Efficient Deck Hand


Course Code: OE1EC41


Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre

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Course Overview

Gain an understanding of safe working deck hand practices with the MCA approved Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) short course. Areas covered include seamanship, cargo work, pilot ladders and means of access, shipboard organisation and other associated topics. Assessment will be carried out via direct observation and oral questioning.

Important course information:

In order to comply with STCW Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations, all delegates attending Merchant Navy courses must provide a seaman’s discharge book, passport or driving licence when attending the centre. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to a delay in the issue of your certificate.

Validity of certificate:

There is no expiry date on this certificate.

Medical declaration:

Attention is drawn to the fact that parts of the course are of a physical nature. You will be required to complete a medical declaration when you attend your course.

Entry Requirements

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

  • MCA accepted Yachtmaster offshore certificate and shore-based course 
  • Yacht Rating with at least 6 months’ sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate 
  • Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5-day Watch-keeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates 
  • BML Tier 1 level 2 certificate 
  • Tug rating with at least 6 months’ sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or NWR certificate 
  • Being at least 17 years old 

Please note: before an EDH certificate can be issued, a minimum of 6 months’ sea service in vessels greater than 15m is required. Sea service in category C and D waters will be accepted at full rate.  

Career Options and Progression

Completion of the MCA approved Efficient Deck Hand course is required to apply to become a Certificate of Competency Able Seafarer, or Deck or Engine Officer of the Watch. It may also be required for the position you hold on board the vessel.  

Assessment Methods

This course comprises 4 days’ tuition, followed by a fifth day of both practical and theory assessment. The examination subject areas consist of: 

  • Use of common nautical terms  
  • Provision of LSA and firefighting equipment  
  • Working knowledge of common seamanship techniques, including bends, hitches and splices.  
  • Good working knowledge of the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen (published by MCA)  

Examination syllabus:

For the full examination syllabus, please refer to MSN 1862 (M) Annex C.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The EDH course is 30% theory, 70% practical.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

This course has no work placements and no field trips. 

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

There are no additional costs. The majority of the course is of a hands-on, practical nature. For theory sessions the dress code is smart/casual gear.

You will also need to bring:  

  • writing materials   
  • proof of 6 months’ sea time 
  • Steering Certificate 
  • photographic proof of identity eg passport/driving licence (compulsory to attend the course)

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

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Awarding Body: N/A

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