Our facilities

The top training destination

The range, scale and quality of training and support facilities offered by the academy for crew in the superyacht industry is unmatched worldwide.

Our courses are delivered over four campuses, each with specialist maritime training facilities. Students  have access to the resources and benefits offered by Solent University, including its innovative virtual campus and online learning environment; as well as library and IT resources, catering and sport facilities.

£30 million investment in campus facilities by Southampton Solent University since 2008.

Bridge simulators

Gain first-hand experience in our full mission bridge simulator (with its panoramic views and an extensive range of training scenarios), in one of our five multi-purpose bridge simulators, or in one of our three ECDIS suites.

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"Warsash continues to develop its world class training facilities with the most modern equipment in both deck and engine room simulator training.”
Don Millar, Director, Viking Recruitment Ltd

Ship handling centre

Our ship handling centre is located at Timsbury Lake, near Romsey. The centre provides specialised training and assessment for captains and senior officers in slow-speed ship handling using scaled ship models.

This unique multi-million-pound facility offers large yacht deck officers a variety of ship handling challenges.

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The only centre of its kind in the UK and one of a very small number worldwide.

Engine room simulator

Our full mission engine room simulator is designed for team-based resource management training and can be linked to a bridge simulator to provide a total ship simulation training environment.

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Engineering workshops

Our engineering workshops include extensive facilities for bench/hand fitting, welding, marine power plant and electrical maintenance. There are specialised laboratories for electronic navigational systems, thermodynamics, mechanical and control engineering experiments.

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Fire school

Our purpose-built fire fighting training facility provides a realistic environment in which students can learn the vital techniques of fighting fires at sea.

The fire school contains a three-storey steel ship/offshore module for live fire training, a helicopter fire fighting and rescue unit, full breathing apparatus training unit with a simulated double bottom tank, fire pits, fire screen and other devices for simulating a variety of fire types.

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“The most effective and relevant fire course I have attended to date”
Advanced Fire Fighting course student

Survival craft

On our pier head facility and floating pontoons, we operate a range of survival craft and different launching scenarios to meet international safety training standards.

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Radio communications centre

Live installations and specialist simulators.

Seamanship centre

Extensive practical facility for efficient deck hand training.

Library and IT

Library and IT facilities

We have one of the biggest nautical libraries in the country.

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Accommodation and catering

Accommodation and catering

Find out more about accommodation and catering options at all our campuses.

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Sport and leisure

Sports and leisure

Solent University has a number of excellent sport facilities available for our students to use.

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Southampton Solent University

Solent University

Our students have access to all the resources and benefits offered by Solent University. 

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