Grant funded courses for New Entrants


The Seafish 15 Day Introduction to Commercial Fishing course is for new entrants to the fishing industry. The course consists of two weeks shore-based training (covering safety, gear and catch handling, net mending, rope work and navigation) and one week of mandatory safety courses (Sea Survival, Fire Fighting, First Aid, Health and Safety) and the Seafish Basic Fishing Vessel Stability course.

Immediately following this course students can look for berths on suitable fishing vessels so that they can go to sea and put their new-found knowledge into practice and gain practical experience of fishing.

This induction course will suit both youngsters looking for a career at sea in the fishing industry and older candidates who are looking for a career change and interested in commercial fishing as an occupation.

Cost: Seafish funded (Subject to eligibility: applicants need to be at least 16 years old and have no previous fishing experience).

Next Course Dates:  5 to 21 July 2021 (Monday to Saturday)

You can download an application form for the course here:  

Course Aim and Objectives
The aim of this three week course is to provide new entrants with the basic skills to begin working at sea in a safe and useful manner. More specifically the course objectives are:

To provide trainees entering the fishing industry with an understanding and the basic information required to stay safe on-board a commercial fishing vessel. To give the basic knowledge and skills, for the duties required, to begin working on board a commercial fishing vessel in a safe manner.

Course Content:
This course is essentially a collection of short courses and comprises of the units listed below.

Introduction and Overview of the Course
On Board Procedures
Introduction to Ropes, Knots and Fishing Gear
Net mending and Gear construction
Watch Keeping and Navigation
Basic Engineering
Intermediate Knots and Splicing
Boat Handling
Basic Care of the Catch
Intro Food Hygiene in the Seafood Industry
Basic Sea Survival
Basic Health & Safety
Basic First Aid
Basic Fire Fighting
Basic Fishing Vessel Stability

If you wish to start a career at sea and go fishing in the meantime, you will need to complete the four mandatory basic safety courses as detailed on our fishermen’s training page.

More information on starting a career in the fishing industry can be found here via the Seafish website Fishing as a Career

To  apply for your place on the course, call 01736 364324 or email