Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

From shipboard organisation to operations

The efficient deck hand course at UKSA will enable a better understanding of shipboard organisation and operations, pilot ladders and means of access, cargo work, safety and seamanship, including knots, splicing and whipping and seizing.

About the course

The Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) must now be completed as part of the OOW certification.

The EDH course covers:
  • Basic seamanship
  • Ropework and wire work
  • Use of lifting equipment
  • Rigging of stages and bosuns’ chairs
  • Basic painting and maintenance routines
  • Steering and duties of the lookout and the responsibilities of crew members under the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen.
Training towards

Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt).


Mandatory entry requirements for an Efficient Deck Hand Certificate:

Entry to the efficient deck hand course requires the applicant to hold one of the following certificates:

  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or International Yacht Training (IYT) Yachtmaster certificate and shorebased course certificate;
  • Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or Navigation Watch Rating certificate;
  • Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates;
  • BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; Or
  • Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or a NWR certificate.

Note: before an EDH certificate can be issued a minimum of 6 month sea service in vessels of more than 15m is required.


There is an oral and practical examination at the end of the EDH course carried out by an approved MCA examiner.

The course syllabus can be found in MIN471


After 01 January 2017, an MCA Approved Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) certificate must have been issued at least 18 months prior to the issue of your Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency.

What’s included

  • Duration – 5 days
  • Inclusive of all food & accommodation
  • Inclusive of lunch

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 22/10/2023 26/10/2023 Full Full
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 21/11/2023 25/11/2023 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 30/01/2024 03/02/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 09/03/2024 13/03/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 21/04/2024 25/04/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 10/06/2024 14/06/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 24/08/2024 28/08/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 21/09/2024 25/09/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 19/10/2024 23/10/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 19/11/2024 23/11/2024 £780 £980
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 27/01/2025 31/01/2025 £780 £980

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