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Learn how to be a GPH deckhand

General Purpose Hand (Deckhand)
Duration: 5 weekdays or 2 weekends

Course Information

All you need to know about this course can be found in our GPH Course Information Booklet or AMSA Guidance Notes.

Enrol now for our regular weekday course or our new weekend courses.

Government Funding and Incentives

Ask us about access to Government subsidised training and course fee payment by instalments. Call 1300 666 416.

Why choose us?

Our mission is to provide exceptional maritime training that creates real employment outcomes for our students.

  • We train on the water
    Our campuses are conveniently located close to waterways so you can walk out of the classroom and onto a vessel for practical, on-board training.
  • You can study full-time or part-time
    You have the choice to study your course all in one go or do it in blocks of time so it’s convenient for whenever you can get the time off work. Talk to us and we’ll make a plan that works for you.
  • Pay as you go with flexible payment plans
    You can pay your course fees in full or by instalments over the term of your course duration.
  • We have a Job Register
    When you graduate you’ll be automatically added to our Job Register and emailed when positions become vacant in the industry, providing you opportunities for part-time and full-time work.
  • Trainers are experienced seafarers
    Our trainers are experienced seafarers and industry experts. Class sizes are small and courses tailored to the group, so you receive individualised, expert attention to help you get through your course.
  • Weekend courses available
    If you’re too busy to escape the busy work week, then give us a call about studying on weekends.
  • Under new management since 2013
    Since taking over Sea School, we’ve had over 400 graduates successfully complete our courses. We are an AMSA compliant, quality-driven RTO that offers you the best training and career pathways.

Deckhand opportunities

Train as a Deckhand and undertake a wide range of maritime work on land or at sea in communications, seamanship, logistics, tourism and hospitality; help rebuild a marina or discover your potential with an environmental group. With further training and experience you could become a ship's master.

  • A General Purpose Hand (GPH) will be least 16 years of age and must successfully complete basic shipboard safety and sea survival training to work as a professional crew member.
  • As a general hand, you will assist the master, engineer and owner in the working of a commercial vessel.


MAR10313 Certificate I in Transport and Distribution (Maritime Operations) General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Near Coastal

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Just wanted to thank you and your staff at Sea School. I have over 20 years experience in the teaching profession and work closely with Macquarie Uni & UTS and I can certainly say that your methods of teaching were spot on.

Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings

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