Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
- Course Type:
- EDH (Efficient Deck Hand)
- Training School:
- Red Ensign Maritime Training
- Cowes, United Kingdom
- 5 days
The Efficient Deck Hand course is run over a five day period, based in the classroom and onboard our training vessel MV Sea Trident.
Content & Objectives
The course includes theoretical and practical training in all elements of seamanship including:
- Rope and wire handling
- Anchors and mooring techniques
- Opening and closing cargo hatches
- Cargo gear and rigging
- Gangway and pilot ladders
- Watchkeeping and other duties
Both practical and classroom instruction is delivered at the Red Ensign training facility in Cowes.
From the 31 December 2013 EDH has been a requirement for the issue of an OOW (Yacht less than 3000 GT) CoC. The EDH certificate covers good basic seamanship practice and the Code of Safe Working Practice for the Merchant Navy.
Note: EDH will not be required for revalidation purposes.
3.2 The requirements for EDH 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.
- MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificates and shorebased course4;
- Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or NWR 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.