A Cox Swain (Skipper) is responsible for performing public
order policing and crime prevention functions in the water (sea,
river) with use of police water vessels such as boats. A Cox
Swain also provides assistance to police divers by transporting
them by boats to the points of diving and during searching of
crime scenes . He/she also transports bodies from the drowning
point to the river shore and they use police dogs for rescue and
search purposes in the water.
What are the minimum requirements to
become a Cox Swain?
An individual must have completed Basic Police Training and
must have at least two years functional experience. He/she must
be able to swim one of the internationally recognised strokes or
be prepared to undergo swimming lessons.
The Logistical College of the South African Police Service in
Benoni provides a seventeen months training. Training include
Deckhand Module Course that covers marine fire fighting, marine
first aid, efficiency life raft, maritime life procedures,
construction of vessels that entails robe work, electronic
navigation, outboard and inboard repairs, fibre glass repairs
and 4 x 4 handling skills.
Where can you be stationed?
A Cox Swain can be stationed at any of the Police diving
units country wide.
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