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Apprenticeship training course

Seafarer (deck rating) (level 2)

Working as part of the navigation department on ships and other vessels, keeping watch and maintaining safety and security, and carrying out a range of practical tasks.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Transport and logistics
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Able Seafarer
  • Deck Rating
  • Deckhand
  • Efficient Deck Hand
  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Seafarer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Create/adapt access to/egress from the vessel that is needed for the situation, and within the limits of own responsibilities. For example, access to vehicle decks or walkways.
  • Respond to all emergency and security situations on board in line with assigned duties.
  • Assist with deployment and operations of emergency equipment applicable to the situation.
  • Operate firefighting equipment appropriate to the situation and in accordance with procedures.
  • Administer the right emergency first aid that is applicable to the situation.
  • Assist with the safe handling of a vessel in a high traffic density environment in tidal and non-tidal conditions including in ports, locks and in the vicinity of obstructions and other fixed infrastructure.
  • Assist with bridge look-out duties in line with organisational procedures whilst complying with industry regulations.
  • Determine which deck operations to prioritise, to meet operational objectives, while maintaining safe practice.
  • Maintain vessels in a safe and seaworthy condition in accordance with regulations and procedures. Assist with maintaining vessel machinery (including deck equipment) in full operational condition.
  • Work as part of a team in order to achieve operational goals.
  • Identify and follow organisational/industry procedures and working practices.
  • Identify and report risks in accordance with own organisation’s procedures.
  • Select the appropriate communication method needed for the situation and the audience.
  • Use appropriate mooring configurations and equipment in relation to the prevailing tidal, weather conditions and vessel design characteristics.
  • Execute anchoring procedure as instructed.
  • Minimise risks to marine pollution within limits of own operational responsibilities.

Full information on Seafarer (deck rating) (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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