Combine your navigation abilities with your sense of adventure and challenge yourself to take the next step in your maritime career. This course is your passport to life on international waters as a 2nd or 3rd deck watchkeeping officer.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Manage a vessel's stability and seaworthiness
Respond to emergencies and provide first aid
Lead your crew in watchkeeping, ship operations and maintaining equipment
Transmit and receive information using visual signals and the global maritime distress and safety system
Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
Manage on-ship needs including inventory, budgets and procurement
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Train on an AMSA-approved Ship's Bridge Simulator to analyse information from bridge equipment and conduct a safe navigational watch in a variety of conditions
Experience in managing firefighting and fire prevention activities onboard a vessel
Exposure to conducting emergency response drills and man-overboard drills using life-saving equipment in simulated environments
Eligibility to apply for a Watchkeeper Deck Certificate through AMSA
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Awareness of the AMSA certification requirements and associated costs – see licensing requirements
The ability to jump into a pool from a raised platform, swim 50 meters and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket
A Master less than 35 metres or Integrated Rating (IR) qualification
The ability to supply or use your existing Personal Protective Equipment like safety shoes and protective clothing
The ability to supply navigation and plotting equipment like a scientific calculator, parallel rulers, compasses and dividers
Math skills at a Year 10 level or equivalent
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: 3rd officer deck watchkeeping officer and 2nd officer deck watchkeeping officer
The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your sea service and medical status. Visit AMSA for further information, eligibility and requirements before you apply.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 22 Units of competency, including 19 core and 3 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
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