Bluewater has for many years been providing high quality training ashore in Antibes and Palma and more recently, through the amalgamation with ICT, in Florida. Da Gama Maritime (DGM) have in the meantime been providing their bespoke onboard fire training for many years with a strong reputation for setting new high standards in bringing crew up-to-speed on the most effective techniques to help maintain their safety.
Both companies have now combined forces to bring crew the advantage of high quality onboard training and approved certification. MCA accreditation is available to attendees in Advanced Fire Refresher and Crisis Management courses conducted on board.
“We have been working with vessels from 36 through to over 200m in length and crew numbers from five to over one thousand to enhance safety at sea since 2010 with our bespoke courses,” said Steve Monk of DGM. “Now having combined with bluewater we can bring the advantage of MCA certification for some of these.”
Onboard training has the added benefit of allowing procedures to be reviewed specific to that vessel and of working with all crew on the techniques with their equipment, in their environment, with their fellow crew. “We’ve been approached by many vessels over the years who are looking for continuation training to be conducted on their vessel,” said John Wyborn of bluewater, “and partnering up with the professional service of DGM means together we can now deliver and ensure crew and guest safety is taken to a higher level with the appropriate certification award.”
Although able to provide MCA certified courses to the crew on board, the bespoke training DGM offers is still available to bluewater clients and includes additional discounts. This training includes chart outfit maintenance, navigation procedures and fire training and is particularly suited to new build vessels.
“We would encourage all captains and management companies to take a very close look at the procedures onboard and determine whether they really feel the exercises they run provide confidence in all crew” added Steve Monk, “It should be remembered there is a difference between training and drills and we regularly find the former is lacking, as it is just expected to run drills in accordance with Flag regulations and it is assumed all crew know what they’re doing.”
DGM is a business that provides navigation management and crew training to the maritime industry. Established in 2009, they have grown rapidly through reputation alone due to the experience, knowledge and professionalism of their team each of whom have served at sea for at least 20 years.
DGM provides onboard firefighting training with bespoke packages for vessels of any size and their professional maritime fire trainers regularly work with superyachts and commercial ships in crew training, equipment surveys and revision of firefighting procedures and equipment supply. Conducting this onboard the vessel allows procedures to be examined, discussed and if necessary amended while also giving crew the ability to be trained on their own equipment, in their environment.
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Founded in 1991, bluewater was created from the ground up, first as a crew placement agency, then quickly expanding to incorporate crew training, yacht charter, brokerage and management.
With state-of-the-art training centres in the major yachting hubs of Antibes, Palma and Fort Lauderdale, bluewater is the world’s largest dedicated yacht training provider. Our 60-strong team of experienced instructors train crew in every yachting discipline, from navigation and engineering to diving, safety and silver service. Our courses are accredited by the MCA, RYA, SQA, USCG, AMERC, HABC and PYA, and by Lloyds for quality assurance.
Bluewater’s training curriculum is modular and unified across our 3 centres, allowing students to seamlessly progress through their career from wherever they are in the world. For more information please contact us at:
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