General Purpose Hand – Deckhands Course Bega Valley

General Purpose Hand (Deckhands) Course is MAR10318 Certificate I In Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

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This course is the first step towards your career in the maritime industry.

The course focuses on developing the practical skills and knowledge required to work as a General Purpose Hand on board a vessel. Students of General Purpose Hand will learn to assist with deck operations on vessels up to 80m in Near Coastal waters.

  • Students must be 16 years old or more to participate in this course
  • There are no sea time requirements for this course
  • AMPA (AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment) is not required for this course
  • This course requires you to provide 5 days sea service on commercial vessels evidence prior to certification:*

*Please note that the sea time is NOT a part of this course, please contact us directly if you need to arrange sea time with us.


This course is delivered face-2-face, please contact us if you prefer online study (you will still need to attend a good portion of the course as it is a practical-driven course).

5 days of training (+First Aid if required)

MARG012 Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel

MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements

MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

MARN016 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel


Aug: 26th (First Aid 27th Aug if required)
Sept: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

*These dates will be a mix of theory (Bega) and Practical (Eden)

*First Aid is selective) an additional date/cost: August, Sunday 27th


Students will receive:

A dedicated trainer
All the learning resources necessary to complete the course
Sea Survival Practical
Firefighting Practical
An e-copy of the Australian Boating Manual 5th Edition 2015

General Purpose Hand Costs

Course Cost $1,800
Application Fee to AMSA $163
Assessment Admin Fee $200.00
First Aid if done within the course (book directly with SisterShip Training) $175.00
Total Student Course Cost $2,338


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