3-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing

Our 3 week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course is for anyone who wants to start working on a commercial fishing vessel. Funding may be available

Course content

The Introduction to Commercial Fishing (ICF) course gives new entrants a basic knowledge and awareness of different activities that are commonplace aboard commercial fishing vessels. 

It is a three week course. It includes four mandatory one-day courses which are legally required to work on a fishing vessel. These are:

  • sea survival,
  • health and safety,
  • first aid and
  • firefighting 
"Having the knowledge and understanding gained on the course gave me the confidence I needed to take that first step onto a vessel."
Michael Mitchell, now skipper who did the course in 2016

Once you have completed the course, we can supply you with a ICF New Entrants Card which lists on the back the four basic mandatory courses along with the other units completed. Get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

How to book

Anyone interested in completing this course should contact an Approved Training Provider for further details and to book a place. Note: some providers also offer a 3-day taster version of this course.


Where funding is available, the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course can be delivered free-of-charge to trainees. Follow the link below to our webpage for information on funding for safety training. 


For further information, please contact our Fishermen's Safety Training team, email training@seafish.co.uk or call 0131 558 3331.