Deckhands clear the decks, prepare and maintain equipment and handle the catch on offshore fishing vessels.
In your day-to-day tasks you may:
- prepare the deck areas and fishing equipment
- operate the gear that sends out and brings in the nets
- sort, gut and store the catch
- unload the catch when you return to harbour
- repair damaged nets and maintain equipment
- help to make sure the vessel is kept clean and tidy
- cook for crew members (on some vessels)
Fishing boat operators.
You could work on a boat. Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, cramped and you may spend nights away from home.
43 to 45 hours a week. Hours could include weekends, evenings and bank holidays. You may also be required to work away from home.
£17,400 to £26,000 a year.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You will need to:
- complete basic sea safety training – STCW – approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- be over 16 years of age
- have a good level of fitness