South West Maritime Academy is running an Efficient Deck Hand course in June 2018. Including seamanship skills, rope work, rigging and the Code of Safe Working practices. 
Essential for MCA Officer of the Watch (Yacht <3000gt) CoC
£550 £495 per person

With SaltyJobs Crew Membership 10% Discount


SaltyJobs Offer 10% Discount
Event MCA Efficient Deck Hand Course
Date 18-21st June 2018
Training Centre South West Maritime Academy
Location Quarry nr. Bristol/Gloucester, GL12 8AA, UK
Duration 4 days (0900-1700hrs)
Usual Price £550
SaltyJobs Members’ Price £495

MCA Efficient Deck Hand Course: 18th – 21st June 2018 

South West Maritime Academy is running a 4-day Efficient Deck Hand course. They’re based at an awesome old quarry in Gloucestershire, and are purveyors of the very finest maritime training. 

We’ve been working with South West Maritime Academy for a little while now, and are pleased to launch this latest offer. SaltyJobs members can get a fantastic 10% off this course, running on the 23rd April 2018. 

The Efficient Deck Hand course is a fantastic investment for anyone working on bigger yachts. From tall ships to super yachts, this is a requirement if you want to progress to your MCA Officer of the Watch certification. This is also aimed at experienced seafarers, with prerequisites mentioned below. Using your SaltyJobs discount brings this down to less than £500. This really is fantastic value not only for your career, but as an investment in your skillset & self-confidence, whatever your background. 

P.S. It sounds so good, our founder Eleanor is going.

What Will It Cover?

This Efficient Deck Hand course will include:

  1. Nautical knowledge
  2. Code of Safe Practice for Merchant Seamen (COSWP) 1998
  3. Shipboard maintenance
  4. Rope work and rigging
  5. Mooring
  6. Anchoring
  7. Cargo work

You can read more about each of these sections of the course on South West Maritime Academy’s website here.

Upon successful completion of the course participants are awarded an MCA-approved certificate. This course is a requirement for the issue of an Officer of the Watch (Yacht less than 3000 Gt) CoC and also for the Able Seafarer Deck Certificate Regulation II/5.

Joining Requirements

The requirements for the EDH course have been amended to allow a more flexible approach for the yacht, workboat and fishing industry. Any of the following certification and experience will permit entry on to an EDH course and examination:

  1. MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificates and shorebased course
  2. Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or Navigational Watch Rating certificate
  3. Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates
  4. BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates
  5. Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or a Navigational Watch Rating certificate


Certification: Upon successful completion you will be awarded an MCA approved certificate in Efficient Deck Hand

Certificate validity: This certificate does not expire

Important: Before an EDH certificate can be issued, a minimum of 6 months sea service onboard vessels 15m+ is required.


South West Maritime Academy have a fantastic reputation for extremely high quality training. They are based at their own quarry in Gloucestershire, 25 minutes from just Bristol or Gloucester. This is a great part of the country, home to many fantastic shipyards and tall ships, with a community of its own useful to know about.

Their address is: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

Dates & Times

The week will run from Monday 18th June to Thursday 21st June 2018, 09:00-17:00 hours each day.

The Cost & What’s Included

Price £550 per person. 10% SaltyJobs discount brings this down to £495. A great investment in your career, and unlocking the pathway to higher MCA OoW certificates of competency. 

This includes the cost of the 4-day course, all associated materials, and your certificate. You will need to arrange your own local accommodation but South West Maritime Academy can help with this. 


Join now to get your 10% discount

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