Introduction to Commercial Fishing


NAFC Course Code: N82

Courageous (LK 470), Ivan Reid

Courageous (LK 470), Ivan Reid



This three week introductory course is aimed at persons wanting to begin a career in the fishing industry. It provides new entrants with a basic knowledge and awareness of the activities that take place on commercial fishing boats, from navigation to care of the catch.

The course also includes four mandatory safety courses which are legally required by any person wishing to work at sea as a fisherman.

The course has been developed by Seafish in conjunction with the fishing industry.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have a genuine interest in a fishing career, and a willingness to learn.



This course covers a variety of practical and classroom topics, including:

  • Net mending
  • Care of the catch
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and fishing gear
  • Intermediate knots and splicing
  • Navigation and watch keeping
  • Fishing vessel stability

Students will also complete the following mandatory safety courses:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (Sea Survival)
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention
  • Basic Health & Safety for Fishermen


This is a three-week full-time course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre.




Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre to enquire about further course dates.



  • £1,500

NOTE: Funding is currently available from Seafish for new entrants. Application forms can be provided on course application.

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)


Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.