Maritime Training Academy

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Maritime Training Academy is a leader in distance learning training for the superyacht sector.

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Address: Peel House Upper South View Farnham, United Kingdom GU9 7JN

Tel: +44 (0)12 52 73 97 79

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No hesitation in recommending the course

, ISM/ ISPS Co-ordinator N/A - 11/03/2014-16:58
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As a serving Master Mariner, employed by a large yacht management company since 2004 as an ISM / ISPS Co-ordinator, I embarked upon the Diploma in Superyacht Operations to gain a more in depth understanding of the large yacht industry. The course content was well thought out and spread across the spectrum of understanding required of senior yacht crew. Its aim of supplementing the professional qualification of officers aspiring to command was met and exceeded. I found the split between distance learning and a final exam gave the course a credibility lacking in some others. Although the three hour exam is open book, it should not be mistaken as a gift and certainly tested the understanding of the previously completed modules. I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to others, for both enhancing existing knowledge and the sense of achievement gained.

Deeper understanding

, Operations Manager Maren Limited - 11/03/2014-16:57
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The Diploma in Superyacht Operations took me a year to complete and pass with merit. It required considerable commitment to accomplish all the modules and the exam. It was worth it! Despite having worked within the Marine industry for the past ten years, I felt that the course gave me a deeper understanding and insight into the myriad of players and their roles within in this exciting industry.

Exciting and interesting

, Purser N/A - 11/03/2014-16:57
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I have been in the yachting industry since 2001 and have always found it exciting and interesting. As I was lucky enough to work my way up to purser, I enquired a few years ago about a course that would assist me in learning the general management and operational side of yachting. Eventually I came across this one a couple of years later and wished I could have done it earlier, as it is a very good insight into all the areas of operation. I would recommend this course both to new joiners to the industry and people who have been in it for a while as there is a lot that can be learnt from this course. It covers all areas of operations to a good level and gave me a better understanding into areas I was not so familiar with.

Beneficial to all interested in the yachting industry

, Manager Affinity Management Services Limited - 11/03/2014-16:56
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The Superyacht Operations course is exceptionally well put together and provides students with the opportunity to learn many aspects of operational management from well respected industry experts.

Never before have I had the opportunity to develop my knowledge of so many facets of operational management within the one course.

The course is targeted at yacht crew, however, in my opinion this course would be beneficial to any individual who has an interest in the yachting industry.


, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:55
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I found the Diploma in Superyacht Operations invaluable in consolidating and extending my knowledge as a Yacht Manager. The course was well run with excellent reference material for all 12 modules. The modules covered every aspect of operations that one could expect to need in detail, and they provided information on where to source further information. The course deepened and broadened my knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the industry and it has provided some useful contacts. I would recommend this course whole-heartedly to anyone seeking to enhance their effectiveness and credibility in the industry, or equally to anyone just interested in learning more about this fast developing industry.

A great course

, . YCO Crew - 11/03/2014-16:54
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I think it’s a great course, for me as a female in the industry especially. I’ve learned heaps… and now I have a WAY better idea of how a yacht is managed, and it’s given me a good insight into all the bits and pieces that captains and managers have to deal with that the rest of the crew often don’t get too involved in. Especially if you work on the interior. I know a couple of Pursers who took the course the year before me, I spoke with them before I signed up to see what their views on the course were and it’s all been very positive. As a crew agent it’s helped me know my client better too.

It gives you a great base of knowledge upon which to build, and if you want to move up the ranks and become chief stew or purser in the future then it’s great to understand things like ISM, ISPS, boat accounts, what goes on within the yard etc… so you can be your captain’s right hand (wo)man!

If you are serious about the industry and want to give your knowledge a boost and learn about different things then I can’t recommend it enough.

The course is aimed at all superyacht professionals, but personally I really recommend it to the girls and the more junior crew who want to learn more in order to progress.

And on a personal note it’s kind of rewarding to see the looks on senior crew’s faces when you jump into a conversation about ISM with some interesting points… :o)

Very very useful

, Captain N/A - 11/03/2014-16:52
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Even as a holder of a Master Mariner’s diploma I found the training really useful and informative. The training is undoubtedly valuable and glorious and gave me more self-confidence for carrying out my duties. It was really just what I wanted!

It was a leap upon my knowledge for the yachting industry and now I am trying to figure how to move forward in the most effective way with all these amazing ideas and knowledge were given to me. I am so excited to have found so many wonderful new resources and met so many important people in the industry. I cannot wait to take the time to complete my plan taking my career to the next step!

