Students learn how safely to turn up berthing lines on bits, capstans and windlasses and the correct type of stopper to use. The qualities and characteristics of different types of rope, the calculation of safe working loads, the importance and significance of test certificates and the application on deck of the Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seaman.
This course is taught over 4 days with an oral and practical examination on the last day. Students would be well advised to arrive with the ability to tie most of the standard nautical knots in order to get through the syllabus in 4 days.
Note that from January 2017, an EDH certificate must be issued 18 months prior to the issue of your OOW Certificate of Competency.
Assessment Oral and practical on the final day
At least 17 years of age, Hold a valid ENG1 certificate, Hold one of the following: (a) An MCA-accepted Yachtmaster Offshore, or (b) A Yacht Rating with at least 6 months' seagoing service and a steering certificate, or (c) An NWR certificate, or (d) A Boat Master Licence (BML) Tier 1 Level 2 certificate, or (e) A Tug Rating with at least 6 months' seagoing service and a steering certificate or an NWR Certificate, NOTE - before an EDH certificate can be issued, a minimum of 6 months' seagoing service in vessels of 15m or more is required.