Extensive Deckhand Training and Guidance From Industry Professionals with Decades of Experience.

Gain a significant advantage over other deck crew by building years of knowledge and experience in just 8 weeks with Savvy Maritime Academy. Kickstart your deckhand career by enrolling in the most thorough and relevant deckhand course available (Fort Lauderdale-based).

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Extensive Deckhand Training and Guidance From Industry Professionals with Decades of Experience.

Gain a significant advantage over other deck crew by building years of knowledge and experience in just 8 weeks with Savvy Maritime Academy. Kickstart your deckhand career by enrolling in the most thorough and relevant deckhand course available (Fort Lauderdale-based).

View The Course Breakdown

Speak To a Captain For More Info

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Fort Lauderdale Deckhand Course Breakdown:

Practical courses on extensive tender handling, painting, or paint detailing are also available on an individual basis.

  1. Introduction to the World of Yachting
  2. Certifications and Contracts
  3. Habitiation
  4. Social Understanding and Awareness
  5. Mental, Emotional and Financial
  6. Practical Work on Deck
  7. Extensive Tender driving
  8. Safety
  9. Bridge
  10. Basic Navigation Tools
  11. Watches
  12. Guests Onboard

Section 1: Introduction to the World of Yachting as a Deckhand

  • The importance of the chain of command, Maritime Conventions and Codes, Your specific rights on board
  • Understand your role onboard and how to add value to your position
  • Learn how to conduct yourself with and without guests on board
  • Learn how to make the most of your time in the yacht industry
Viareggio, Italy - November 26, 2020: Two deckhands moving a big fender along the foredeck of a superyacht leaving the port
Deckhand Employment Agreement

Section 2: Deckhand Certifications and Contracts

Make sure you understand the legalities and your rights before making decisions.

  • Understand the minimum required certifications as well as additional certifications that may or may not be beneficial.
  • Know what to expect and how to handle Seafarers’ Employment Agreements, Official Logbook & medical insurance.

Section 3: Habitation

  • Close quarters living with others.
  • Living in your limited space.
  • How to live with strangers.
  • Living where you work! What it means
Luxury traveling. Bathroom interior of modern motor yacht.
Yacht crew standing on the gate ramp at port.

Section 4 - Social Understanding and Awareness

  • Avoiding and managing conflict.
  • Social behavior and interaction.
  • Personal and general hygiene.
  • Privacy and discretion. Managing your social media etc.

Section 5 - Mental, Emotional and Financial Preparedness For Your Role as a Deckhand

  • Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.
  • Steps to help you thrive on board.
    Financial planning, taxes and legal
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Section 7 - Deckhand Practical Work

  • Comprehensive knowledge and terminology of all aspects and components on the exterior of a yacht.
  • Line handling, fender use and all aspects of docking and securing a vessel.
  • Knowledge of anchoring procedures and how to properly anchor a vessel.
  • How to tie knots specific and crucial to the job, where and how to apply.
  • Knowledge of products commonly used in the maintenance of yachts.
  • Washdown process and procedures.
  • Maintenance and care of teak decks
  • Paint Care
  • Polishing Techniques.
  • Knowledge of paint preparation and application
  • Varnish preparation and application.
  • Maintenance of teak cap rails
  • Cranes and Lifting procedures.

Section 7 - Tender Handling

  • Thorough knowledge of all components of a tender.
  • Reading and understanding gauges.
  • Knowledge of all electronics and equipment on board the tender.
  • Knowledge of lubricants, coolants, and fuels.
  • Maintenance.
  • Pre-Departure and Arrival Checklists
  • Towing systems and procedures.Practical Sessions
  • 10 days of practical tender driving
  • Thorough practical knowledge of maneuvering, docking in all conditions and circumstances
  • Open water driving.
  • Understanding how to operate in different sea conditions.
  • Beam Sea
  • Following Sea
  • Head Sea
  • Confused Sea
  • Understanding tender stability when loaded.
  • Disembarking and embarking guests
  • Underway with a fully loaded tender
  • Thorough knowledge of all ways to secure a tender
  • Tender towing
  • Watersports towing and activities
  • Thorough knowledge of all types of securing a tender
38ft Jupiter Yacht Tender
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Sea safety training courses

Section 8 - Safety

  1. Joining the vessel and familiarizations.
  2. Muster Lists and Fire Safety Control Plans
  3. SOLAS Crew Safety Training Manual
  4. Safety Equipment
  5. International Safety Management- ISM introduction.
  6. International Ship and Port Security ISPS Introduction
  7. Safety Management System (SMS) and Management company
  8. Code of Safe Working Practices (COSWP)
  9. Personal Protective Equipment
  10. Drills

Section 9 - Deckhand Duties in the Bridge

  • Bridge Equipment
  • Standing orders
  • Publications
  • Logbooks and Plans
  • Collision Regulations
  • Charts
  • Buoyage
  • Voyage Planning

Section 11 - Watches

  • Bridge Watch
  • In Port Watch
  • At Anchor
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Superyacht Charter with deckhands working on the stern

Section 12 - When Yacht Owners, Charterers and Guests are on Board

  • Understanding why a person would own a yacht.
  • Why do people charter a yacht and the process?
  • Job description and expectations when guests are on board.
  • Tasks are required when guests are on board.
    Watersports Activities

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