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Bridge Watchkeeping, Navigation & Simulation, Radio Operation, Workboats Deck & Engineering, Superyacht, and STCW Training in Plymouth

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Established in 1985 and located at picturesque Crownhill Fort in Plymouth - Devon , Western Maritime Training is an ISO accredited, MCA,SQA, AMERC and Seafish approved provider of training courses based in the South West of the UK. Western Maritime offers training for mariners at every level, from STCW basic safety training to preparation for MCA Master Unlimited CoC Oral Examinations.

The main classroom is equipped with a Transas Full Mission Bridge Simulator and three smaller simulation stations and also has a GMDSS Radio Laboratory and is equipped with live MF, HF, VHF and Navtex sets and Transas GMDSS simulators for each student which are used for Inmarsat system simulation and for scenario and communication exercises.

In addition Western Maritime has large selection of specialist equipment and facilities to assist in the training delivery, including a dedicated workshop with a working marine diesel engine for the teaching Diesel Engine courses.

Training Programs

Bridge Watchkeeping


  • Human Element, Leadership and Management - Management Level - Helm (M) (5 days): This training is a mandatory part of the training requirements to obtain an MCA Certificate of Competency. The HELM (M) course provides candidates with the knowledge, understanding, skills and tools to effectively manage and lead crew on board, to the standard required by the STCW Code for management level seafarers.
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management - Operational Level - Helm (O) (3 days): Helm (O) training is a prerequisite for a first Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued by the MCA meeting the requirements of Regulation II/1, III/1 and III/6. The course provides students with awareness and understanding of the key human factors influencing effective resource management.
  • Master 200 / OOW 500 Oral Exam Preparation (4 days): This is an instructor led program using classroom teaching and practical sessions to ensure that candidates are up to the required standard for an MCA Oral Examination.
  • Master 200 / OOW 500 Oral Exam Training Week (5 days): This is an instructor led program using classroom teaching and practical sessions to consolidate the subjects covered.
  • Master 3000 Oral Exam Preparation (4 days): The first part of the course will include a review of all subjects in the Master 3000 syllabus which will then determine the specific subjects to be covered in more detail where candidates need strengthening. A mock oral examination will form part of the course.
  • Master 500 Oral Exam Preparation (4 days): Candidates are expected to have a reasonable knowledge of all subjects in the syllabus. It is recommended that candidates will already have their exam date before undertaking this course.
  • Master Unlimited Oral Exam Preparation (4 days): The first part of the course will include a review of all subjects in the Master 3000 syllabus which will then determine the specific subjects to be covered in more detail where candidates need strengthening.

Navigation & Simulation

  • Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems (ECDIS) - Transas (5 days): The aim of the ECDIS course is to train Bridge Watchkeeping Officers and other interested personnel in the use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems.
  • Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training - Operational Level - NAEST (O) (5 weeks): The NAEST (O) course is designed to provide candidates with the skills to maintain safe navigation through effective use of electronic navigation systems. NAEST training is a mandatory requirement for all MCA Certificates of Competency above OOW 500GT inclusive.
  • Small Ships Navigation and Radar - SSNR (2 weeks): The Small Ships Navigation and Radar (SSNR) course is an intensive course of study which follows the syllabus set out by the MCA/ MNTB, and forms part of the wider ranging Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST) course. The aim of the course is to equip seafarers with the knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch using radar, electronic charts, automatic plotting aids and other electronic equipment used to assist watchkeeping.

Radio Operation

  • GMDSS GOC - General Operator's Certificate (8 days): The GOC permits the holder to operate the radio installation on board any vessel operating in any Sea Area, with additional responsibility for equipment testing and undertaking any emergency communications.
  • GMDSS ROC - Restricted Operator's Certificate (3 days): The qualification is designed for mariners working exclusively within GMDSS Sea Area A1, defined as being within VHF range of a Coast Station.

Workboats - Deck & Engineering

  • MCA - Approved Engine Course (AEC) (4 days): The AEC enables students to carry out regular servicing of marine diesel engines, and to carry out fault prevention and detection. This course meets the requirements for the various MCA Codes of Practice.
  • Efficient Deck Hand - EDH (5 days): The Efficient Deck Hand course (EDH) is a theoretical and practical course that develops an understanding of shipboard organization and operations for crewmembers with a qualified amount of experience on deck. It is a requirement for all MCA certificates of competency with the exception of Master 200.
  • Boatmaster's Fire Fighting & Prevention (1 day): The MCA approved Boatmaster's Fire Fighting & Prevention course is aimed at skippers and crew of small vessels and is suitable for fishermen, boatmasters, inshore ferry operators and pilot vessels.

Superyacht Training

  • Navigation and Radar
  • General Ship Knowledge
  • Stability
  • Business and Law
  • Navigation, ARPA, Radar and Simulation
  • Seamanship and Meteorology
  • Celestial Navigation

STCW Basic Training

Medical Courses

LAST UPDATED ON Feb 12, 2017

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