Trainee Deckhand - NPA (SCQF Level 5)

This 12-week course is designed for those looking to enter the maritime sector in a deckhand capacity.


North East Scotland College, Peterhead
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This course is available on the North East Scotland College website.


Why take this course?

This is a course specifically designed for new entrants interested in exploring a maritime career.

This course covers the basic requirements of a trainee deckhand. It provides the necessary training to enter the Merchant Navy; the offshore supply and standby vessel fleet and the fishing industry.

In addition to the National Progression Award (NPA) in Maritime Studies, you may achieve STCW basic safety training and Seafish mandatory safety certificates (current COVID restrictions permitting) allowing you to work at sea.

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What you will experience

  • Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring
  • Vessel construction and stability
  • Basic navigational watchkeeping
  • Maritime sector overview
  • Seamanship
  • Safety training (personal survival techniques; first aid; personal safety and social responsibilities and security awareness)

About North East Scotland College

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North East Scotland College is the single largest provider of vocational education and training in the North East of Scotland.

We have a course to suit everyone; whether you’re fresh out of school, currently working, returning to education or simply want to try something new – whatever your educational or occupational background, an opportunity awaits at NESCol.

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