Deckhand Foundation Programme


Programme Overview Programme Overview

Learn essential skills to successfully start your career as a deckhand in the fishing industry from experienced trainers, including former skippers and mariners and obtain sector relevant qualifications.

Programme Information Programme Information

Next Programme Dates

13 September – 22 October 2021


Who is this Programme for

School-leavers and/or those with an interest in pursuing a career in the fishing industry.   Not suitable for anyone in fulltime education.



National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI), Greencastle, Co. Donegal.



Full time six-week programme


Training Methodology

Combination of classroom-based learning, demonstrations, and practical training session




Entry Requirements



With experience and training, deckhands can go on to become mates or skippers on fishing vessels.


Employment Opportunities

Work as a deckhand on a fishing boat, other roles within the seafood sector



Assessment by written exams and practical demonstration

STCW – PST Personal Survival Techniques

STCW – EFA  Elementary  First Aid

STCW – Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

GMDSS – Short Range Radio Certificate


No Course Fee

Grant Aid

EMFF funding may be available for subsistence costs. Please contact Kathy Cullimore for more information  Phone +353 1 2144283

For more information contact

National Fisheries College of Ireland (Donegal)

Greencastle, Co Donegal