What is a Deck Hand (Wiper)?
A Wiper has the most junior, but responsible job on a ship. Their main job is to clean engine spaces and machinery. They may also get the chance to help engineers.
Becoming a Wiper is a stepping stone to more challenging career opportunities in engineering.
What does a Deck Hand (Wiper) do?
- clean engine room
- assist with general maintenance in engineering section
- help other crew members with their jobs
- learn and you earn
Are you . . . ?
- passionate about working at sea?
- a team player?
- willing to learn?
- a hard worker?
- mechanically minded?
How do I become a Deck Hand (Wiper)?
TETA suggests the following:
Certificate of Competence: Wiper (SAMSA)
In order to qualify with a certificate of competence (wiper) you will be required to 6 months approved sea service on ships of 100GRT on unlimited voyages or near costal voyages. You will also need to complete onboard training and have been issued with a provisional certificate of qualification as a Wiper by the Chief Engineer of the ship.
Please note that:
- Qualification along this route serves as one of the alternative pathway to obtaining higher qualification (e.g.to a wiper or engineering officer)
- Qualification requirements for deckhands are different in the fishing industry.
- SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY
For approved training programmes
- Preference will be given to those with Grade 12 with Maths & Science
- Good physical condition.
- No colour blindness. (You will have to get a Vision Certificate for the SA Maritime Safety Atuhority SAMSA)
- Be able to swim.
OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:
Is becoming a Deck Hand (Wiper) right career choice for me?
See below for more info.