The Efficient Deckhand (EDH) course is one of the modules required for the OOW certification. We recommend completing this course as early as possible as it must be held for 18 months prior to issuing the OOW Certificate of Competency (CoC). Additionally it teaches basic fundamental deck skills, that are required for the duration of your yachting career.

About the Efficient Deckhand Course:

The Efficient Deckhand course is an MCA-approved 5-day course which focuses mainly on deck safety. The course covers basic seamanship, the characteristics of different types of rope, use of lifting equipment and safe working loads, splicing, whipping, seizing, pilot ladders, rigging of a paint stage and bosuns’ chair, berthing procedures, how to safely operate capstans and windlasses and the correct types of stoppers to be used onboard. The main priority of the course is safety and will include risk assessments and permits to work under the Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen (COSWOP). This enjoyable and interactive course is run over four days with an oral and practical examination on the fifth day.

Who is the Course for?

The Efficient Deckhand course is designed for any member of the deck department and is a prerequisite for OOW certification. To qualify to attend this course candidates must:

  • Be over 17 years of age,
  • Hold a valid ENG1 certificate,
  • Hold one of the following:
    • RYA or IYT Yachmaster offshore,
    • Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate,
    • Fishing Class 2 CoC,
    • A Boat Master License (BML) Tier 1 level 2 certificate
    • Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time and a steering or NRW certificate,
  • Have a minimum of 6 months seagoing service in vessels greater than 15m.

Cost of EDH Course & Accredited Training Schools?

At the time of writing the Efficient Deckhand (EDH) Course costs +/- 1000 Euros and a list of accredited training schools offering this course can be found here.

Efficient Deckhand Training Material.

The training material will be sent to you or can be collected from the training school once the course has been paid for. Students should be able to tie all nautical knots before attending the course.