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.
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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How to become a Deckhand
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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