A Deckhand supports the running of a commercial vessel. They are responsible for communications, hospitality, supplies, operating machinery, maintenance and fishing.
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.
- Team Player
- Commercial Fishing
- Vessel Maintenance
- Passenger Safety
- Deck Crew
- Customer Service
- Preventative Maintenance
- General Upkeep