Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) - MAR50315

University of Tasmania

This qualification is part of the Maritime Training Package. It is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as a Watchkeeper Deck.


25 units

Subjects you can Study:

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment; Maintain a safe navigational watch; Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel; Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel; Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel; Plan and conduct a passage; Maintain vessel stability; Apply maritime resource management principles; Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position; Observe personal safety and social responsibility; Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system; Provide medical first aid on board a vessel; Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation; Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel; Transmit and receive information by visual signalling; Control safe access to and on vessel; Manage loading, unloading and stowage of cargo; Follow vessel security procedures; Respond to emergencies; Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel; Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely; Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances; Provide first aid; Perform basic vessel manoeuvres; Provide leadership to crew

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00586B (TAS); 03058B (NSW)

Related Careers:

Ship's Officer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Launceston No info
Cradle Coast No info
AMC Launceston No info
Sydney - Darlinghurst No info
Sydney - Rozelle No info
Hobart No info

Why study with us: We are Australia’s fourth oldest university and our institution is classed within the top two per cent of universities worldwide. Tasmania is an affordable place to live, with a stunning natural environment and a welcoming community. For students looking for an exceptional, personalised university experience that will shape their future success, there is no better place to study.

Facilities and Services

The university’s campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie are large enough to offer students a focused and engaged learning environment with excellent facilities, but still small enough to ensure students receive the personalised advice and guidance not available at larger institutions.

Beyond Tasmania we also have three Sydney facilities, Rozelle and Darlinghurst, which offer nursing and paramedicine, and our Australian Maritime College study centre in Darling Harbour, which offers a range of marine and maritime programs.


  • College of Arts, Law and Education
  • College of Health and Medicine
  • College of Sciences and Engineering 
  • Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Specialist institutes

  • Australian Maritime College
  • Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Our students have access to a range of services to help them have a successful and enjoyable university experience. These include clubs, societies, gyms and sports teams.

As well as our orientation activities, our UniStart program is delivered on all campuses and online to help students develop the skills required for independent learning and success at university, such as critical reading, academic writing, and understanding academic assessment. Our Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program offers helpful unit-specific study sessions led by students who have previously succeeded in the same unit. 

Student advisors are also located within each college and offer individual help with challenges such as navigating systems or processes and physical or mental health. Students also have access to counselling 24 hours a day.

Admission and selection

Prospective students can apply for study at any time, and many of our courses have a midyear intake. We pride ourselves on supporting both academic high achievers and those who may not have a conventional academic history, including mature-aged students, career-changers and students without an ATAR. 

The university offers a range of generous scholarships across all areas of study for both domestic and international students. Awards are based on merit and equity and reward excellence and improve access for new and continuing students. 

Study options

Our international exchange program gives students the opportunity to study part of their course at universities around the world, including partner institutions in Asia and the USA. The university actively encourages students to undertake exchange and to assist we offer a range of financial assistance options. 

Our university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 150 postgraduate programs across a wide range of disciplines. Our programs are accredited and professionally recognised by industry and professional bodies in Australia and abroad.

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