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Superyacht training schools

Article by Chris Clifford


If you’re looking to climb the career ladder, there are a myriad of courses and schools available. ONBOARD looks at the best class room and virtual training schools


Seably is a DNV approved digital training platform for the superyacht sector that improves crew performance, safety and wellbeing through the finest quality online teaching. Courses are created by superyacht trainers and experts who understand the unique learning challenges crew face, ensuring that ALL learning is engaging, accessible and constantly up-to-date. Crew can download courses to complete from anywhere in the world and be certified using facial recognition software. This has a positive impact on crew performance and mental health, as well as increased engagement and safety at sea. Superyacht owners are able to reduce their carbon footprint and training overheads by using Seably to deliver all of their training needs online, whilst crew are onboard! In the Seably platform there are 60 training specialists and 100s of courses designed for the superyacht crew, such as STCW regulatory training, leadership, wellbeing and service training.


Warsash Maritime School, part of Solent University, Southampton has a long-established history of promoting professionalism and excellence in the maritime industry. For over 70 years they have offered maritime professionals first class education and training. Today, their consultancy and research address the needs of the international maritime and offshore industries – and lead the way into a more sustainable future. Deck, engineering and electro-technical officers benefit from the internationally recognised certification programmes, from officer cadet to Master and Chief Engineer, while the

maritime lecturers and technical instructors provide outstanding professional development and STCW safety training. The team are also proud to offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in maritime business, law, shipping and port management, and yacht design and engineering. Always at the forefront of maritime provision, they pioneered the use of bridge, engine room and liquid cargo operations simulators. And during the Covid-19 pandemic, the school pivoted to sophisticated digital educational provision. In the last few years, the school has invested tens of millions of pounds in new facilities, including in the UK’s largest Maritime Simulation Centre; new engineering workshops; an ETO lab; and at the Manned Model Ship Handling Centre – the only facility of its kind in the UK.

Purser Trainer

Purser Trainer was launched in 2018 by experienced Yacht Purser and GUEST-accredited trainer Angela Wallace. It is the first online purser training program dedicated to those who want to advance their careers in the superyacht crew industry and is IAMI and GUEST accredited. With one year to complete, our innovative e-learning system offers a flexible course structure which can be completed according to your schedule from anywhere in the world. Course topics include the role of the purser, crew administration and logistics, port clearances, financial administration and budgeting, maritime legislation and legalities, guest logistics and much more! Throughout the program, you will receive personalised one-to-one coaching and mentoring calls with Angela as you work through each module. Upon completion of the course, Angela also offers ongoing support. We were honoured to receive the ACREW Superyacht Business Award for Crew Training in 2021 for our interactive program. Along with Purser Trainer, Angela is also

the director of Interior Training for the PYA, and as such, she also heads the welfare group, which has been established to discuss crew welfare issues, such as bullying, harassment, abuse and mental health.

Luxury Hospitality
Luxury Hospitality
Luxury Hospitality

Developing Your Human Element with Luxury Hospitality. Putting people front and centre, Luxury Hospitality leads the way in service training, personal development and leadership for superyacht crew and professionals ashore. The starting point with all new clients is to gain insight and greater self- awareness via LH Dynamics, a talent awareness tool that identifies your natural strengths, style of communication and team fit. LH Dynamics can be truly transformative for both individuals and teams and it underpins everything LH does. A recent candidate said: “I was reminded of my worth. Of my value. It was exciting. And amazing.” Applying the same philosophy to their skills training, LH service experts enable individuals to excel, and build high performing teams who thrive on taking service to a whole new level. LH service training is delivered on board and is tailored to the specific needs of each vessel. For aspiring leaders, captains and HoDs, LH also offers leadership training in person and online, as well as coaching. Leadership expert Martin Mainey says: “In any leadership role, the landscape and demands are constantly evolving and coaching can be a huge support through times of change and new challenges.”


The Maritime Skills Academy is helping the industry set new standards by delivering a higher level of deck and engine simulation, marine, fire and safety training. Today, with a focus on personal service, the MSA offers over 500 expert courses to over 5,000 delegates annually. As a Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Global Wind Organisation, GUEST accredited course provider and UK Chamber of Shipping recognised centre, they are as proud to be meeting the high standards of commercial operators as they are in supporting individuals to maintain or

build their professional development. With training centres in Portsmouth, Dover and Gibraltar the MSA offers simulator training in BRM, ship handling, tug operations, Polar Code and Engine Simulator training in ERM, High Voltage, plus STCW Safety, commercial Fire, medical, GWO and Hospitality training. The Maritime Skills Academy is Viking Maritime’s vision for a new type of academy. Offering complete training management, they provide world-class centres with state-of-the-art locations, supporting delegates from around the world; whether from the cruise industry, private yacht crews and marine shipping crew or increasingly those working in offshore/renewables and maritime construction.

Baobab Development Solutions

Baobab Development Solutions (BDS) is an internationally accredited Training Provider in the Hospitality Sector based in Cape Town, South Africa. BDS specialises in skills development courses within the Hospitality sector as well as the yachting industry. Courses included in the portfolio are: Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service) (RQF), Highfield Food Safety in Catering Level 2 (RQF), Highfield Food Safety in Catering Level 3 (RQF), Housekeeping Skills Proficiency (Housekeeper Training) and Food & Beverage Skills Proficiency (Waiter Training). The Food Safety Level 2 & 3 courses are legislated by local government as well as the Maritime Coastguard Agency and BDS provides these courses in class and e-learning formats. Personal attention to students in class as well as e-learning is something BDS prides itself in. BDS values business ethics and integrity in training as the most important cornerstone of the business.


Seascope has specialised in providing MCA Approved STCW training for over 15 years. With expert tutors and top class facilities, they pride themselves on delivering high quality training courses for all their students. Seascope is a leading UK STCW training provider, and their progression has seen the company establish a training location in the prestigious yachting backdrop of Antibes where STCW courses have been delivered expertly for over a decade. For the past year, Seascope has also been offering STCW training courses in Palma de Mallorca too. Seascope offer a wide range of STCW

courses that include the Full Basic and Refresher courses alongside upskill elements such as Advanced Fire Fighting and many more. Courses are run frequently and can be offered every week. In 2022 Seascope were delighted to be awarded the winners of the ACREW Best Superyacht Crew Training award. In summary, the company was commended not only for its ability to train crew just starting out in the yachting industry but also to offer advanced courses reaching the highest levels of professional yachting.