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Keep your Qualifications up to date & brush up your Yachting CV!

Caroline Blatter

With Spring around the corner, the next few weeks in February & March are the perfect time for crews to be brushing up on their skills prior to the start of the busy charter and Summer holiday season.

Several training centres have been highly recommended to us by Captains and Crews, providing a whole host of courses from STCW basic crew training to specialised courses in security,  medical training and fire fighting – or anything from a PADI diving course to becoming a wine expert. 

Kick start your career with entry level courses, keep on course with refreshers or advance your skills with a choice of new or upgraded qualifications at one of these training centres. 

If you come across a good course, cookery school or training centre that deserves to be listed as a Captain’s Recommended Service, please tell us about it by filling in this form – there’s nothing better than personal recommendations!

Good luck….!


D & B Services  We’ve had excellent feedback about D & B Services based in Antibes, who are both MCA  & RYA accredited to run courses,  including MCA approved STCW basics, Powerboat, GSK, HELM ECDIS, GMDSS GOC and the RYA Yachtmaster Practical, Ocean and Offshore.

Visit our dedicated page or have a look at their upcoming schedule for the next few weeks.   

Antibes – Palma – Ft Lauderdale 

Bluewater run courses in a variety of key locations including Antibes, Fort Lauderdale and Palma.

There’s a course most weeks covering a vast array of subjects for every area of a yacht’s operation.

Bluewater came highly recommended to us, visit our dedicated page  for further contact details.

Antibes -  St Maarten  - Other bespoke locations

If you want to brush up your wine knowledge take a course with VSF Group.   Well known and appreciated as expert wine suppliers, VSF offers Level 1 – 3 WSET wine courses for Chefs, Sous-Chefs, and Chief Stewardesses in Antibes and St Maarten. The Wine and Spirits Education Trust is a globally recognised examination body, meaning any candidate who passes one of these exams will receive an official qualification – a great addition to any yachting or hospitality CV.   Visit our dedicated page to all VSF has to offer. 


Club de Mar Medical 
Dr. Johanna Clark is an experienced GP with an extensive background in occupational and travel medicine, as well as in medical education and health & safety. She and her team are MCA Approved Tutors and run MCA Approved Medical Courses most months. 

Courses include Elementary First Aid, Medical First Aid, and Medical Care Onboard (Ship´s Captains) and Update.

The Practice received another round of enthusiastic feedback last year, with Captains and Crews saying: “CdM Medical are really great, especially for medical courses”  “The Club de Mar Team really do go the extra mile” “The best medical course I have ever attended!”  

Have a look at Club de Mar’s enhanced page .



Palma  -  Southampton  -  Fort Lauderdale -  Bespoke locations

MSOS (Medical Support Offshore) not only provides comprehensive medical support to yachts and their crews, but offers bespoke specialist medical classroom training in the UK and Ft Lauderdale as well as on board anywhere in the world, ranging from superyachts to family world cruises. Currently scheduled in Palma on 23rd February, 30th March & 27th April  are EFA (Elementary First Aid), MFA (Medical First Aid), MC (Medical Care) and UMC (Update in Medical Care), all MCA approved. 

MSOS come with a catalogue of recommendations to us, so have a look at MSOS’s full listing or contact them to discuss your crew training requirements.  


With a longstanding history of first class training, and the only centre of its kind in the world, Warsash Maritime Academy offers 150 accredited deck, engineering, interior and maritime training courses approved by various governing bodies. With a huge staff they run a vast selection of courses year long. Book early to avoid disappointment! Have a look at our dedicated page.


Ondeck, located in Falmouth Harbour, is an RYA & MCA accredited Maritime training centre, providing both practical and theoretical courses. It is the only training company able to offer facilities in both Southampton, UK and the Caribbean.  Mile building instructional sailing trips plus all RYA courses and other short courses including PPR, VHF Radio, Powerboat level 2 and online navigation courses are just some of what’s on offer. Have a look at their enhanced listing, they have a great quick course finder on their website!  

Dive Centres in the Caribbean 

There are many Training Centres recommended to us, so search this link to browse a location & Dive School that might work for you.   

St Barths

Birdy Dive – St Barth Plongee offers everything from a first time dive experience to a full range of Courses. 

As a qualified PADI Instructor, diving professionally since 1989 with a massive 5,000 + dives supervised, Birdy is THE man to go to if you are in this part of the world. 

We receive fantastically positive feedback each year for this professional, charismatic and sensitive instructor, and the courses he runs. Visit his enhanced webpage for further details.


St Martin, French West Indies

Maritime School of the West Indies  "A highly professional set up” and “An excellent crew training facility” are two of the Captains’ comments we picked up this year for this respected training school  located in Marina Royale in Marigot, St.Martin.  

Despite the hurricane damage to the island the school with the first STCW 2010 course date on 11th December and courses running until May.  There are also plenty of MCA approved courses from IYT Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore and Ocean to the Small Powerboat and RIB / Tender license and plenty of other standard and specialised courses. The school can be reached easily in the lagoon by dinghy or tender. Have a look at our dedicated page or contact them for their Winter schedule.

New Zealand

There are various opportunities for crew to attend more specialist superyacht training courses around Auckland. Please see those recommended to us here. 


Keep up to date on all your qualifications & always keep safe!

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