Deck hands on a ferry prepare for next trip

Deck Hand

Deck Hands perform maintenance and lookout tasks aboard ships.

Overview

Deck Hands perform maintenance and lookout tasks aboard ships.

Day-to-day

  • handles ropes and wires, and operates mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing
  • stands lookout watches at sea and adjusts the ship's course as directed
  • assists with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stows and secures cargo
  • patrols ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers
  • performs routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and fire fighting appliances.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Stable
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Deck Hand

  • You can work as a Deck Hand without formal qualifications, however, a certificate I, II or III in maritime operations or aquaculture may be useful.

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