Commercial Fishing

Commercial Fishing Courses - Introduction to Fishing, Fire Fighting, Health and Safety, Safety Awareness

Superyacht Training

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We are one of the leading providers of Seafish, SQA, MCA and STCW Commercial Fishing courses in the UK and have been providing training for fishermen for over 25 years. Our experience means that we are able to guide and assist you in the correct choice of courses and provide advice on funding which may be available.

New Entrant Fisherman - Compulsory training and the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course

Before you can go to sea you must attend a 1-day Sea Survival Course.

Within 3 months of completing the Sea Survival course, you must complete the following 3 additional 1-day courses;New Entrant Fisherman

Health & Safety - (Seafish)
Fire Fighting (MCA)
First Aid (STCW)

Alternatively, there is a 3-week course – Introduction to Commercial Fishing – which includes these four mandatory courses and training in the use of fishing gear, catch handling and watchkeeping amongst other things. For full details about the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course, how to register and for upcoming course dates, please click the link above. We run this course twice a year.

On successful completion of all 4 basic safety courses (sometimes referred to as fishermen’s safety training) you can apply for a New Entrant Certificate Photo-ID Card, a credit card sized document which verifies that you hold all 4 certificates.

After completing 6 months of service, you are required to attend a 1-day Safety Awareness course. This course MUST be completed within 2 years of starting fishing.

When you have 2 years of service and have completed all 5 safety courses you are classed as an Experienced Fisherman and can apply for an Experienced Fisherman’s Certificate Photo-ID Card which verifies these requirements.

Experienced Fishermen – Under 16.5m Skipper

As an experienced fisherman, you can progress towards the Seafish Under 16.5m Skipper’s Certificate. This is a voluntary qualification which is available at two levels, silver (restricted) and Under 16.5m Fishing Skippergold (unrestricted).

The Under 16.5m (Silver) Skipper’s Certificate entitles you to take control of a fishing vessel up to 20 miles offshore. To achieve this you must achieve the following additional qualifications;

2-day Stability Awareness (Seafish) (Consists of Stability Awareness for Experienced Fishermen and Advanced Stability Awareness)
2-day Bridge Watchkeeping (Seafish)
2-day Engine Room Watchkeeping (Seafish)
1-day GMDSS SRC (Or higher, we recommend the GMDSS ROC course as a higher level of qualification)

If you wish to achieve the gold (unrestricted) certificate need 2 further qualifications

5-day Bridge Watchkeeping (RYA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC Accepted as an alternative)
5-day Engine Room Watchkeeping (MCA 30 Hour Applied Engine Course (AEC))

Vessels over 16.5m

If you serve on a vessel over 16.5m whether as a Skipper or a mate, you must hold an MCA Certificate of Competency depending on the areas of operation as follows;

Fishing Area  Length of Vessel 

Deck Officer

– Class 1

Deck Officer – Class 2 Deck Officer – Class 3
 Unlimited  40m and over 2 1  
 Unlimited  Under 40m 1 1  
 Limited  30m and over 1 1  
 Limited  24 m or more but under 30m   1 1
 Limited 16.5m or more but under 24m   1  

Limited qualifications are restricted to the UK limited fishing area.

To achieve an MCA CoC, you must pass an MCA Oral Exam. Once you have fulfilled the sea-service and training requirements and you can then apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using application form MSF4345 (we can help you with this). Once your NOE has been issued, you can apply for the Oral Exam.

The training and qualification requirements for each Certificate are as follows;

Deck Officer – Class 3 – Fishing

Electronic Navigation Systems (ENS) Fishing

Fisherman’s Safety Training - The 4 basic safety training courses
GMDSS LRC or ROC
Signals Certificate

Candidates will also need to prove sea service and pass a colour blindness check.

N.B. Currently we do not offer the Class 3 fishing certificate as there is only a very small requirement, we recommend that you should consider the Deck Officer Class 2 as an alternative

Deck Officer – Class 2 – Fishing

To obtain the Deck Officer - Class 2 - Fishing qualification, you must hold the following certificates;

STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid  This is a 4 day course which fishing skippers do not need to update this qualifications every 5 years in the same way that merchant navy candidates do 
Electronic Navigation Systems (ENS) Fishing This course is still available at some training centres, but has been superseded by the 4-week NAEST (O) course (Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training)
Advanced Fire Fighting This is a 2-day course which includes the use of fire fighting systems and breathing apparatus. It is not the same as the 4-day STCW advanced course required by Class 1 skippers. Fishing skippers do not need to update every 5 years
GMDSS GOC This 8-day course is the highest level of commercial radio qualification available and will cover you for any radio equipment that you may use
Basic Survival Techniques This is the same as the basic 1-day Sea Survival course. We teach STCW Personal Survival techniques course which fishermen are not required to update every 5 years
HELM (O) – Human Element, Leadership & Management This is a 3-day course covering bridge and crew management
Signals Certificate We teach signals as part of the Class 2 Fishing course
SQA Class 2 Fishing Exam Pass The Class 2 Fishing course covers the subjects needed for the SQA exams. The exams take place every 3 months

You will also need to prove that you have 3 years sea time in an acceptable deck capacity, including 2 years on vessels over 12m in length, and pass a colour blindness check.

