers and the master usually holds both deck and engineering qualification. You require less sea time to be eligible for a MED 3 than you do a Master Class 5 so many choose to complete the MED 3 before completing their Master Class 5.

Master Class 5

This next Deck Certificate after the Coxswains, a Master 5 enables you to skipper a vessel up to 24 metres. In Master 5 you will learn additional navigational skills, radar, stability, higher understanding of vessel handling and manoeuvring, watchkeeping, safe working loads and seamanship. Many Master fives work driving charter vessels, small ferries, yachts, sailing ships, fishing vessels and workboats.

Marine Engine Driver (MED) 2

After MED 3 you can get the MED 2 qualification which will enable you to act as Engineer on a vessel up to 500kW up to 200 from land. For most vessels a MED 3 will be adequate, but when you are offshore and something happens to your engine or machinery it helps to know as much as possible about the engine and machinery on board. A MED 2 will also give you additional knowledge and skills to maintain your vessel.

Master Class 4

After Master 5 the next certificate is Master 4 which enables you to be in charge of vessels up to 35 metres offshore or 80 metres inshore. The Master 4 syllabus builds on content in topics learnt in Master 5 plus additionally Cargo work is learnt. Master Class 4 holders usually work on larger charter vessels, ferries, yachts, tug boats, work boats, sailing ships and fishing vessels.

Marine Engine Driver (MED) 1

After MED 2 the next Engineering qualification is MED 1. A MED 1 will give you additional knowledge and skills and enable you to act as Engineer on a vessel up to 1500kW up to 200 from land. To qualify for the Certificate of Competency you will need 24 months seatime which includes engineering duties.

Tribal Warrior Association Inc. empowers disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-indigenous people by providing specialised training and mentoring programs leading to employment opportunities.