General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Course

MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand)

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.


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 3. This course covers the following units of competency:

This course requires you to provide the following evidence prior to certification:*

  • 5 days sea service on commercial vessels

*Please note that you are expected to gain this sea service independently.

MARB053  – Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel

MARF027 – Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

MARG012 – Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel

MARF028 – Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

MARF029 – Meet work health and safety requirements

MARF030 – Survive at sea using survival craft

MARN016 – Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel
HLTAID011– Provide First Aid

General Purpose Hand Course Cost


Please enquire by emailing to:
OR calling (02) 9736 3655

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

Additional Information

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 is 5 sea time day requirements for this course.

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