Boatmaster apprenticeship

Ensure the safe operation and passage of a vessel

As a boatmaster, you could be the captain of a single vessel tourist boat or you could be working for a large freight operator, responsible for safely moving freight up the river to a port. The main purpose of the occupation is to ensure safe operation and passage of the vessel. You will be responsible for either commercial passenger or non-passenger (freight and ‘other service’) vessels and all those on board. Your daily roles during the boatmaster apprenticeship may include working with other boatmasters, crew and any passengers, other vessels and emergency services. Much of your time will be spent on the water and you can expect to work outdoors in all weathers. A boatmaster is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the vessel, ranging from the equipment on-board through to mechanics. You must plan the navigation, handle the vessel, and ensure safe mooring and anchoring at all times.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography

Entry requirements for the boatmaster apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000

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