Thinking about going to a maritime college for training in becoming a deckhand in Scotland

Hi I live in scotland and have been thinking about applying for a maritime college near me for a while now. I’m not too familiar with how life is on a ship/boat And how the work life/balance is. The person who recommended this job to me said that they would use their money when they were back home to go on holidays and travel the world on their weeks off. How long will i be away for and how long will i be home for? Obviously the job market varies from place to place but will i be able to easily walk into a deckhand role after completion of this course? Or is it going to be difficult? The course goes over basic skills for working on a boat such as working with rope etc, probably alot of health and safety stuff too.



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2 thoughts on “Thinking about going to a maritime college for training in becoming a deckhand in Scotland

  • May 10, 2020 at 11:16 pm
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    There’s very little work to be had, I don’t think. You won’t get a job deep sea as that’s all cheaper foreign labour, so you’d be looking at North Sea oil and gas or ferry jobs. The North Sea is about to die on its arse, CalMac ferries are dead man’s shoes. If you’ve got the grades I’d look into Clyde Marine and get an officer’s ticket.

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  • May 10, 2020 at 11:16 pm
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    The work life balance is like bending on a pendulum between the extremes. While you’re at work, you’re pulling 12 hour days every day for months at a time. And those 12 hours can be spread throughout the day, and may bot always be consistent. It’s almost like working 24/7 but sometimes you watch movies or sleep. Then you get to be home for months at a time, it can be like a 60 day weekend. Folks who struggle to manage their money dont always do well, but if you can make it or off hitch pretty cheap, you’ll be fine. Indont knownhow other fleets manage their time off, but it’s not hard to find an “equal time off” gig here in the US, where I work 35 days on 35 days off, meaning I get 6 months off a year. If you start working a job that’s 2:1, you get about the same amount of time off as if you worked a 9 to 5 with weekends off, and those guys get to go home at night. 2:1 jobs suck, and it’s not worth it for that. 1:1, absolutely.

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