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What is an Efficient Deckhand (EDH) Course?

What is an Efficient Deckhand (EDH) Course?

Efficient Deckhand Course

Seafarers who work in a deck related area will benefit hugely from the knowledge gained in an Efficient Deckhand Course.

What Is This Course?

An Efficient Deckhand course is both a theoretical and practical course. The EDH course gives a basic understanding of shipboard operations and organisations on Deck. This course is fully approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency.


What Does an EDH Course Cover?

Candidates will learn:

  • Shipboard organisation, parts of a vessel, deck equipment, lookout reporting, helm orders, anchoring and mooring arrangements
  • Pilot ladders, gangways, access points
  • Cargo – Hatch covers, derricks and cranes, blocks and tackles, containers and securing arrangements etc
  • Safety – COSWOP, IMO safety signs, enclosed spaces, fire extinguishers, lifeboat and life raft launching
  • Seamanship – Rope types and construction, knots, bends and hitches, rigging a Boson’s chair and stage, rope and wire splicing, whipping and seizing, parcelling and serving.



Efficient Deckhand Course

Efficient Deckhand Course




At the end of the training course there will be an oral and practical examination conducted by an MCA approved examiner. Candidates are required to pass the examination to gain the EDH certification. The full EDH course syllabus can be found here.

Who Is This Course For?

Any seafarers who are looking to up skill their knowledge and understanding in deck related job areas on vessels. The EDH course qualification can used as a stepping stone to progress your career away at sea.



The Efficient Deck Hand certification can used by candidates who are working towards their Officer of the Watch (OOW) certification.



The pre-requisites for this course are;

  • Candidates must be at least 17 years old, have completed the mandatory STCW courses, and at least one of the following
  • MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificate
  • Yacht Rating with at least 6 months sea service
  • Service in fishing vessels of more than 15 metres registered length is also acceptable, the required sea time being 12 months
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) CoC

Note: before an EDH certificate can be issued, a minimum of 6 months’ seagoing service in vessels of 15m or more is required. Seagoing service in category C and D waters will be accepted at full rate.



The total cost of the EDH course is £469 and this includes the exam fee too.



We aim to run EDH courses once every month at our training centre in Liverpool. To see our latest dates for this course click here now.




To make a booking or for more information please call our office on

0151 709 3290

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