Efficient Deckhand

MCA - OOW yacht crew training course
Course Duration: 5 days
Training Centres
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Palma
5 days
Upcoming Classes
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Everyone working on deck needs to gain the knowledge provided in this course, from all the knots and lashings that every seafarer should learn, to more advanced areas such as splicing, whipping, rigging stages and derricks.

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.

We provide this yacht training course in Fort Lauderdale & Palma.


Oral and practical on the final day

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Hold a valid ENG1 certificate
  • One of the following needs to be sighted by Bluewater: (a) An MCA-accepted Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal (MIN 580)
  • 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
  • A minimum of 6 months’ seagoing service in vessels of 15m or more is required and needs to be sighted by Bluewater
Upcoming Classes
Start Date Location Price AVAILABILITY
22 June 2020 Fort Lauderdale $1115 Places available
21 September 2020 Palma €1050 Places available
05 October 2020 Palma €1050 Places available
09 November 2020 Palma €1050 Places available
16 November 2020 Palma €1050 Places available
07 December 2020 Palma €1050 Places available