SQA Skills for Work Level 5 in Maritime Skills

This 5 unit Maritime Skills course combines practical and theory based activity including small-boat based activities on the water using the College RIB. It is an introduction into the Maritime Industry and has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop general skills needed to work in the maritime sector.

Students will be introduced to the operation of boats and their equipment in the unit Seamanship: an Introduction including the following practical activity:-

  • Boat handling,
  • the use of ropes, wires and chains
  • effective anchoring, mooring and the securing of a vessel

An introduction is given to marine navigation where candidates learn how to:-

  • use a marine chart
  • plot the position of a vessel using standard marine instruments
  • how to take account of the weather for all marine activity.

The safety aspects of any job in the maritime sector are tackled in the Unit Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector. Safe working practices on board ship, the life saving principles, basic first aid and basic fire safety are considered.


Course dates:
  • August 2019

Academic Year

Please contact Argyll College and the link in the notes section below

While no previous experience or qualifications are necessary access to the award is at the discretion of the College. Students would be expected to have a keen interest in the maritime industry and will be required to attend an interview.