How to become a fishing vessel skipper
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
If you are 16 to 24 you could start off as a fishing boat deck hand. You can do a Diploma in Sea Fishing while getting experience at sea.
When you have experience you can learn and train on the job to go on to become a skipper.
There are no set entry requirements for this route but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:
- Level 2 Workboat crewmember
- Level 3 Boatmaster
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can start as a deckhand at sea and learn on the job. You'll usually need around 18 months' experience before you can skipper a boat. You'll also need to have completed mandatory basic safety training for:
- sea survival
- fire fighting
- health and safety
- first aid
You can find more advice about careers in the fishing industry from Seafish.