Who we are

Who we areA centre of maritime excellence

Warsash Superyacht Academy is a pioneering initiative from Warsash Maritime Academy, a global centre of maritime excellence, and its parent organisation, Solent University.

We are the world’s premier maritime education and training provider and part of a prestigious innovation hub, which includes other faculties and services within Solent University and our reputable training and business services partners.

What we do

We provide high-quality education and training for the superyacht industry to meet the growing international demand for crew, officers and captains who are trained to the highest professional standards.  We also provide a range of opportunities for professional and personal development up to master’s degree level.

With 70 years’ experience as a world-class and innovative provider of maritime education, training, research and development, our reputation for excellence in course provision and customer service is well established.

Professional approvals and accreditations

Our active participation in the work of professional and industry bodies ensures that our staff are involved in the decision-making processes that shape maritime education and training policy. These bodies include:

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)bridge-sim-jack400-web
  • Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB)
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • Nautical Institute
  • International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI)
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • NCFE.

The academy maintains all required professional approvals, accreditations and standards, including: 

  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
  • ISO 9001:2008 Standard for the design and delivery of vocational courses, as approved by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) 
  • Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)
  • Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • OPITO 
  • Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges (AMERC).

Our Quality Policy document sets out our vision, quality goals and objectives for our marittime education and training provision.


We are corporate members of the following associations:

  • International Superyacht Society (ISS)
  • Professional Yachting Association (PYA)
  • Superyacht UK

Why choose us

  • Our training facilities are unmatched worldwide.
  • Our teaching staff includes over 120 expert maritime lecturers.
  • Our student exam pass rates are consistently high and surpass industry norms.
  • We have an excellent pass rate in the MCA oral examinations.
  • Our provision is officially rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted (February 2012).
  • We offer the most comprehensive range of training programmes available worldwide.
  • We provide yacht specific training up to 3,000GT as well as unlimited certification.
  • We are developing the future leaders of the global superyacht industry.
  • Our campus has good links to international airports, with Southampton and Bournemouth close by, and London Heathrow/Gatwick one and a half hours away by car (traffic dependent). 

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