Deck Hand

Also known as Seafarer.
Performs maintenance and lookout tasks aboard a ship.
Training time 2 weeks - 1 year
Average pay $83,963
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 400

What does a Deck Hand do?

  • handling ropes and wires, and operating mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • standing lookout watches at sea and adjusting the ship's course as directed
  • assisting with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stowing and securing cargo
  • patrolling ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performing routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • attaching gear and fastening towing cables to nets
  • casting and lowering nets, pots, lines and traps into water
  • preparing lines, attaching running gear and bait, and setting lines into position
  • hauling in fishing gear and removing fish and other marine life

Specialisations

  • Barge Hand
  • Ferry Hand
  • Tug Hand

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
TAFE
Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
TAFE
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
TAFE
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
TAFE
Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
TAFE
Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
Certificate III in Fishing Operations