In order to be able to use a club boat on a trip the trip must include a Club Coxn. The Coxn is responsible for the safety and success of boat operations. If the Coxn wishes to dive there must be an additional Club Coxn on the trip or a Mate to take charge of the boat whilst the Coxn is diving.
A Sunstar club cox possesses a recognised qualification (such as the BSAC Diver Cox assessment) or has appropriate experience of using power boats. They have experience of using the club boats and, as part of this, have passed the Sunstar Club Cox assessment.
A Club Cox has demonstrated their ability to prepare/tow/launch/recover/wash down the club boat(s), and that they have the necessary skills to plan and run the water-based operations in a safe manner. The Cox is in charge of all boat-related matters during a trip.
The Sunstar Club Cox assessment is purely to do with the safe operation of the club boats and carries no recognition outside of the club. However BSAC diver coxswain (cox'n) is a recognised qualification across the combined diving association (CDA).
The Boat Officer will maintain an up-to-date list of Coxes.
The Boat Officer will maintain an up-to-date list of Mates.
Guidance on becoming a Sunstar Club Coxswain
You should inform the Boat Officer (BO) or Diving Officer (DO) of your wish to become a Cox. The best way to do the assessment is to use an existing Club trip but this will depend on the Cox in charge. You can also gain experience of using the club boat by assisting existing Cox's on club trips. Working in pairs will lighten the load and make it fun. Existing Cox's will only be too happy to have your assistance so get in touch with them and offer to help organise a trip.
The route to gaining a club Cox qualification will depend on your qualifications and experience. You are likely to fit into one of the categories listed below. If you don't then speak to the Boat Officer or Diving Officer.
a) "I have no experience or qualification of handling a boat"
b) "I am already qualified with BSAC or under another agency"
c) "I am an experienced boat user but have no formal qualifications"
d) "I am qualified (BSAC or other agency) but have not used a boat for over a year"
If you do an assessment and the assessor requires you to brush up some aspects you should gain further experience and then go back to the same assessor for completion of the assessment. If this is not possible you should present the Club Coxswain assessment sheet to the new assessor. The assessor can cover minor points by questioning the candidate during the debriefing session.
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The above should cover the majority of scenarios that we need to deal with most of the time. It is not the intention of this document to describe every possible scenario or result that the assessment is likely to encounter. The aim is to provide guidance.