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    MCA Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Course
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    MCA Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Course
  • Course

    THE MCA Efficient Deckhand Course is now a requirement for the issue of an Officer of the Watch (Yacht less than 3000 Gt) CoC and also for the Able Seafarer Deck Certificate Regulation II/5.

    This five day course is both a practical and theoretical course which covers good basic seamanship practice, splicing and whipping, ropework and rigging, safe handling of moorings including self-tensioning winches, rigging a stage and bosuns chair, Cargo Work and the Code of Safe Working Practices for the Merchant Seamen.  A full list of topics covered can be found by clicking onto the Syllabus tab.

    Entry requirements

    In order to complete this course candidates must be at least 17 years old and hold one of the following certificates:

    • RYA or IYT Yachtmaster Offshore certificate including the shorebased certificate (the shorebased course is not required if you hold a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore issued before 31 July 2003)
    • Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or a NWR certificate.
    • Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate
    • Fishing class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates
    • BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates

    Before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of 6 months sea service in vessels of more than 15m is required

    Please note that candidates will be asked to provide proof of sea time prior to attending the course.

    Comment from one of our students -

    'Thank you very much, I did enjoy the new course at your school very much. It was very professional and efficient' - Christian R

  • Syllabus

    MCA Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Syllabus -

    PART I - Theory

    1.  Nautical knowledge

    1.  Know the meaning of the common nautical terms.
    2.  Know the names and functions of various parts of the ship for example, decks, compartments, ballast tanks, air pipes, pipeline systems including bilge and ballast suctions, strum boxes and wells.
    3.  Knowledge of the correct use of ensigns, courtesy flags and international single letter flags.
    4.  Knowledge of the compass card in 360 degree notation and the ability to report the approximate bearings of an object or light in degrees or points on the bow.
    5. Understanding helm orders and the ability to communicate with the officer of the watch on matters relevant to watch-keeping duties.
    6. Procedures for the relief, maintenance and hand over of a watch and the information needed to maintain a safe watch.
    7. Knowledge of the use of lifesaving and fire-fighting appliances as follows;

    • understand the importance of musters and drills and know what action to take on hearing alarm signals;
    • understand the general arrangements and dangers of fixed smothering systems;
    • understand the correct operation, precautions and dangers of lifeboat release gear; • understand the procedures for boat preparation and launching;
    • understand the precautions to be observed when maintaining lifeboats and davits; • understand the importance of fire and watertight doors.

    Holders of a Navigational Watch Rating certificate will not be examined in points d, e, and f above.

    2.  Code of Safe Practice for Merchant Seamen (COSWP) 1998

    In each of the sections below, the candidate will be expected to have a good working knowledge of the COSWP relevant to seamen’s duties and responsibilities as follows:

    • Protective clothing and equipment (Ch. 4)
    • Safety signs and to include standard aigns and colours for dangerous goods, pipelines, fire extinguishes and gas cylinders. (Ch5)
    • Safety induction (Ch. 8)
    • Fire precautions (Ch. 9)
    • Emergency procedures (Ch. 10)
    • Safe movement on board ship (Ch. 13)
    • Working aloft and outboard (Ch. 15)
    • Working in machinery spaces (Ch 15)
    • Permit to work (Ch. 16)
    • Enclosed spaces (Ch. 17)
    • Boarding arrangements (Ch. 18)
    • Manual lifting and carrying (Ch. 19)
    • Use of work equipment (Ch. 20)
    • Lifting plant (Ch. 21)
    • Hydraulic and pneumatic equipment (Ch. 22)
    • Batteries (Ch. 22)
    • Anchoring and Mooring (Ch. 25)
    • Hatches (Ch. 26)
    • Chemical and biohazard safety
    • Personal safety equipment

    Note: also examined in part II.

    3.  Shipboard maintenance

    a) Practical knowledge of general shipboard maintenance including;

    • The use of painting, lubrication and cleaning materials and equipment and understand routine maintenance and repair procedures.
    • Knowledge of surface preparation techniques.
    • Knowledge of manufacturer’s safety guidelines, shipboard instructions, and the requirements safe disposal of waste materials.
    • Knowledge of the application, maintenance and use of hand and power tools.

    4.  Apply precautions and contribute to the prevention of pollution of the marine environment.

    Basic knowledge of marine environmental issues including;
    • The precautions to be taken to prevent pollution of the marine environment.
    • The use and operation of anti-pollution equipment.
    • The approved methods for disposal of marine pollutants.


    PART II - Practical work

    Testing as far as possible by practical demonstration.

    1. Bends and Hitches

    a) Common knots bends and hitches including:-
    • Reef knot
    • Timber hitch
    • Cove hitch
    • Rolling hitch
    • Figure of 8 knot
    • Wall and crown knot
    • Bowline and bowline on the bight
    • Sheet bend and double sheet bend
    • Sheepshank
    • Fishermen’s bend
    • Monkey’s fist
    • Round turn and two half hitches
    • Marlinspike hitch

    2. Splicing and whipping

    a) Common splicing and whipping including;
    • Eye splice in eight stranded plaited rope
    • Eye back and short splice in three-stranded rope • Eye splice with locking tuck in wire rope.
    • Parcel and serve a splice.
    • Whip a rope’s end using plain or palm and needle whipping. • Put a seizing on a rope and wire.

