Our courses

Be part of the best trained crew

The academy is the only centre of its kind in the world, offering 150 accredited deck, engineering, interior and maritime training courses approved by the MCA , RYA , PYA and other awarding bodies. 

As part of Warsash Maritime Academy, we manage over 10,000 enrolments each year, and employ over 100 highly qualified and experienced maritime lecturers.


Our MCA -approved training programmes for captains, deck officers and deckhands are job-specific and allow students to build professionalism, earning potential and capability to progress quickly in their careers.

Our deck courses are designed to equip captains and officers with the skills to command and operate superyachts, including all modern navigational techniques, as well as legal and technical requirements.

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Deck help and advice

“Warsash deservedly has an outstanding reputation amongst the yachting fraternity”
Jonathan Lloyd, Master Yachts 3,000GT student


Gain the internationally recognised skills and qualifications necessary for a career as an engineering officer. We offer all 11 courses needed to progress from assistant to chief engineer on superyachts.

With a shortage of qualified personnel in marine engineering, there are excellent salary prospects and job opportunities for superyacht engineers.

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Engineering help and advice

"The academy supplies a great collection of notes, fantastic facilities and incredible support from many of the lecturers there, making any spend worth the expense.”
Daniel Springer, Chief Engineer (Yachts)


Superyacht owners and their guests expect nothing less than a seven-star service, delivered by a first-class interior crew.

Interior Yacht Services (IYS) has created a series of PYA -approved training programmes, adapted specifically for superyacht environments, providing beginners through to management students with skills and competencies.

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Interior help and advice

“It was a fantastic way for the new team to understand the style of service and the level we are aiming for.”
Chief Stewardess, 100m yacht

STCW, safety and security

Important changes to the STCW Code, known as the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments, came into force on 1 January 2012 and affect the way captains, officers and crew train. All our courses are STCW2010 compliant.  

We offer the full range of MCA -approved mandatory and non-mandatory safety and security courses.

“The amount of practical training was excellent. Practising real-life situations on all types of survival craft is excellent”.
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats student

Ship handling centre

The ship handling centre offers the international maritime industry an invaluable state-of-the-art training facility, using accurately scaled ship models to simulate the handling characteristics of actual vessels. 

As one of a very small number of major centres in the world, it provides specialised training and assessment for masters and senior officers in slow speed ship handling, enabling them to practise and progress their skills through trial manoeuvres in a safe environment.

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“It has a 10-metre model of a twin-screw, independent rudder and bow thruster vessel that I felt represented a large yacht exceptionally well”
Captain Brendan O’Shannassy

Leadership and management

The human element and team performance are increasingly recognised as being fundamental to safe and efficient vessel operations. 

Some of the courses within this section address the STCW 2010 requirements underlining the principles of resource management. 

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"I found the HELM course to be extremely beneficial and eye opening, covering a wide range of very relevant topics."
Oliver Castle, Second Officer

RYA qualifications

We offer all the necessary RYA training through our partner, Marine Matters, located within one mile of the Warsash campus. Marine Matters specialise in the professional delivery of training for superyacht crew.

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Professional development

Professional development units (PDU) offer a flexible distance or blended learning platform, so professionals are able to study remotely and continue to work whilst learning. 

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Undergraduate courses

Solent University’s world renowned yacht and power craft degree courses boast many famous alumni including; German Frers Jr, Rob Humphreys, Bill Dixon, Ed Dubois and Juan Kouyoumdjian. 

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Postgraduate courses

Our postgraduate programmes are designed primarily for seafarers and other maritime industry personnel who wish to use their professional experience to gain academic qualifications.

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