Qualified Deck Crew – Training Course

Get ready to work on the boats this summer!

The R. Tucker Thompson have teamed up with QRC Tai Tokerau and Skipper Training NZ to deliver a training for the Maritime NZ Qualified Deck Crew certification.

With hands on learning, you’ll be ready to jump on the boats in the summer season with your Maritime NZ Qualified Deck Crew Certificate. The programme has been developed to create a formal training pathway to employment as a deckhand on commercial vessels operating in the Bay of Islands and is open to people aged 16-25 years.

The Programme

The programme will deliver practical training to support students to sit their Maritime NZ Qualified Deckhand Crew Certification.

This is a two-week block course runs in the Bay of Islands, students can live on-site for two weeks at the QRC Tai Tokerau CampusTraining is delivered by maritime experts from the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust and Skipper Training NZ.

Where: Paihia, Bay of Islands

When: Monday 10th June – Friday 21st June 2024

What: A blend of classroom work and time on board a variety of vessels in the bay including the R. Tucker Thompson. Students will learn rope work, rules on the water, radar, radio and fundamental deck crew, safety, tasks and responsibilities.

Fee: $350 per student. The programme costs equal $4,000 and the Trust fundraises to subsidise this cost for students. *Subject to change in 2024. Students will have access to accommodation, meals and pastoral care through the QRC campus. 

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 15 March 2024

Call us to learn more on 09 402 8430 

“Doing the course expanded my knowledge of what Maritime has to offer as a career option. I enjoyed doing practical along with theory, it helped me understand a lot more.”


We would love to hear from you if you are interested in attending. We have 12 spaces available and we know you or your whanau may have questions. We are here to help.

Drop us a line at youth@tucker.co.nz or give us a call on 09 402 8430.


Candidates need to meet all of the following requirements to get the QDC certificate, and demonstrate they understand the ‘fit and proper person’ requirements:

  • Complete the QDC training record book 
  • Have the required ancillary certificates 
  • Pass Maritime NZ’s final exam 
  • Prove they are a fit and proper person 
  • Be medically fit and have good eyesight (visual acuity and colour vision) 
  • 16-25 years old
  • Have English conversation, reading and writing skills appropriate to the responsibilities and functions for the level of the certificate, satisfactorily complete training, pass examinations and discharge your duties.