Efficient Deckhand

MCA - OOW yacht crew training course
Course Duration: 5 days
Training Centres
  • Palma
  • Antibes
  • Fort Lauderdale
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. 

This course is free with your ONE Account vouchers.

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


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
  • Proof of a minimum of 6 months’ seagoing service in vessels of 15m or more needs to be sighted by Bluewater. This should be presented in a discharge book or certificate of discharge backed up with a sea service testimonial.
  • MSN 1862 6.2 Seagoing service must be in the deck department and will be reckoned from the date of engagement to the date of discharge. Your qualifying seagoing service must have been performed within the previous 5 years
  • I have a sufficient level of spoken and written English to understand the course content and to pass any verbal or written assessments.
Upcoming Classes
Start Date Location Price AVAILABILITY
13 February 2023 Palma €1050 No place left
20 February 2023 Antibes €1050 1 place left
06 March 2023 Antibes €1050 Limited places
13 March 2023 Fort Lauderdale $1115 Places available
13 March 2023 Palma €1050 Limited places
27 March 2023 Palma €1050 Limited places
17 April 2023 Antibes €1050 Places available
01 May 2023 Palma €1050 Places available
22 May 2023 Antibes €1050 Places available
12 June 2023 Antibes €1050 Places available
23 October 2023 Fort Lauderdale $1115 Places available