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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Seafish three-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course - places still available!

The Seafish three-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course is for new entrants to the fishing industry. The course consists of two weeks shore-based training (covering safety, gear and catch handling, net mending, rope work and navigation) and one week of mandatory safety courses (Sea Survival, Fire Fighting, First Aid, Health and Safety) and the Seafish Basic Fishing Vessel Stability course.

Immediately following this course students can look for 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.

This induction course will suit both youngsters looking for a career at sea in the fishing industry and older candidates who are looking for a career change and interested in commercial fishing as an occupation.

Cost: Free (Subject to eligibility)

Course Aim and Objectives 

The aim of this three week course is to provide new entrants with the basic skills to begin working at sea in a safe and useful manner. More specifically the course objectives are:

• To reduce accidents amongst new entrants and better prepare them for work at sea.

• Give a better understanding of operational practices in every day fishing operations, including mechanical handling (such as winches), to create a safer workplace.

• To equip new entrants with the basic skills needed to enable them to positively contribute to the daily work routines and tasks associated with working as part of a team on the deck of a fishing vessel.

Course Content: 

This course is essentially a collection of short courses and comprises of the units listed below.

Introduction and Overview of the Course On Board Procedures Introduction to Ropes, Knots and Fishing Gear Net mending and Gear construction Watch Keeping and Navigation Basic Engineering Intermediate Knots and Splicing Boat Handling Basic Care of the Catch Intro Food Hygiene in the Seafood Industry Basic Sea Survival Basic Health & Safety Basic First Aid Basic Fire Fighting Basic Fishing Vessel Stability

Course are planned well in advance so please contact us if you would like to take part in the next course. We tend to run one 3 week course every 3/4 months.

More information on starting a career in the fishing industry can be found here via the Seafish website Fishing as a Career