A deck cadet (or trainee navigational deck officer or nautical apprentice) is an apprentice who has to learn the basic duties of a deck officer on board a ship. They have to undergo various forms of training, watch-keeping with the chief officer, at the port with the second mate, and normal deck jobs with the Bosun.
Eligibility for the course of pre-sea certificate course of deck cadet as follows :
Candidates who wish to enter the navigational, engineering, and GP rating fields of Merchant Navy need to complete their (10+2) PCM and High School from a recognized Institute are eligible to join as Deck & Engine cadet. HSC passed candidates can join as Seaman Rating.
Age limit: -
The age restriction is 17&1/2 Yrs to 25 yrs depending on the qualification of the candidates. However, the restriction is relaxed for sponsored candidates.
The candidate should be physically fit for sea service under standard norms and must come along with a physical fitness certificate. The eyesight must be 6/6 in the better eye, 6/9 in another eye, and with no color blindness.
The candidate who is medically fit for sea service under international maritime organization norms will be selected after verifying the original documents.
The academy provides theoretical and practical knowledge of Seamanship Principles of Navigation, Rules of the Road, Basic Marine Engineer, Chart work, Spoken English, Basic Computer Knowledge, and STCW 2010 regulations.