MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set

(Elements of Shipboard Safety)

From as low as $850!*

The First Step For Your Maritime Career

A prerequisite for employment aboard a commercial vessel, plus a course often undertaken by recreational seafarers, is the Elements of Shipboard Safety training course. This course will equip you with the knowledge needed to operate safely aboard a vessel.

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Course Content

Maritime & Safety Training NSW runs the Elements of Shipboard Safety training course that covers both theoretical and practical applications to shipboard safety. All of our courses comply with stringent guidelines and units of this course will cover competence in Survival at Sea upon abandonment of vessel, Adherence to Safety and Emergency procedures on a vessel and fire-fighting techniques.

Elements of Shipboard Safety training courses are available across NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, NT, SA, WA and TAS. To register your interest in this course, please use the online form. If you would like further information about these or any M.A.S.T. courses, please call on 02 4344 1366.

This is an accredited course.

Core Units of Competency


Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment.


Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft

Is This Course Right For You?

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Course Schedule

Saturday, 6 April 2024 Sunday, 7 April 2024
Saturday, 11 May 2024 Sunday, 12 May 2024
Saturday, 15 June 2024 Sunday, 16 June 2024
Saturday, 6 July 2024 Sunday, 7 July 2024
Saturday, 10 August 2024 Sunday, 11 August 2024
Saturday, 7 September 2024 Sunday, 8 September 2024
Saturday, 12 October 2024 Sunday, 13 October 2024
Saturday, 9 November 2024 Sunday, 10 November 2024
Saturday, 7 December 2024 Sunday, 8 December 2024

Career Opportunities and Study Pathways

This qualification is suitable for people working in an entry level position in the maritime industry as a General Purpose Hand under general supervision of the master or engineer of a commercial vessel to:

Study Pathways

Further Studies
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level


Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)


Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

Common Career Opportunities

General Purpose Hand (GPH)

Work onboard vessels assisting in various tasks, from deck maintenance to aiding in vessel operations. This is a foundational role in maritime operations, often serving as a stepping stone to more specialized positions.

Deckhand on Commercial Vessels

Serve on commercial boats, including fishing vessels, ferries, and tour boats, assisting with daily operations, maintenance, and passenger services.

Maintenance Crew on Larger Vessels

Work on larger ships, such as cruise liners or cargo ships, as part of the maintenance team, ensuring the vessel is kept in optimal condition.

Marine Tourism Assistant

Support operations in marine tourism ventures, such as diving tours, whale watching, or island hopping, ensuring tourists have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Marina or Dock Assistant

Work in marinas or docks, assisting with vessel berthing, maintenance, and providing services to boat owners.

Entry-Level Position on Offshore Platforms

Begin a career in offshore oil or gas platforms, assisting in various operations and gaining experience in the offshore industry.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This level of qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a General Purpose Hand Near Coastal as defined by Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – National law) 2022.
Certification will require achievement of the MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal), 5 days qualifying sea service on a commercial vessel and an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved first aid certificate. People seeking certification should check with AMSA.

How to Enrol

Option 1: Call now and speak to our friendly team to discuss the best options for your training.

Option 2: Simply fill out the enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss the next steps and available course dates.

*Fees may vary due to prerequisite qualifications. Contact us for more information on what fee structure you may be eligible for.

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