Warsash Superyacht Academy

"First class yacht training for crews and captains"


WSA provides first-class education & training for Superyacht crew, officers & captains. Students are trained to the highest professional standards from an establishment of almost 70 years’ experience as a world leading provider of maritime education.

Main contact

Address: Newton Rd., Warsash Southampton, United Kingdom SO31 9ZL

Tel: +44 (0)23 82 01 50 04

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Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) is the world leader in superyacht crew training. In collaboration with their reputable training and business service partners, WSA offers more than 138 accredited deck, engineering and interior courses, and other bespoke services to the yachting industry.

Unmatched crew training facilities

As part of the world renowned Warsash Maritime Academy, the teaching faculty includes over 100 expert maritime lecturers, and in addition the scale and range of training facilities at Southampton, UK is unmatched worldwide.

Training courses

Clear progression routes are available for crew who are looking to further their careers including to Officer of the Watch Unlimited. Their MCA approved training programmes are job specific and allow students to build professionalism, earning potential and competency to progress quickly in their chosen career.

Visit the Warsash website for:

• Information on careers and career progression routes
• Course information
• Job search advice
• Specialist training and business services

More information on superyacht training courses

Deck Qualifications

WSA has approval from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to offer all of the course modules and programmes required to obtain an internationally recognised Certificate of Competency (CoC);

• Entry level / Efficient Deck Hand
• OOW (yachts & unlimited)
• Chief mate (yachts & unlimited)
• Master (yachts & unlimited)

Engine Qualifications

WSA offer all of the 11 courses needed to progress from assistant to Chief Engineer on modern Superyachts;

• Entry level / Approved Engine Certificate
• Chief engineer (Yachts & unlimited)
• Engineer OOW
• Second engineer

Interior and Hospitality Qualifications

WSA interior courses are accredited through the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) and delivered by our Superyacht training partner specialist, Interior Yacht Services;

• Introduction Level
• Intermediate Level
• Management Level - Less and more than 500gt

STCW Safety Training

WSA offers full range of STCW safety training courses as required under MCA and STCW regulations;

• Fire Fighting
• Maritime Safety Training
• Medical
• Navigation / Radio Communications
• Safety Management
• Security
• Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM)

Ship Handling Centre

A state-of-the-art training facility near Romsey, uses accurately scaled model ships to simulate the handling characteristics of actual vessels;

• Ship Handling
• Advanced Ship Handling
• Formal Assessment of Ship Handling
• Twin screw Ship Handling
• Ship Handling Appreciation

Professional Development

Meeting the high standards expected by owners, employers and maritime regulators require continued professional development;

• Bridge team management
• Engine Room Resource Management
• Crew Resource Management
• Leadership Coaching for senior Officers
• RYA Powerboat and Watercraft courses

Distance and Blended Learning

WSA offers an extensive range of career development programmes - delivered so professionals are able to study remotely wherever they are and can continue to work whilst learning;

Superyacht Training Facilities

As the UK’s centre of maritime excellence, the range, scale and quality of training and support facilities offered by Warsash for crew in the Superyacht industry is unmatched worldwide.

• Bridge Simulators
• Ship Handling Centre
• Full Mission Engine Room Simulator
• Engineering Workshops
• Survival Craft Facilities
• Fire School
• Radio Communications Centre
• Seamanship Centre
• Library and IT Suite
• Accommodation
• Catering
• Sports and Leisure

Hours of work

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Friday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

All times in GMT.

I hope to return

, Master Yachts 3,000GT - 10/09/2015-13:47
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I studied at Warsash for my OOW and Master 3000, and have spent several months there as a student since 2012. I have always found the level of professionalism and knowledge second to none. Having completed courses at other training establishments, (UKSA, JPMA, Glasgow Nautical College) I always find myself singing the praises of Warsash staff and facilities, and recommending them to anyone considering courses.

Whilst they may not be the cheapest, they do provide the highest level of maritime education, and one which I feel is frequently reflected in the competency of the officers they produce. I hope to be returning to undertake my OOW Unlimited at some point in the near future.

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Commercial Yacht Training

, Owner Representative of 60m+ N/A - 07/02/2014-14:31
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I look forward to using WSA's services again next season as the training has certainly made a difference and is clearly something that yacht charter companies should be investing in their crew.

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Navigation and Radar

, Yacht Student of 60m+ N/A - 07/02/2014-14:30
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Navigation and radar was excellent! What a great job! Thank you.

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Yacht Master

, Yacht Master Student N/A - 07/02/2014-14:29
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High professionalism, great preparation, excellent facilities and great care at student preparation. These are the ingredients of the best maritime school I've ever attended.

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, Chief Engineer of 60m+ Anon - 07/02/2014-14:28
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Warsash has always provided me with everything I needed to pass any exam. They supply a great collection of notes, fantastic facilities and incredible support from many of the lectures there, making any spend worth the expense. Any question asked, an answer is always given, as the combined experience of all the lectures at the academy is countless.

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, Second Officer of 60m+ M/Y Anna - 07/02/2014-14:26
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I found the HELM course to be an extremely beneficial and eye opening, covering a wide range of very relevant topics and I would thoroughly recommend the course to all areas of the industry.

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Master Yachts Less than 3,000GT

, N/A N/A - 07/02/2014-14:25
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It should be noted that Warsash deservedly have an outstanding reputation amongst the yachting fraternity and I shall continue to recommend them in the future.

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School of Engineering

MY Liberty - 18/09/2013-11:46
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Professional service with experienced lecturers who are eager to help.

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Y2 courses

, Chief Engineer of 60m+ Mirage - 17/09/2013-10:04
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Excellent courses, lecturers with great study facilities. Highly recommend going to Warsash over any other yacht training facility in the UK

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