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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.

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Maritime Training Programs




STCW Courses

  • STCW Basic Safety Training Week (5 days): The STCW Basic Safety Training Week is made up of four courses which meet the minimum STCW familiarization and basic safety training requirements.
  • STCW Elementary First Aid (1 day): The training is designed to provide a basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering the most common emergencies aboard ship.
  • STCW Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (2 days): Using a combination of practical sessions, theoretical classroom lessons and demonstrations, the course provides you with the essential information to understand how to minimize the risk of fires on board and to know what fire safety equipment is carried onboard.
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (0.5 day): The course teaches knowledge of and compliance with safe working practices at a basic level.
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (1 day): The purpose of this sea survival training is to provide the essential knowledge and experience of personal survival principles to maximize the chances of survival in the event of an emergency, including practical training in the use of life jackets and inflatable life rafts
  • STCW Security Awareness Course (0.5 day): The course provides the necessary knowledge and proficiency to those intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid (4 days): The Medical First Aid course is designed for seafarers who are designated to provide medical first aid on board ship in accordance with STCW A-V1/4 (1-3).
  • STCW Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

Deck Courses

  • ECDIS Operational (5 days): The aim of the ECDIS Operational course is to train Bridge Watchkeeping Officers and other interested personnel in the use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems.
  • EDH - Efficient Deck Hand (5 days): The Efficient Deck Hand course is a theoretical and practical course that develops an understanding of shipboard organisation and operations for crewmembers with a qualified amount of experience on deck.
  • GOC - General Operators Certificate (8 days): The GMDSS GOC is the highest level of radio operator’s license available to the professional mariner. It meets all STCW conditions and is a requirement for unlimited MCA Certificates of Competence.
  • HELM-O (Operational) (3 days): The HELM operational level course is designed to meet the mandatory requirements for training as set out in Regulations II and III of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW).
  • HELM-M (Management) (5 days): The HELM managerial level course is a mandatory part of the training requirements to obtain an MCA Certificate of Competency.
  • MCA Boatmaster - 1 Day Firefighting: The MCA approved Fire Fighting course is aimed at skippers and crew of small vessels and is suitable for fishermen, boatmasters, inshore ferry operators and pilot vessels.
  • NAEST - Operational (3 weeks): The NAEST Operational level course is designed to provide candidates with the skills to maintain safe navigation through effective use of electronic navigation systems.
  • ROC - Restricted Operators Certificate (3 weeks): The GMDSS ROC is the minimum level of maritime radio qualification required by the professional seafarer. It meets all STCW conditions and is the minimum requirement for MCA for Certificates of Competence.

Engineering Courses

  • Approved Engine Course-1 (AEC-1) (4 days): . This course meets the requirements for the MCA Codes of Practice for the ‘Safety of Large Commercial Sailing and Motor Vessels’, the ‘Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels’ and the ‘Safety of Small Workboats and Pilot Boats’.
  • Approved Engine Course-2 (AEC-2) (5 days): AEC 2 is an MCA Approved, 5 day course enabling students to enroll in the new STCW Small Vessel route to Second Engineer. It is relevant to those working in the sectors of Fishing, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels. It comprises approximately 50% classroom theory and 50% practical workshop activities.

Superyacht Courses

  • OOW (Yachts) GSK - General Ships Knowledge (5 days): The General Ships Knowledge course provides detailed knowledge of on-board systems in addition to those covered in the Navigation and Radar course. This is an MCA approved module and a requirement for any OOW (Yachts) candidates
  • OOW (Yachts) GSK - Navigation and Radar (3 weeks): The Navigation and Radar course provides detailed knowledge of on-board navigation systems. The course is an MCA approved module and a requirement for any OOW (Yachts) candidates.

LAST UPDATED ON Oct 4, 2020