Job Description

A Deckhand supports the running of a commercial vessel. They are responsible for communications, hospitality, supplies, operating machinery, maintenance and fishing.

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You’ll need training and a licence to qualify for work as a Deckhand.

If you have some previous experience, complete the General Purpose Hand Near Coastal Certificate of Competency to allow you work as a Deckhand in all states and territories.

If you don’t yet have the experience necessary, consider a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.

If you’d like to be able to command a vessel or work your way up to Ship Master, consider a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal). This course will prepare you to command a vessel 35 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone, or act as a Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length.


  • Autonomous
  • Cooperative
  • Diligent
  • Energetic
  • Flexible
  • Integrity
  • Productive
  • Reliable
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Commercial Fishing
  • Vessel Maintenance
  • Passenger Safety
  • Deck Crew
  • Customer Service
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • General Upkeep

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;