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Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

National Course Code: MAR50320


The nationally accredited Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) is your passport to life on international waters as a 2nd or 3rd Deck Officer. Combine your navigation skills with your sense of adventure and challenge yourself to take the next step in your maritime career.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • 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
  • Manage vessel stability and maintain the vessels' seaworthiness
  • Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Manage on-ship needs including inventory, budgets and procurement


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Experience with, and enjoyment of being on the water
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills with the ability to manage a small crew
  • Commitment to the welfare and safety of their passengers and crew
  • The ability to work in various weather conditions in a moving environment
  • Willingness to work varying times and hours


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • Part of the eligibility to apply for a Watchkeeper Deck Certificate through AMSA

Career opportunities:

  • 3rd officer deck watchkeeping officer
  • 2nd officer deck watchkeeping officer


The Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) is the highest TAFE NSW qualification available. If you want to keep learning, you can develop your skill set and be whatever you want to be with a TAFE NSW short course.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
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  • Full Time

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