How to be a Deck Officer- FD route…

The big difference from the HND option is that foundation degree candidates are expected to go away and learn on their own when work is given, where as the HND is more classroom based learning. The following is written to give you some idea of what you would be studying and when. This is not definitive and the colleges make a big effort to keep as much content as up to date with modern day practices as much a possible, so the following is therefore subject to change.

Phase 1-
Designed to make you ready for your first trip to sea and to make sure you know the bow from the stern and port from starboard and is a induction to college and college life. Also during this time you will do many of your STCW’95 basic courses often referred to as ‘short courses’ these courses are:
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Basic Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, and Personal Survival Techniques. also you will cover many theoretical & practical aspects of ‘Efficient Deck Hand’ these are basic seamanship skills, knots, bends and hitches, splicing rope etc.
You will also undertake a tanker familiarisation course and be given an introduction to shipping and maritime operations.
A detailed briefing of how to keep your Training Record Book (TRB) is also given to ensure you get the most out of your time at sea.
Phase 2-
This is the first sea phase where you commence work based learning projects of well defined tasks, reports and projects set by the college.
Often a very daunting experience, especially for those who might of never been onboard anything bigger than a ferry before, I certainly remember the ‘sinking’ feeling in my stomach looking up at how high the bridge was on my first container ship.
The main purpose of this phase is shipboard introduction, familiarisation & development of basic seamanship and seafaring skills.
Phase 3-
A consolidation phase of everything learnt in phase 1 and the phase 2 seatime. There are also many new subjects covered in this phase such as:
Bridge watchkeeping, Chartwork and Tides, Meteorology, and Navigational Mathematics.
During this time there are some more ‘short courses’ to carryout, these are, Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) Navigation, Radar & ARPA Simulator Training (NaRasT)
There is also lots of preparation for Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) written examinations.
Phase 4-
A Sea phase that will see completion of work based learning tasks reinforcing and developing theory studied in college.
This sea phase is a lot more involved and during this time you will be expected to carry out many tasks without supervision and show some initiative in getting all of your Training Record Book completed.
By the end of this sea phase you will be doing almost everything a fully qualified officer does (often more) and may have been on a number of different types of ships and will have most likely have circumnavigated the earth. This is a truly awesome phase because you know so much that you really can become part of the team onboard and can be given lots of responsibility.
Phase 5-
A college phase that focuses on preparation for (MCA) written and Orals examinations. You will also undertake the last of the short courses that are required to become an officer in this phase, they are; Advanced Fire Fighting Medical First Aid and Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft. Meeting all the requirements listed in this post and the MCA Oral examination, will qualify you for your first Certificate of Competency (CoC)
This entry was posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 12:12 pm by The Mariner. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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