Recommended Time In Role

Ideally, a Second Officer should stay in their role for over two years before considering advancing their career. This is the length of time needed to perfect the skills required to be a strong Second Officer and the minimum amount of experience needed for more senior roles.

Mandatory Qualifications

To be eligible to be a Second Officer, all candidates must have completed STCW – Basic Safety Training A-VI/I, and MCA OOW >3000 gt CoC or OOW Unlimited CoC.

Recommended Qualifications

Ideally, a Second Officer should be working towards, or have completed, MCA Chief Mate (Yachts) >3000gt, or Chief Mate Unlimited CoC.

Recommended Experience

  • A strong Second Officer should be working on growing their existing bridge and drive experience, on a range of vessel sizes .
  • They should also have leadership experience and continue developing strong leadership skills, maintaining high standards, and adhering to and promoting the safety procedures on board.


A Third Officer/Bosun can also work towards “Master 500”. To obtain the “Master <500GT”, applicants must have served 12 months of OOW duties with at least 120 days of watchkeeping .

Character Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Flexible
  • Positive/can-do attitude
  • Self-aware
  • Strong work ethic / hard-working
  • Honest & trustworthy
  • Personable – service with smile
  • Self-regulated – including personal and social media presence
  • Good communication skills
  • Good listener
  • Takes direction
  • Ability to delegate,
    mentor, support, train &

    develop others
  • Resilient / ability to work well under pressure
  • Collaborative & loyal
  • Good time keeping
  • Discreet
  • Well presented
  • Takes initiative
  • Organised