Several maritime training schools have introduced new programs during the Monaco show. Here are a few:
The 70-year-old Warsash Maritime Academy near London has teamed up with Southampton Solent University to create Warsash Superyacht Academy, a concentrated effort to consolidate its existing yacht training and expand it with additional courses and instructors. The academy has seven bridge simulators, an engine room simulator and a 20-acre lake for ship-handling exercises. (www.warsashsuperyachtacademy.com)
“We’re bringing all the facilities and knowledge that we have for merchant training to the yachting sector,” said Lars Lippuner, business development manager with the superyacht side of Warsash academy. “We’ve always delivered yacht training. Now we’re filling the gaps.”
The Maritime Training Academy has created a new distance-learning diploma in superyacht new builds, launching Oct. 1. The 10-module course covers everything from project management and contract law to change orders and sea trials. The course takes a minimum of 12 months and includes an exam. (www.mpigroup.co.uk).
This year, JPMA (John Percival Marine Associates) in the UK celebrates its 15th anniversary and has recently taken over an adjacent building, giving it nine training rooms. The new space will be used primarily for STCW95 Basic Safety Training and the OOW Efficient Deckhand course. (www.sailorsworld.co.uk)
Bluewater launched its interior training in accordance with the new PYA interior certification. Set to begin Oct. 1, courses include level 1 (entry level), level 2 for senior stews and level 3 for head of department under 500 tons. Also beginning next month is a one-day cocktail and spirit course in collaboration with Shaker BarSchool.
Bluewater has also expanded its Bluewater One program, the unique program that transforms annual subscription rates for its crew placement services into vouchers for training, euro for euro. New this season is a free welcome gift, including iPads or Macbooks, depending on the vessel size. (www.bluewateryachting.com)
The RYA has added International Crew Training, a yacht school in Fort Lauderdale, as its newest partner. ICT has taken over International Yacht Training Fort Lauderdale’s STCW and MCA training programs. The RYA alliance now enables ICT to offer a full range of certified courses. ICT also has a crew placement division. (www.yachtmaster.com)
Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of Triton Today Monaco. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.