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Deckhand

Carry out various tasks to support the running of a commercial vessel.

What's it like to be a Deckhand?

A Deckhand supports the running of a commercial vessel. They are responsible for communications, hospitality, supplies, operating machinery, maintenance and fishing.

Deckhand

Tasks and duties

  • Send communications and signals via radio and satellite to the crew, neighbouring vessels and marine authorities.
  • Load and unload equipment and supplies.
  • Operate mechanical devices, such as winches.
  • Sail small vessels, such as dinghies, dories and catamarans.
  • Catch seafood using poles, nets and traps.
  • Sort, fillet, clean, prepare or preserve seafood hauls.
  • Undertake hospitality duties for crew and patrons, such as bar service, cabin attendance and kitchen duties.
  • Clean and maintain surfaces and fixtures of the ship.

What can I earn as a Deckhand?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Deckhand is between $65k and $75k

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How to become a Deckhand


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You’ll need training and a licence to qualify for work as a Deckhand.

  1. If you have some previous experience, complete the General Purpose Hand Near Coastal Certificate of Competency to allow you work as a Deckhand in all states and territories.
  2. If you don’t yet have the experience necessary, consider a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand) (MAR10318) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  3. If you’d like to be able to command a vessel or work your way up to Ship Master, consider a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal) (MAR40618). This course will prepare you to command a vessel 35 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone, or act as a Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length.

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How do Deckhands rate their role?

Latest reviews from 8 Deckhands surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.1
Job satisfaction
3.0
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
3.1
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
Being a deckhand is an entry level position into an industry with plenty of potential for career advancement
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Marine
The good things
It’s a great job to have if you like being hands on, problem solving, being outdoors, working in unique locations, traveling
The challenges
It can be physically demanding and often long hours. A high level of presentation must be maintained. Boats can be messy, cramped and awkward places to work.
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Nov 2018
A deckhand: from one extreme to the other.
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Deckhand
The good things
The company I am employed to allows for a long break over Christmas time and New Years. Due to the seasonal aspect of the job, I am able to plan ahead and enjoy long holidays at the end of the season....
The challenges
While there are many positives things about working as a deckhand, it comes with some challenges too. The hard physical work can be quite draining as the days are long and hot. Working out to sea also...
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Working hours for Deckhands

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Deckhands?

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National increase over next 5 years *
1.8%
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