Rather good

Past student - 11/03/2014-16:51
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I've done the course- it's actually rather good. It's a 12 module distance learning course covering various basic topics regarding operations of a superyacht. E.g there are modules on project management, accounts, ISM, interior management, ISPS and so on. I strongly recommend it to the girls aiming for Purser positions in the future (or chief stew) as it gives them a good overall basic knowledge upon which to build, not to mention confidence when seniors on board start talking about subject they probably haven't had much exposure to previously (ISM is always a good one). Also it's good for those peeps looking to step up to become captain in the future and want to get a good grasp of what's expected of them apart from actually driving the vessel. I know senior captains who've completed the course and their feedback has generally been that's it's a good course but didn't teach them anything new. It's more something captains could recommend to their crew.

Helped me understand

, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:51
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I have spent 9 years serving superyachts in India this course has made me understand certain aspects of which I was not conscious of. I am sure I will be a better agent from now on.


, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:50
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A great learning tool to reiterate what I already knew and opened opportunities to what I can do in the industry.

Extremely helpful

, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:49
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I enjoyed the course, learned a lot of new things and I am happy that I passed the exam. Donna Lilleyman has been extremely helpful. Throughout the course my questions have been answered immediately.

All modules have been very informative. Additional literature recommendations would be very helpful.

As I am planning to get involved in some shore based yachting business, this course helped me in a way that it gave me an insight into subjects which are less covered in offshore maritime training. I gained valuable knowledge within months. I probably could learn all that working offshore as well, but it would take me ten times longer. The biggest benefit is that, due to the gained knowledge, I simply feel more professional. I am more aware of the interrelations between all involved parties, offshore and onshore. This course brought me one more step ahead and I hope my new skills enable me to make a positive influence on the yachting environment.


Recruitment Consultant - 11/03/2014-16:46
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I seriously recommend the course to the girls more than anything. Personally it’s helped me get a better grip and understanding of the whole running of a superyacht, there are 12 modules on different subjects – some of which you’ll be a pro at and fly through (i.e. interior management!!) and others you should find pretty interesting, like ISM and ISPS. I think the accounts module is great for those seeking to move into a more pursers role, and the modules on project management address issues important for ALL senior crew (not just the captain and engineer) in yard periods and refits. Quite often the interior crew don’t get the exposure to these important issues, as they have enough of their own stuff to deal with when it comes to keeping the owner/guests happy, so this course would give you a good basic knowledge of lots of different areas upon which you can build. I think it’s a good confidence builder too. A little knowledge can be a powerful thing….

Broad overview

, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:45
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The course provides a broad overview of the Superyacht Industry. I would highly recommend it to everybody working in the industry

Helped me

, Purser N/A - 11/03/2014-16:44
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I definitely think the course helped and it really prepares you for being a purser as it provides a good grounding in many of the areas that as a stewardess you don't experience i.e: ISM. I enjoyed nearly all the modules and it has prepared me for much of the admin and issues I deal with now. Some modules, especially, the engineering one were a bit over my head but that is to be expected! I do not think I would have been able to take the step from stewardess to purser without doing the course and my captain is keen I do the exam.


, Captain N/A - 11/03/2014-16:43
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Excellent set of modules to commence your knowledge on superyachts and the superyacht industry. Well designed and produced to give you the right information and right amount.

Given me more understanding

, Chief Stewardess N/A - 11/03/2014-16:42
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The interior management and catering was the most enjoyable module for me as it is most relevant to my job as Chief Stew. It is very well written and useful for me in the future as a reference book. This course has given me a more general understanding of the entire industry. The course has prepared me for many situations I am likely to come across in the not too distant future on my yacht.


Maritime Diplomas - 11/03/2014-16:41
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The Diploma in Superyacht Operations is an informative and useful course. I am close to finishing it (my exam is in a month's time) and have found it particularly useful in my current situation in a shipyard. The course material is fairly challenging but if you read the information on the mpigroup website, it does state that the course is aimed at Captains or senior crew members. I don't know how much experience you have but as a Chief Stewardess and not an Engineer or Officer I think I probably had to do a little more research for each module than most of the other students on my course. The course itself is affiliated with the University of Portsmouth and is an accredited course - it means if you went on to study something similar at degree level at the University you could count the points from the Diploma. As for whether or not you should take the course, I think it depends on your future plans within the industry. If you are considering going on to work in yacht management ashore, the Diploma would be extremely useful...

Excellent Overview

, Chief Stewardess N/A - 11/03/2014-16:39
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This course gives an excellent overview of the industry, some additional research might be necessary to complete the assignments. I would consider myself now being able to work as a builder, but definitely as a Chief Stewardess or Purser, but maybe that is because I already have some experience in this field. All in all very helpful!

Really enjoyed it

, . N/A - 11/03/2014-16:34
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I really enjoyed learning more about the industry in which I work and this course will help me progress in my career in yachting.