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About this course

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All students attending on-campus courses at Warsash Maritime School must take a Covid-19 test before starting their training. For more information about Covid-19 testing, please read our guidance document.

A theoretical and practical course that enables an understanding of shipboard organisation and operations, pilot ladders and means of access, cargo work, safety and seamanship, including knots, splicing and whipping and seizing.

What you'll learn

Shipboard organisation and operations 
Shipboard organisation, parts of a vessel, deck equipment, lookout reporting, helm orders, anchoring and mooring arrangements. 

Pilot ladders and means of access 
Rigging a pilot ladder, means of access, and boarding arrangements. 

Cargo work 
Hatch covers, derricks and cranes, blocks and tackles, containers, and securing arrangements. 

COSWOP, IMO safety signs, enclosed spaces, fire extinguishers, and lifeboat and liferaft launching. 

Rope types and construction, knots, bends and hitches, rigging a bosun’s chair and stage, rope and wire splicing, whipping and seizing, parcelling, and serving. 

At the end of your training you should have the knowledge to: 

  • Perform in a safe working environment on board ship 
  • Perform a range of seamanship tasks effectively 
  • And have a working knowledge of COWSP 


You must be at least 17 years of age.

You must have a minimum of 6 months' sea service in vessels of more than 15m OR any of the following:

  • an NWR certificate,
  • MCA-accepted Yachtmaster Offshore,
  • Yacht rating with at least six months' seagoing service and a steering certificate,
  • A Boat Master Licence (BML) Tier 1, level 2 certificate, or
  • A Tug rating with at least six months' seagoing service and a steering certificate.

You must hold a valid ENG1 certificate.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday

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