A Deck Officer’s job is to be the on board navigation and ship operations expert. Every day, they have to make decisions that could affect the safety of the ship, customers and crew.
As a Deck Officer, you’ll learn how to navigate by both traditional and modern means, supervise the crew at a variety of tasks, and ensure the overall safe operation of the ship.
Your training will involve a blend of practical experience at sea and academic instruction ashore either at Glasgow, South Tyneside, Fleetwood or Warsash Nautical Colleges over a period of three years.
During your college phases you will study shipboard familiarisation, safety and survival at sea and the structure of the shipping industry. There’s also a fire fighting course and instruction towards the Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat (PSC&RB examination). You will also study Marine Operations, Marine Transportation, Navigation, Mathematics, General and Communication Studies and Applied Sciences
A period at sea mixed together with periods of leave. Here, you’ll be under the guidance of the Designated Training Officer of the ship and spend many hours working alongside the Deck crew gaining first-hand practical experience in seamanship. You’ll also understudy the Officers on the Bridge and learn about all aspects of keeping a safe navigational watch, at the same time beginning an MNTB Training Record Book.
The most important part of this phase is to spend time with other departments and gain a clear understanding of the overall running of a cruise ship.
Once you have completed wither HND or Foundation Degree and pass your MCA Orals and Signals exams, you’ll be awarded an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.