Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Graduation day for Introduction to Commercial Fishing course students!

Seven lucky people recently completed the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course at Newlyn.

From left to right: Jack Gordon, Owen Williams, Sam Darby, Stephen George, Neil Moore, Instructor Andy Wheeler, Cory Webster, Steven Wilkins

Course member Cory Webster after completing the course said

“The course as a whole was really good as there was a lot of information being told to us by everyone that was teaching/training us, which is good as we would be learning about something one day and honestly I may have forgotten some of what was said the day before but as they say things multiple times is very helpful, every teacher/trainer was understanding if someone didn't get something straight away they always helped us understand what it was we didn't.”

Instructor Mickey Ringwood followed that up with:

“In my thoughts on this course are that I think it’s something that we should be quite proud of. I don’t know any other bodies that offer this course.

I can remember when I first started fishing when I was 17 years old and I did not know anything at all. There was a culture where you were expected to learn things on your own and to be honest the skippers of the boats did not seem very sympathetic or patient with inexperienced crew.

I think it’s fantastic that our new recruits get access to so much information, experience and knowledge. They also get to meet a lot of very helpful professional people including yourself.

The cherry on the cake is that they get all their statutory courses for free and will have a good idea of what to expect. “

So, whenever you get a chance, spread the word that the industry is one that will provide a challenging way fo life that can potentially offer many other career opportunities both ashore and at sea!

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.

Seafish funded (Subject to eligibility: applicants need to be at least 16 years old and have no previous fishing experience).

Next Course Dates: July 2022 (To be Confirmed)

Course Aim and Objectives

The aim of this 15 Days 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 provide trainees entering the fishing industry with an understanding and the basic information required to stay safe on-board a commercial fishing vessel. 

To give the basic knowledge and skills, for the duties required, to begin working on board a commercial fishing vessel in a safe manner.

Course Content: 

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

    • Introduction and Overview of the Course Safe 
    • Working Procedures 
    • Ropes, Knots and Fishing Gear 
    • Net mending and Gear construction 
    • Watchkeeping and Navigation 
    • Basic Diesel Engine 
    • Knots and Splicing Basic 
    • Care of the Catch 
    • Basic Sea Survival 
    • Basic Health & Safety 
    • Basic First Aid 
    • Basic Fire Fighting 
    • Basic Fishing Vessel Stability

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

For more information on the course, call 01736 364324 or email

Seafish has a case study on their website