    3. Rope work and rigging

    a) General deck work including;

    Care use and storage of fibre and wire ropes, cables and chains, including their construction, use, marking, maintenance and proper stowage.

    • Slinging and rigging a stage and bosun’s chair.
    • Rigging a pilot ladder or hoists, gangway and accommodation ladder
    • Rigging rat guards
    • Rigging a derrick or crane.
    • Use and selection of stoppers for wires and ropes
    • Open and closing hatches and watertight doors including bow, stern and other shelldoors.
    • Driving a winch and the general precautions to be taken before and during the operation of a winch whether used for working cargo or warping.
    • Securing the deck for heavy weather.
    • Rigging a hydrostatic release unit.
    • The correct fitting of wire grips (e.g. ‘Bulldog’ grips).

    4.  Mooring

    a) General understanding of mooring operations including;
    • The functions of mooring and tug lines and how each line functions as part of the overall system.
    • Safe handling of moorings with particular reference to synthetic-fibre ropes and self-tensioning winches.
    • The procedures and order of events for making fast and letting go mooring and tug lines and wires, including towing lines.
    • Working knowledge of the procedures and orders of events associated with mooring to a buoy or buoys.

    5.  Anchoring

    a) General understanding of anchoring operations including;
    • The use and operation of a windlass in anchor work such as anchoring, weighing anchor, securing for sea and warping.
    • The use of anchors in emergencies.
    • The precautions to be taken in the stowage of chain cable and securing the anchors at sea.
    • The marking of the anchor cable.
    • The procedures and order of events for the use of anchors in various operations.

    6.  Cargo work

    a) General understanding of cargo operations including;

    • The gear used in cargo work and an understanding of its uses.
    • General maintenance with particular reference to wires blocks and shackles.
    • The capacities, safe working loads, and breaking strengths of mooring and cargo equipment, including mooring wires, synthetic and fibre lines, winches, anchors windlasses, capstans, bitts, chocks and bollards.
    • The procedures for safe handling, stowage and securing of cargo and stores, including dangerous, hazardous and harmful substances and liquids
    • The ability to use and understand basic signals for the operation of equipment, including winches, windlasses, cranes, and hoist.
    • Basic knowledge of and precautions to observe in connection with particular types of cargo and identification of IMDG labelling.

    Note: Before the exam can be taken as well as the required sea-time the candidates should be the holders of a Navigational Watch Rating certificate and a Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boat other than fast rescue boat certificates. If this is not the case then an Able Seafarer Deck certificate will not be issued.

  • FAQ's

    MCA Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) – FAQ’s

    These are a few of the questions we get asked by people booking on the MCA Efficient Deckhand Course (EDH). If you have any further queries or are unsure whether this is the course for you please call us on 01243 432485 and we will be only too happy to chat to you.

    Are there any Prerequisites to completing MCA Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)?

    To complete the course you must:

    be over 17 years of age

    Hold at least one of the following:

    • MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate including the shorebased course
    • Yacht rating with at least six moths sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate
    • Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish five day watchkeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates
    • BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates or
    • Tug rating with at least six months sea service (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or NWR certificate

    Before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of six months sea service in vessels of more than 15m is required.

    What is included in the course fee?

    The price includes all course materials and certificate fees.

    Where is the course held?

    It will be held at one of our classrooms in Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants PO10 8BP

    How many people will there be on the course?

    We have a maximum of 8 people on a course, though usually the numbers are smaller than this. This ensures that you get maximum attention from the instructor.

    Are there any exams on the MCA Efficient Deck Hand Course?

    On the final day there will be a practical assessment.

    What is the purpose of the Efficient Deck Hand course?

    The EDH Course is now a requirement for the issue of an Officer of the Watch (Yacht less than 3000 Gt) CoC and also for the Able Seafarer Deck Certificate Regulation II/5. It will teach you how to safely carry out the duties of a deck hand on board ship

    What would I need to bring?

    All equipment to complete the course will be provided. You just need to bring suitable footwear, your original certificatesas per above, proof of sea service and photo ID.

    What will you provide in the way of victuals?

    Tea and coffee is provided and you can get lunch from the Deck Cafe in the marina or the village which is a short walk away. Alternatively you can bring a packed lunch to eat in the classroom.

    Is accommodation included in the price?

    No, you will need to provide your own accommodation, though we can give you a list of local B&B’s and hotels if you require it,

    How do I book?

    Just click on the book now button


  • All Dates

or to discuss your requirements you can contact us seven days a week from 8.00a.m to 7.30pm on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190

MCA Efficient Deck Hand Course (EDH)

Cost: £ 550

Next Course Dates

Emsworth School of Navigation

Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth
Hampshire, PO10 8BP

01243 432485, 07702 842190

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