Maritime Job Skills: Learning the Ropes

Maritime jobs skills are not very hard to acquire and can be learned at any of the learning institutions specialized in maritime studies. Depending on the kind of maritime job you want to be prepared for, learning the necessary skills can be very easy or very hard. For example, the basic skills you use in everyday life, involved for example in charging and securing the cargo, are very easy to acquire. But other skills, related to very specific maritime occupations, can be learned from experienced sailors only, or directly on the job, after having spent a certain number of years on board. But anyway in maritime jobs, like in any other work, learning the skills faster than everyone else will make the difference: it's a secure way to be noticed and to become successful and indispensable.

Foundation skills for maritime jobs can be learned at either a trade school or a maritime training institution for a decent cost unless the learning institution is part of the national government of a nation or country. Other basic job skills you need to have are handy skills. The most interesting and peculiar skill you need to have is the knowledge of the different types of knots and the ability to use the right knot in any situation. Knots are used everyday in the maritime industry whether it be docking a boat or securing the cargo on board. This kind of handy skills is very important and is considered to be fundamental by experienced sailors because it can make the difference between a good and a bad sailor. There are a lot of dangerous situations on board, specially when dealing with big cargo ship or fishing boat. A poor performance in handy skills, like a badly made knot, could cause a big crash with even serious injury to the people or to the commodities on board.

Besides the foundation skills, there are many other skills required to be employed on ships. Since there are so many different maritime jobs, first of all you have to decide the career you want to follow, and then choose the best learning institution for the job you want. If you are planning a career in import/export and logistic, just for example, you can get a Diploma in Shipping and Freight or Graduate Certificate in Shipping.

If you are not planning to get a degree, you can follow a professional course for seafarers or commercial boat operators, in order to have basic navigation skills yourself. Even if you don't have the responsibility of navigating the ship, there's always the possibility of injury or illness to a crucial crewmember. Learn to read a compass at the very least is really important.