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A deck cadet (or trainee navigational deck officer or nautical apprentice) is an apprentice who has to learn the basic duties of a deck officer on board a ship.[1] The cadet has to complete the prescribed sea-time in order to take the exams of the second mate. Even though the cadet is on board they still have to complete their studies. They have to undergo various forms of training, watch-keeping with chief officer, at port with second mate and normal deck jobs with the Bosun.

Deck cadet on watch duty.
Deck cadet on watch duty.

In the UK, it is possible to train as a Deck Cadet after a Foundation Degree program or Higher Nautical Diploma .[2] In India usually deck cadets have to undergo a pre-sea training and have to complete the training along with structured shipboard training program.

Maritime Service recruiting poster from WWII.
Maritime Service recruiting poster from WWII.


Before joining on board the cadets have to undergo various training. Every cadet successfully completes Basic STCW certifications mainly Basic safety Training (BST) and security training for seafarers with designated security duties (stsdsd). The cadets may also need to undergo various Ship specific training as per the requirements. Basic safety Training is a mandatory training for every seafarer as per the STCW Convention.

Basic Safety Training includes:

  1. Personal Survival Techniques A-VI/1-1
  2. Fire Prevention and Firefighting A-VI/1-2
  3. Elementary First Aid A-VI/1-3
  4. Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities A-VI/1-4

Deck officer cadet program by a degree route

  • B.Sc in Nautical Science[3]
  • B.Sc. (Hons) in Nautical Science[4]
  • B.S. in Nautical Technology[5]
  • B.Sc (Hons) in Navigation and Maritime Science.[6]
  • B.F.Sc. in Nautical Science [BFSC (NS)][7][8]
  • B.Tech. in Navigation[9]
  • B.Sc in Nautical Science and Maritime Transportation
  • B.Sc in Maritime Transportation[10]
  • B.Sc in Maritime Technology[11]
  • B. Sc in Marine Operation [12]
  • Fd.Sc Marine Operation [13]

Deck officer cadet program by Diploma

  • Diploma in Nautical Science[14]
  • Diploma in Nautical Studies[15]
  • Diploma in nautical studies[16]
  • Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science (HND)[17]
  • Higher National Certificate in Nautical Science (HNC)[18][19]

In the UK HNCs allow direct entry into the second year of a degree programme, and some HNDs allow direct entry to third year. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree or HND programme, students also have the opportunity to top-up their academic qualification to an honours degree.

Topics covered include marine emergency response and communication, marine law and management, marine passage planning, management of bridge operations, applied marine meteorology, ship stability, marine vessels: structures and maintenance, management of vessel operations, shipboard management .

Career prospects

On successful completion of this degree program / diploma program in addition to professional short courses and relevant experience at sea, Deck cadets will be awarded the Officer of the Watch (OOW) certificate / Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch (OIC-NW) otherwise called as Second mate. This is the minimum international qualification to work as a deck officer in charge of the navigational watch on a commercial vessel anywhere in the world. Further study and time at sea will earn you the Chief Mate and Master Mariner certificate leading to the top position as ship's captain.[4]


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  5. ^ "program syllabus B.S. Nautical Technology" (PDF).
  6. ^ Maps, University of Plymouth Drake Circus Plymouth Devon PL4 8AA United Kingdom +44 1752 600600; vacancies, directions Visit us Job. "BSc (Hons) Navigation and Maritime Science". University of Plymouth. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
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  8. ^ "Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training", Wikipedia, 2019-02-02, retrieved 2019-02-18
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  10. ^ rafael. "Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT)". PMMA. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  11. ^ "Academics : Deck Officer : Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College". Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  12. ^ "Marine Operations | SUNY Maritime College". Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  13. ^ "FdSc Marine Operations". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  14. ^ "WELCOME TO INDIAN MARITIME UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  15. ^ "Pre-Sea | Akademi Laut Malaysia". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  16. ^ "Overview". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  17. ^ "HND Nautical Science (Blended Learning) - 2019-07-30 | City of Glasgow College". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  18. ^ Scottish Qualifications Authority, Resource Management. "HNC/HND Nautical Science". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  19. ^ "Officer of the Watch Deck (Unlimited) - HNC". Blackpool and The Fylde College. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
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