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General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Course

MAR10313 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

deckhand course

Deckhand Course is the first step towards your career in the maritime industry.

The course focuses on developing the practical skills and knowledge required to work as a General Purpose Hand on board a vessel. Students of this deckhand course will learn to assist with deck operations on vessels up to 80m in Near Coastal waters.

This course covers the following units of competency:

MARB001 Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel
MARF001 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF002 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF004 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF005 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARG001 Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARN001 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a vessel
MARO001 Perform basic lookout duties

Deckhand Course Cost

$1,200 (The course fee includes cost of learning resources, materials and external providers fees. There are no other fees or charges applicable to this course except when a student requests to replace or reissue their qualification, statement of attainment or transcripts.)

NB. Students must be 16 years old or more to participate in this course.

Course duration

Students attend:

  • Classroom at d’Albora Marinas Cabarita for three days
  • one day underway on MV Medusa (surveyed Charter vessel) at Cabarita
  • one six hour session for Survive at Sea Practical demonstration and assessment with our approved training provider (Offshore Maritime Training Australia, RTO. 40495 , Warringah Aquatic Centre, Phone 0428 749 166)
  • one two hour session for Fire Fighting demonstration and assessment with our approved training provider (Fire and Safety Australia, RTO. 22250, Wetherill Park Fire Grounds, Phone 1300 885530)


There are Foundation Skills and Employment Skills that are essential to meet the Performance Criteria of all units.

Therefore it is required that the participants taking this unit would have numeracy and literacy skills of a year 10 student in the Australian school or equivalent.

To enrol in this course you should also have basic computer skills including skills to undertake online research. This means students should have access to a computer with internet connection.

There are no sea time requirements for this course.

Licensing requirements

The General Purpose Hand ticket requires no sea service, but applicants must be over the age of 16, be medically fit, hold a current first aid certificate and have completed the Certificate 1 Maritime Operations Course.


More information

For further information on this deckhand course, please refer to our brochure here: Course Brochure


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