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Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

About this course

  A theoretical and practical course that enables an understanding of shipboard organisation and operations, pilot ladders and means of access, cargo work, safety and seamanship, including knots, splicing and whipping and seizing.

The following course content is included:

Shipboard organisation and operations
Shipboard organisation, parts of a vessel, deck equipment, lookout reporting, helm orders, anchoring and mooring arrangements etc.

Pilot ladders and means of access
Rigging a pilot ladder, means of access, boarding arrangements etc.

Cargo work
Hatch covers, derricks and cranes, blocks and tackles, containers and securing arrangements etc.

COSWOP, IMO safety signs, enclosed spaces, fire extinguishers, lifeboat and liferaft launching etc.

Rope types and construction, knots, bends and hitches, rigging a bosun’s chair and stage, rope and wire splicing, whipping and seizing, parcelling and serving etc.

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Summary course information


How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.


Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 28 October 2019 Yes £650 Book
Monday 25 November 2019 Yes £650 Book
Monday 2 December 2019 Yes £650 Book
Monday 17 February 2020 No £650 Enquire
Monday 30 March 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 20 April 2020 No £650 Enquire
Monday 1 June 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 15 June 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 22 June 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 29 June 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 13 July 2020 Yes £650 Book
Monday 20 July 2020 Yes £650 Book
Wednesday 1 September 2021 Yes Enquire

Course information

Next available date

Monday 28 October 2019


1 week






Examination (for cadets a one-day assessment).

Teaching methods

Theory and practical sessions.


At least 17 years of age.

Hold a valid ENG1 certificate.

Hold at least one of the following:

  • MCA accepted Yachtmaster Coastal certificate and shorebased course
  • Yacht rating with at least six months' sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate
  • Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish five day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates
  • BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; or
  • Tug rating with at least six months' sea service (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 six months' sea service in vessels of more than 15m is required.

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