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Maritime Studies-Trainee Deckhand



Course format On-site
Date 2022-01-10 - 2022-04-08
Duration 12 weeks
Cost £1850

This is a course specifically designed for new entrants interested in exploring a maritime career.

This course covers the basic requirements of a trainee deckhand. It provides the necessary training to enter the Merchant Navy; the offshore supply and standby vessel fleet and the fishing industry.

In addition to the National Progression Award (NPA) in Maritime Studies, you may achieve STCW basic safety training and Seafish mandatory safety certificates (current COVID restrictions permitting) allowing you to work at sea.

What you will experience

  • Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring
  • Vessel construction and stability
  • Basic navigational watchkeeping
  • Maritime sector overview
  • Seamanship
  • Safety training (personal survival techniques; first aid; personal safety and social responsibilities and security awareness)


No formal qualifications are required. You must be at least 16 years old and hold a basic level of core skills.

Grant opportunities

Fee waiver may apply

Most full-time NC/NQ/Higher (non-advanced) students, who are ordinarily resident in Scotland, or are a refugee resident in Scotland before the course starts, will have their fees paid direct to the College by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). This is called fee waiver.


ISCED Categories

Navigation and seamanship