The requirements for the EDH course  have been amended to allow a more flexible approach for the yacht, workboat and fishing industry. The following certification and experience will permit entry on to an EDH course and examination.

a) MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificates and shorebased course;
b) Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or Navigational Watch Rating certificate;
c) Fishing Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificates;
d) BML Tier 1 level 2 certificates; or
e) Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or a Navigational Watch Rating certificate.

Duration: 4 Days (0900hrs – 1700hrs)

Cost: £550.00 inc vat

Location: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

Certificate validity: This certificate does not expire

Certification: Upon successful completion you will be awarded an MCA approved certificate in Efficient Deck Hand

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

STCW Basic Safety Training

What is the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) course?

The Efficient Deck Hand course includes seamanship skills, rope work and rigging and the Code of Safe Working practices.

This course is a requirement for the issue of an Officer of the Watch (Yacht less than 3000 Gt) CoC and also for the Able Seafarer Deck Certificate Regulation II/5.


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a) Know the meaning of the common nautical terms.

b) The various parts of the ship, for example, decks, compartments, ballast tanks, air pipes, pipeline systems.

c) Knowledge of the correct use of ensigns, courtesy flags and international single letter flags.

d) Report  bearings of  objects or lights in degrees or points on the bow,  using compass cards in 360 degree notation.

e) Understanding helm orders and the ability to communicate with the officer of the watch on matters relevant to watch-keeping duties.

f) Procedures for the relief, maintenance and hand over of a watch and the information needed to maintain a safe watch.

g) Knowledge of the use of lifesaving and fire-fighting appliances as follows;

  • Importance of musters and drills and know what action to take on hearing alarm signals;
  • General arrangements and dangers of fixed smothering systems;
  • Correct operation, precautions and dangers of lifeboat release gear;
  • Procedures for boat preparation and launching;
  • Precautions to be observed when maintaining lifeboats and davits;
  • Fire and watertight doors.

a) Practical knowledge of general shipboard maintenance including;

  • The use of painting, lubrication and cleaning materials and equipment and understand routine maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Surface preparation techniques.
  • Manufacturer’s safety guidelines, shipboard instructions, and the requirements safe disposal of waste materials.
  • Application, maintenance and use of hand and power tools.

4. Apply precautions and contribute to the prevention of pollution of the marine environment.

a) Basic knowledge of marine environmental issues including;

  • Precautions to be taken to prevent pollution of the marine environment.
  • Use and operation of anti-pollution equipment.
  • Approved methods for disposal of marine pollutants.

PART II – Practical work Testing as far as possible by practical demonstration.

1. Bends and Hitches

a) Common knots bends and hitches including:-

  • Reef knot
  • Timber hitch
  • Cove hitch
  • Rolling hitch
  • Figure of 8 knot  Wall and crown knot
  • Bowline and bowline on the bight
  • Sheet bend and double sheet bend
  • Sheepshank
  • Fishermen’s bend
  • Monkey’s fist
  • Round turn and two half hitches
  • Marlinspike hitch

a) Common splicing and whipping including;

  • Splice in eight stranded plaited rope
  • Back and short splice in three-stranded rope
  • Eye splice with locking tuck in wire rope.
  • Parcel and serve a splice.
  • Whip a rope’s end using plain or palm and needle whipping.
  • Put a seizing on a rope and wire.

a) General deck work including;

  • Care and storage of fibre and wire ropes, cables and chains, including their construction, use, marking, maintenance and proper stowage.
  • Slinging and rigging a stage and bosun’s chair.
  • Pilot ladder or hoists, gangway and accommodation ladder.
  • Rat guards
  • Rigging a derrick or crane.
  • Use and selection of stoppers for wires and ropes
  • Open and closing hatches and watertight doors including bow, stern and other shell doors.
  • General precautions to be taken before and during the operation of a winch whether used for working cargo or warping.
  • Securing the deck for heavy weather.
  • Rigging a hydrostatic release unit.
  • The correct fitting of wire grips (e.g. ‘Bulldog’ grips).

a) General understanding of mooring operations including;

  • The functions of mooring and tug lines and how each line functions as part of the overall system.
  • Safe handling of moorings with particular reference to synthetic-fibre ropes and self tensioning winches.
  • Procedures and order of events for making fast and letting go mooring and tug lines and wires, including towing lines.
  • Working knowledge of the procedures and orders of events associated with mooring to a buoy or buoys.

a) General understanding of anchoring operations including;

  • The use and operation of a windlass in anchor work such as anchoring, weighing anchor, securing for sea and warping.
  • The use of anchors in emergencies.
  • The precautions to be taken in the stowage of chain cable and securing the anchors at sea.
  • The marking of the anchor cable.
  • The procedures and order of events for the use of anchors in various operations.

a) General understanding of cargo operations including;

  • The gear used in cargo work and an understanding of its uses.
  • General maintenance with particular reference to wires blocks and shackles.
  • The capacities, safe working loads, and breaking strengths of mooring and cargo equipment.
  • The procedures for safe handling, stowage and securing of cargo and stores, including dangerous, hazardous and harmful substances and liquids.
  • The ability to use and understand basic signals for the operation of equipment, including winches, windlasses, cranes, and hoists.
  • Basic knowledge of and precautions to observe in connection with particular types of cargo and identification of IMDG labelling.

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:

Telephone: 01454 260130

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday  – Friday: 08.30 – 17.00

Please be aware that online bookings for the Efficient Deck hand course will be confirmed with course joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment will be received by email.

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget. For a list of local accommodation please click here.

Additional information

Course Dates

7th September – 10th September 2020, 16th November – 19th November 2020, 2nd – 5th February 2021, 30th March – 2nd April 2021, 25th – 28th May 2021, 20th – 23rd July 2021, 14th – 17th September 2021

12 reviews for Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

  1. Jaime Yeomans

    This course covered everything and taught me some very interesting things. Brilliant instructors overall a very good Academy that I will continue to use in the future.

  2. Richard Lewis

    Great, Very friendly and welcoming to the course.

  3. Peter Wilson

    Extremely helpful, very professional, very educational

  4. Christian Tywunka

    Very knowledgeable with years of experience. Had a good week, very informative.

  5. Phil Rowlands

    Instructors are really friendly and approachable

  6. Marcin Snios

    I’ve learned a lot from instructor Martin – he knows everything and anything about ropes and rope-work in detail. Very good and transparent with passing information very knowledgeable person. Overall very happy thanks.

  7. Adam Davies

    Excellent instructors, very friendly and down to earth.
    I found the course easy to follow with good support from the instructors and the facilities very good for training purposes.

  8. Mark Chamberlain

    I thought the lecturer managed the course structure well. All candidates had a lot of experience and that was taken on-board and the course was delivered at their level.
    The splicing and rope work was a very valuable refresher.

  9. Helena Reynolds

    Really enjoyable course, though it might have been of more use to me before I’d taken my Yachtmaster!

  10. Ashley Marshall

    Very knowledgeable instructor, more than happy to help at any time. Made everything clear on things I was unsure about.

  11. Andrew Cervero

    Really enjoyed the Efficient Deck Hand course, the instructor was excellent.
    I would have liked to spend more time practising splicing & whipping and less time in the classroom but that’s just personal nit picking.
    Overall I think it was an excellent course & would highly recommend it to colleagues and other mariners.

  12. Kris Ward

    EDH Course was good! Enjoyed splicing and rope work the most!
    Martin was a super patient instructor!
    South West Maritime Academy has been great, facilities were great!
    A+ would recommend

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