When you have completed all of the above then you can apply for the MCA oral examination.

Deck Officer – Class 1 – Fishing

To progress to the Deck Officer – Class 1 – Fishing qualification, you must hold the following certificates in addition to those listed above for the Class 2 ticket.

STCW Proficiency in Medical Care  This is a 5-day course which must be updated every 5 years
Navigation Control Course (Fishing) (NCC) This course has been superseded by NAEST (M)
Advanced Fire Fighting This is a 4-day STCW course. Fishermen are not required to update it every 5 years
SQA Class 1 Fishing Exam Pass SQA Class 1 fishing exams take place every 3 months

You will also need to prove that you have the required sea service (see below) and pass a colour blindness check before you can apply for your MCA Oral Exam.

Sea Service Requirements for Class 1 Fishing – This must be completed whilst holding the Deck Officer – Class 2 - Fishing

Either
12 months in fishing vessels over 12m in unlimited waters
OR
12 months in fishing vessels over 12m in limited waters AND 6 months in fishing vessels over 12m in unlimited waters
OR
2 years in fishing vessels in limited waters (at the discretion of the MCA Chief Examiner)

We offer a wide range of fully approved MCA STCW courses for superyacht crew of all levels, from basic safety training to professional short courses for the Master (Yachts), Chief Mate (Yachts) and Officer of the Watch (Yachts) Certificates of Competency.

I want to work on a superyacht – Basic Safety Training

Everyone wishing to work on a superyacht, regardless of position, needs to complete some basic safety training. Before you can be employed on board, you must complete the following STCW basic safety training courses;Superyacht Basic Training

STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Sea Survival)
STCW Elementary First Aid
STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)

Whilst it is not an MCA requirement, most yachts will require you to hold a security qualification. The basic security course is the STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness, however,  If you take any kind of active role in the security of the boat, for example passerelle duty, you will require the STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties.

As well as your basic safety training, you will need an ENG1 medical certificate to prove your medical fitness which must be renewed at least every 2 years whatever your function on board or level of seniority. Full details on MCA medical fitness certificates can be found here.

Deckhands, Yacht Ratings and Able Seafarers

Deck crew only need the STCW basic safety training to be able to work on board, but larger yachts may require you to hold a Yacht Rating Certificate, from here you can progress to an Able Seafarer. Full details on how to achieve these can be found in MSN 1862 Sections 3 to 5.

Officer of the Watch – OOW(Yachts) less than 3,000GT, Unlimited area

To obtain an OOW (Yachts) certificate you must be 19 years old meet the following training and sea service criteria before you can you sit your MCA Oral;

  • Hold RYA Yachtmaster Coastal OR IYT Master of Yachts Coastal
  • Complete the Yacht Training Record Book (Candidates with 36 months’ Actual Sea Service on yachts over 24m Load Line Length are exempt from this requirement)
  • Hold the following MCA qualifications in addition to your STCW basic training

Sea Service Requirements (Definitions ofd the different types of sea service can be found here)

  • Since the age of 16 you must have 36 months’ Onboard Yacht Service.
  • 365 days of this service must be made up as follows;
    • 250 days of Actual Sea Service (Minimum)
    • 115 days of any combination of the following;
    • Actual Sea Service
    • Stand-by Service
    • Yard Service – Up to a maximum of 90 days in total

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA OOW (Yachts less than 3,000GT) Oral examination, you can find the full syllabus here and we offer an OOW 3000 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) before you have completed all of the courses but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all these requirements even if you pass your oral before this time. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Chief Mate (Yachts) less than 3,000GT, Unlimited area

The qualifying requirements for a Chief Mate are very similar to those for OOW 3000, the sea time requirements and oral examination syllabus are exactly the same but you need the following additional qualifications;Chief Mate Yachts

You can apply for your Chief Mate CoC at the same time as your OOW 3000 as long as you meet all the qualifying requirements 

Master (Yachts) less than 500GT, Unlimited area

To progress to Master (Yachts) 500GT you must have 12 months’ Onboard Yacht Service as a deck officer on vessels over 15m load line length. This must include at least 120 days of watchkeeping service and be served whilst holding your OOW 3000 CoC. (Sea service definitions can be found here).

You also need to complete the following STCW qualifications if not already held;Master Yachts 500

And complete the following training modules and pass the corresponding IAMI exam;

  • Seamanship and Meteorology (Master)
  • Stability (Master)
  • Business & Law (Master)
  • Navigation, Radar & ARPA Simulator
  • IAMI Celestial Navigation exam (exam only)

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Master (Yachts) less than 500 GT Oral examination, you can find the syllabus here and we offer a Master (Yachts) 500 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) once you have completed the relevant sea service. You need not have completed all of the IAMI and STCW qualifications but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all the requirements. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Master (Yachts) less than 3,000 GT, Unlimited area

To progress to Master (Yachts) 3,000GT you must have 24 months’ Onboard Yacht Service as a deck officer on vessels over 15m load line length, this must include at least 240 days of watchkeeping service. Of this 24 months, either 12 months must be completed on vessels over 24m load line length OR 6 months must be completed on vessels over 500 GT. All of this must be served whilst holding your OOW 3000 CoC. (Sea service definitions can be found here).Master Yachts 3000

You must also hold an MCA Master (Yachts) less than 500 GT CoC and an IAMI Celestial Navigation exam pass certificate.

