SQA, Skills Funding Agency

STCW Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

STCW Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

Course Outline

The Efficient Deck Hand course is run over a five day period, based in the classroom and onboard our training vessel MV Sea Trident.

Content & Objectives

The course includes theoretical and practical training in all elements of seamanship including:

  • Rope and wire handling
  • Anchors and mooring techniques
  • Opening and closing cargo hatches
  • Cargo gear and rigging
  • Gangway and pilot ladders
  • Watchkeeping and other duties

Learning Mode

Both practical and classroom instruction is delivered at the Red Ensign training facility in Cowes.

Entry Requirements

From the 31 December 2013 EDH will be a requirement for the issue of an OOW (Yacht
less than 3000 GT) CoC. The EDH certificate covers good basic seamanship practice and
the Code of Safe Working Practice for the Merchant Navy.

Note: EDH will not be required for revalidation purposes.

3.2 The requirements for EDH have been amended to allow a more flexible approach for the
yacht, workboat and fishing industry. The following certification and experience will permit
entry on to an EDH course and examination.

a) MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificates and shorebased course;
b) Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or NWR
c) Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing
d) BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; or
e) Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a
steering certificate or a NWR certificate.

Note: before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of 6 month sea service in
vessels of more than 15m is required.


Accommodation is provided onboard the M/V Sea Trident, moored alongside Red Ensign Training in West Cowes. Offered on a full board or B&B basis, cabins with either a shared communal washroom or a shared en-suite (subject to availability). Please check availability by calling us on 01983 294088 or email.


The price for this course is £585 inc VAT.

The package price (course plus 5 nights full-board accommodation) is £785 inc VAT.