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Warsash: Unlimited Officer Cadetship for Superyacht Crew

Warsash Superyacht Academy has introduced a new officer cadet training program tailored specifically to the superyacht industry. Sponsored by The Trinity House Corporation, this program is the first of its kind to issue a UK MCA Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency (CoC).

The superyacht cadetship is aimed at individuals with no previous seafaring experience, allowing them to become officers in the superyacht industry or the wider maritime industry, including cruise ships.

The course follows the merchant navy three year deck officer foundation degree program and consists of five phases, alternating between academic study at Warsash Supeyacht Academy and sea time to gain practical experience.

A major benefit of ths course is that as well as gaining the OOW (Unlimited) CoC, cadets are also awarded a foundation degree - FdSc Marine Operations - and academic exemptions towards Chief Mate (Unlimited) certification.

Warsash Tuition 

The superyacht cadetship includes tuition in core subjects and superyacht-specific modules such as:

  • Superyacht regulatory framework and operations

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2

  • VHF Short Range certification

  • Day Skipper or similar certification

  • Tender operations

  • Personal powercraft certification

  • Paint-care 

  • Superyacht hospitality induction

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Warsash offering tailored merchant navy deck officer cadetship with unlimited certificate for superyacht crew


The sea phases are conducted on board superyachts, sailing and commercial vessels, allowing cadets to gain valuable seafaring experience for 12-14 months of the three-year program.

Lars Lippuner, Director at Warsash Superyacht Academy said, “We are delighted to be in a position where we can deliver the superyacht-specific tuition alongside our merchant navy deck cadet training at Warsash. This new officer cadetship demonstrates the growth of the sector and highlights how serious it has become as well as offering unrivalled value to young people in helping them sustain long term career prospects.”

Funding & Support

Help is also available with funding via Trinity House, a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing opportunities and support for officer cadetships in the Merchant Navy. Candidates interested in the superyacht cadetship can now apply for sponsorship through Trinity House for courses beginning in September 2017. 

Don Millar, Operations Director at Chiltern Maritime said, “The first superyacht cadetship cohort started at Warsash two weeks ago, and we are delighted that Trinity House offers this opportunity to young people embarking on their career path as superyacht officers.”

Lars Lippuner also confirmed that Warsash is keen to persuade yacht management companies of the benefits of sponsoring superyacht cadetships for their future officers.

For more information please visit this page Warsash Superyacht Cadetship
Email Lars Lippuner or Suzanne Galloway 
Or call +44(0)7500 066906

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Warsash offering tailored merchant navy deck officer cadetship with unlimited certificate for superyacht crews to work on any size vessel

Warsash Superyacht Academy is part of Southampton Solent University and the world class Warsash Maritime Academy and is renowned for delivering high-quality training for superyacht crew, officers, captains and shoreside staff. The academy's purpose built, high-tech maritime facilities offer an outstanding envronment for hands-on, professional development. In collaboration with leading business and training partners, and 120 maritime lecturers, Warsash runs over 150 accredited entry level, managerial and advanced courses for 10,000+ students each year.

WARSASH OPEN DAY - Friday 27 January 2017

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