A career as a fisherman is a hard one but does have many rewards. A deckie learner can work his or her way up through the ranks by taking the required exams and gaining the experience necessary to, one day, become a skipper of a trawler.
Maybe this can even lead to owning a trawler and operating a successful business. You will need many skills including net making, marine engineering, fish sorting, navigation, health and safety and cooking. All of which make fishing a varied and interesting career.
Fishing does mean working unsociable hours in sometimes dangerous conditions, but modern boats are fitted out with all up to date technology making living on board a little more tolerable – and, of course, the money is good if the boat has had a good trip.
Next steps – once you have completed your courses
Once you have completed your courses, you can begin to contact skippers of fishing boats.
A share fisherman is a self employed worker and does not have a contract of service. Therefore you must register for self assessment with HM Revenue and Customs and pay your own tax and national insurance. You should also seek professional advice from a local accountant.