Deck Cadets learn to load ships, store cargo, handle gear, stationary rigging, and running gear, and learns ship stability, ship maneuvering and ship management and perform a variety of operations and maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. In the process, they earn qualified sea time hours. In short, a deck cadet performs all navigational and maintenance duties on a water based vessel under supervision of a deck officer. Once you have passed all of your classes, paid all your dues and spent your 3 years of training time aboard a ship, you can then apply to become an entry level seaman or officer.
Career of Deck Officer
A career at sea offers a wide experience and challenging work environment. Experienced mariners are in great demand in various shore assignments because of their ability to handle all types of jobs, their resourcefulness, sense of responsibility and ability to work under most demanding circumstances. A deck officer is very valuable and responsible member of ship's team. He has to navigate the ship from one port to another in all circumstances with caution and safety at all times and maintains the equipment operated him in good working order. This gives him watch experience and tremendous confidence. However, it must be understood that the life of an officer is tough, and not suited for the weak hearted.
But there are compensation as well a class III certificate of competence holder starts as a third officer (approx Salary: US$ 3000) with prospectus of becoming a master in about 8 years (approx salary US$ 7000-14000) plus leave and allowances. The Master is the overall incharge of the ship and is more populary known as the Captain. But one has to join at the bottom rung of the marine ladder and spend years of training to become an officer. A cadet starts at the bottom of the maritime job ladder. Much like in the armed forces, a cadet is, simply put, a future officer under training. Although rules about training and certification (the examinations a cadet and later, an officer takes regularly to be eligible for a higher rank) vary from country to country, the basics are the same. The Captain or the Master of the ship is the overall in charge. He is responsible for the safety navigation of the vessal and is incharge of the ship, all the officers and crew, the safety its crew and the cargo. He has, working under his command, the first mate, second mate and third mates, all of whom have navigational and cargo duties. The Chief Engineer and the Engine Department also report to him for all operational matters, and so do all other Departments on board.