Introduction to Commercial Fishing (15 day)


Course details

Seafish have developed this 15 day basic seamanship induction course for new entrants to the fishing industry, consisting of shore-based training in basic seamanship (covering safety, gear and catch handling, net mending, rope work, stability, navigation and boat handling) followed by mandatory safety courses (Sea Survival, Fire Fighting, First Aid, Health and Safety) plus the Seafish Basic Fishing Vessel Stability course (currently not mandatory). Although we cannot guarantee employment immediately following this course, assistance will be given to students to find berths on suitable fishing vessels so that they can go to sea and put their new-found knowledge into practice and gain practical experience of fishing.

In order to qualify for issue of certificates, you must attend ALL of the dates.

The course is completely free, but candidates are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence.

This course is suitable for school leavers wanting a career in the commercial fishing industry or other candidates of any age who are seeking a career change and who are considering entering the commercial fishing industry as an occupation. Contact Alan Sandham for further information 07802 647531.

Course units

Day 1: Overview of the Course ILO 188, HMRC, NI, Safe working

Day 2: Basic Health & Safety

Day 3: Vessel Visits, Vessel emergencies, Radio, Mayday, Location Aids

Day 4: Minimum Size, Catch Reporting, Fishing Methods, Care of catch, Hygiene

Day 5: Pollution, Responsible Fishing, Kingfisher, Offshore Awareness, Marpol

Day 6: Introduction to Ropes & Knots

Day 7: Care & Repair of Fishing Gear

Day 8: Splicing and Intermediate Knots

Day 9: Machinery Checks, Planned Maintenance Per Engine Checks

Day 10: Basic Sea Survival

Day 11: Manual handling and PPE, Vessel Stability

Day 12: First Aid

Day 13: Lights, Shapes, Buoyage Tides & Meteorology

Day 14: Rule of the Road, Basic Navigation

Day 15: Basic Firefighting plus Course Review, Career Planning & Certificate Presentation


Course dates & location

16/09/2024 - 30/09/2024
15 days
25/11/2024 - 09/12/2024
15 days