If you do not hold the Master 500 qualification, then you must complete all the relevant STCW short courses and IAMI module as listed above.

Once all of these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Master (Yachts) less than 3,000 GT Oral examination, you can find the full syllabus here and we offer a Master (Yachts) 3,000 oral prep course.

You may apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NOE) once you have completed the relevant sea service. You need not have completed all of the IAMI and STCE qualifications but you should complete them before you apply for your exam date. In any case your CoC will not be issued until you have met all the requirements. To apply for your oral exam, or for full details on the application requirements see MSF 4343.

Sea Service Definitions

The below terms will be counted in days and months. A day is defined as at least 4 hours of working duty in the deck department in a 24-hour period. A month is a calendar month or 30 days if made up of shorter periods.

Onboard Yacht Service – The time spent on board a yacht from enlistment to discharge regardless of the vessel’s activity.
Actual Sea Service – Time spent at sea, including time at anchor or river and canal transits associated with a passage.
Stand-by Service – Time immediately following a voyage while the vessel is being prepared for the next voyage. Your period of stand-by time cannot be longer than the previous voyage and you cannot count more than 14 days in any one period of stand-by activity.
Yard Service – Time spent during the construction, refit or repair of the vessel.
Sea Service – Includes Actual Sea Service, Stand-by Service and/or Yard Service.
Watchkeeping Service – Actual Sea Service spent in charge of a navigational watch. 4 hours of watchkeeping in a 24-hour period counts as 1 day. You cannot count multiple watches in a single 24-hour period as more than 1 day.

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This Privacy Policy sets out how Western Maritime Training uses and protects any information that you to give to us when you use this website. It is compliant with the General Data and Protection Regulation requirements.

Western Maritime is Training committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using our website or speaking to us personally; you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

ATP Western Maritime Training process personal information that is necessary for the issue of approved certificates to comply with our obligations as an MCA approved training provider and under the requirements of STCW.

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This Privacy Policy indicates your right to be informed of the data we collect regarding you. You have a right to access that information at any time without charge and to request changes to the data we hold about you if you think it is incorrect.

In certain circumstances you have the right to object to information, request erasure of information or request amendment of information we hold; but only if that information is not deemed to be a legal requirement and to be held by us by law or if the data is fundamentally incorrect. Your information is only held by us and the legal authorities that we operate under.

You can request a list of the data we hold regarding you by telephoning 01752 770589 or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In either case you will be expected to be able to pass security identification before progressing. If you request a data list, data alteration or data deletion we will respond to you within 30 days with a response detailing our actions. Where a change of information held is made, we will also notify the legal awarding bodies of our actions (if appropriate) and request them to alter the records held by them about you. However, we advise that you check with these Authorities as any actions they take or do not take are out of our control. There is no charge for this facility.

Data held by us will be given to you on request within 30 days in a list format. This does not include the issuance of duplicate certification. We will make a small charge for providing duplicate certification.

We will, on your request, forward your records list to a destination of your choice but in all instance a copy of this will be sent to your contact or email address we hold on record as well. We most instances, we will still be required by law keep the data we forward to you.

Your data is only held by us and never given to third parties outside of our legal obligation to do so. It will never be used as any part of any decision-making process about you or used as a profiling tool regarding you.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and date of birth
  • Contact information including email address
  • Demographic information such as postcode, resident address or c/o address
  • Training course history, attendance history, examination records, and personal identifying data such as National insurance numbers.

Please note: We do NOT hold any financial information such as account details, sort codes, account names, credit or debit card details, or any other method of payment. Payments via these methods are transferred through our very secure online payment system and are invisible to us. Payment details given to us over the telephone are only used to input the required information to the secure payment system and are invisible to us after the transaction process is completed.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information by law to satisfy us or Governmental bodies or other Authorities that the certification held by individuals or companies on behalf of individuals is legitimate. It also helps Port Authorities to detect fraudulent activities.

It also provides you with a better service, in that it assists us in being able to identify you properly should you require certification assistance or other record information, particularly for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may periodically send promotional email or letters about training, which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. You can opt out of this facility if you wish when booking online or by telephoning us on +441752 770589 or by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for official maritime market research purposes. We may contact you by email or letter (not phone) and you can opt out of this if you wish by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In cases where we need to contact you urgently, for example in the event of accident, course cancellation or urgent record clarification we may contact you by phone or email.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online, take over the phone or hold in our databases.

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Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the use of your personal information in the following way:

  • If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us on +44 1752 770589 or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we will remove you from our contact list.
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  • Training records and associated information are held on an individual basis and NOT a company basis. If your company wants or needs access to your information this must be initiated by you, the individual and you must be able to pass our security questioning.

 Record updating and issuance

We will automatically update your records and ensure accurately maintain your records.

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We reserve the right to make a small charge for the replacement of lost or mislaid certification.

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