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Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

Monday, 22nd June 2020, Booking Info.
40 Hrs
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Course Outline

The Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) course is run over a five day period, based in the classroom and onboard our training vessels. 

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.

Please note that we run this course subject to minimum numbers. 

Entry Requirements

Before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of 6 month sea service on
vessels of more than 15m is required.

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.


We can offer advice regarding accommodation options to suit all budgets.


The price for this course is £585 inc VAT.

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Requirements Checklist
  • 18+ Years of Age

    You must be at-least 18 to attend this course

  • Your Identification Card

    You must bring an official form of identification, such as your Passport, Discharge Book , Driving Licence or National ID.