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FLIBS17: Bluewater to offer refit certification


Bluewater Crew Training and The Triton have partnered to develop a seminar series for the 2018 Refit Show, Jan. 10-11, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day “Introduction to Yacht Refitting for Yacht Managers, Captains and Crew” certification program is part of the Refit Show’s conference at the Broward County Convention Center. Industry professionals who complete six of the nine sessions offered will be awarded the new certification by Bluewater Crew Training.

The Bluewater certification seminars available at the Refit Show are:

  • Refit Yards
  • Legal and Liability Issues for Refits
  • Trends in Design
  • Basic Refit Preparation
  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Refit Case Studies
  • Department Responsibilities Before and During Refits
  • Creating a Refit Planning Guide
  • Conflict Resolution

Bluewater faculty are developing the curriculum for the new certification to improve the skills of captains and crew during yard periods and to expand job prospects for those who complete the program.

“The refit process involves a wide variety of expertise and experience that must be well organized and coordinated,” said Kevin Petrovsky, chief academic officer at Bluewater. “This seminar series is designed not only to provide an overview of the process, but to provide practical and tangible guidance at each stage of the process.”

All of Bluewater’s courses are also open to Refit Show attendees who aren’t seeking certification, but who wish to develop their own refit management skills.

“Captains and crew are integral to the refit process in any shipyard,” said Jim Miller, Refit Show director. “Providing them with the communication, management and teamwork skills offered by Bluewater will improve their efficiency, making them more valuable to yacht owners and their representatives.”

The 2018 Refit Show is a two-day trade show featuring exhibitors on every facet of a refit, including shipyards, designers, painters, equipment manufacturers, service professionals and more.

Now in its third year, the show will take over the entire exhibit hall, a space it shared with the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) previously. All exhibitors will now focus on yacht refits, their processes and skills.

The seminar series, too, has expanded to 24, up from 15 last year. More networking events and live product demonstrations are also in the works, organizers said.

To register for the Refit Show or to learn more about the new certification program, other seminar options, and reduced seminar rates for captains and crew, visit

The Refit Show is owned and managed by Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

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