How to become a fishing boat deckhand
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- training through a professional body
You may be able to start by doing a course in maritime studies at a fishing industry training college, then apply for work as a trainee deckhand on a fishing vessel.
On a course, you'll learn:
- deck, ropes and fishing gear operation
- how to store a catch
- basic navigation skills
- vessel maintenance
You'll also get training in sea safety and first aid.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could apply to do a Fisher Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship can take up to 2 years to complete.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
If you have some sea-going experience and the correct safety certificates, you may be able to find work by contacting vessel skippers directly and train on the job.
You could find out more about the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course, which is backed by Seafish, who support the UK's fishing industry.
The course is for anyone looking to work on a commercial vessel. It covers basic industry skills and knowledge, along with 4 mandatory training units that you'll need to work onboard a boat.
You'll need to be willing to move if necessary, as fishing industry training centres tend to be located near established fishing ports around the country.
You can find more information about careers in the fishing industry from Seafish.