What is a Deck (Navigation) Officer?
A Deck (Navigation) Officer is an important member of the ship’s management team. They are in charge of the very expensive ship, cargo and/or passengers on board. The goal of most Deck (Navigation) Officers is to become Captain.
What does a Deck (Navigation) Officer do?
- lead and supervise their team
- navigate a ship safely
- control navigation and communications
- use sophisticated and highly technical equipment
- perform shipboard operations to contribute to successful voyages
- maintain ship equipment
Are you . . . ?
- passionate about working at sea?
- a leader?
- able to make important decisions?
- a team player?
- a good communicator? (write & speak)
How do I become a Deck (Navigation) Officer?
TETA suggests the following:
Certificate of Competence: Deck Officer in charge of a watch (SAMSA)
It can be obtained from:
- CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (CPUT)
- DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (DUT)
Successful completion of S1 and S2 (Certificate in Maritime Studies) will allow you to apply for employment (as a navigating cadet) with a ship-owner or a port
authority. This is a one- year study and forms part of the National Diploma in Maritime Studies.
In order to qualify with a certificate of competence (deck officer) you will be required to complete an approved cadetship of 24 months (or an approved on-board accelerated training of 12 months) and to pass an oral examination of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
Additional studies, sea-service and examinations are required for certification as chief navigating officer.
Please note that:
- Alternative pathways to obtaining the qualification are also available
- Qualification requirements are considerably different for equivalent positions in the fishing industry.
- Grade 12 with Mathematics & Science with a pass rate of 60% on standard grade.
- 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.
This qualification is also a stepping stone requirement for scarce skills such as:
- Harbour Master
- Ship Surveyor
- Salvage Officer
- SOUTH AFRICAN MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY
For approved cadetships and accelerated training programmes
Is becoming a Deck (Navigation) Officer right career choice for me?
See below for more info.