General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Course

General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Course

MAR10318 Certificate I In Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

When will the new units come into effect? The new training package for the General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Course will be implemented within the next 12 months at all Registered Training Organisations.

I already have my deckhand ticket from NSW Maritime, do I need to do anything? No, your ticket is still recognised by NSW Maritime. I completed the deckhand course but haven’t had my ticket issued by NSW Maritime yet.

What should I do? As long as you present your certificate and application form before 30 June 2014, you do not need to do anything further.

Students must be 16 years old or more to participate in this 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 is delivered in a blended format. ie partly completed at home in your own time using an online training package and partly completed on our training vessels.

Once you have completed the online enrolment and paid the prescribed fee you will be able to register with a username and password that will provide the gateway to your online learning resources. These resources are available to you even after course completion for an unlimited time for your future reference.

The online training package has assignments and assessments where resources are provided. There may be some extra research required by you for which you can conduct using the Australian Boating Manual which is also provided to you free of charge upon enrolment.

Note: AMPA (AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment) is not required for this course

Students will receive:

A dedicated trainer
All the learning resources necessary to complete the course
Sea Survival Practical 
Firefighting Practical 
Copy of the Australian Boating Manual 5th Edition 2015
Administration finalisation

The total amount of practical days will be 2 plus 1 day finalisation and will be scheduled accordingly.
This course covers the following units of competency:

MARB001 Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires onboard a vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030 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



Admin Fee


Course Booking 

Please enquire by emailing at:

OR calling 02 97363655

Payment Options

Payments accepted are: credit card VISA or Mastercard,  cash or by electronic funds transfer to:

Maritime Training School

BSB: 012 445

Acc: 305110809

Ref: Invoice Number and your name

Payment plans are available via Studypay. Please ask one of friendly staff if you would like this option.

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.