As I have mentioned in previous posts there are a number of ways to qualify as a deck officer or engineering officer, today I will detail the HND phase structures. giving you some idea of what you would be studying and when. This is not a definitive list 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.
Deck Officer -HND route
This phase is designed to make you ready for your first trip to sea and to make sure you know the bow from the stern and your 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’ the courses you will undertake during phase 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 is also given to ensure you get the most out of your time at sea.
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.
This is where you will start to use your Training Record Book (TRB), this is completed by means of practical tasks and written reports.
The main purpose of this phase is shipboard introduction, familiarisation & development of basic seamanship and mariner skills.
Is 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. These units and some academic and work based assessments will then lead to a HNC qualification.
During this time there are some more short courses to carryout, these are Medical First Aid, Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft, Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
There is also lots of preparation for Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) written examinations.
This is another sea phase and this time it 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.
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, Navigation, Radar & ARPA Simulator Training (NaRasT). Meeting all the requirements listed in this post and the MCA Oral examination, will qualify you for your first Certificate of Competency (CoC)
Below are some pictures of me using a sextant, an important part of Deck Cadet training.