Your first step to becoming a Deck Officer (sometimes referred to as a Navigation Officer) is to complete a 3 year Deck Cadet Training programme. You will study at one of the specialist UK nautical colleges and your shore based studies will be interspersed with the completion of sea service.
Deck Cadet Training Programmes are available at various levels and will include an academic qualification in Nautical Science or similar subject. The entry requirements will vary depending on the level of the qualification gained.
Once qualified as a Deck Officer, you will be responsible for the safety of the vessel, crew, passengers and cargo. Navigation of the vessel is central to the role of the Deck Officer, whilst maintaining strict schedules. In port you will be responsible for overseeing cargo operations, whilst maintaining a constant eye on the vessel's stability and taking responsibility for the security of the ship.
These days the career of a Deck Officer is likely to lead to qualification as Chief Mate and Master before taking up a shore-side employment.
SSTG are currently seeking applications from individuals who would like to training as a Ships Officer with a range of opportunities commencing in January and August/September 2018.
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Updated: August 2017.