Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA)
The Academy is one of the world’s leading providers of education, training, research and consultancy to the international shipping and off-shore oil industries.
Operating from its Warsash Campus, which is dedicated to the needs of seafarers, the Academy is an integral part of Southampton Solent University. This means students benefit from all the academic and welfare support services expected of a modern university.
The Academy has developed a wide portfolio of training services ranging from basic first aid to professional certificates of competency for navigation and engineer officers. After first entering the industry as cadets the Academy can take officers through to ship’s master and chief engineer qualifications and also provide the continuous professional development necessary to hone and update skills throughout their careers.
The range of training provided reflects the diversity of knowledge and skills that a ship’s officer needs in order to operate a modern ship in a safe and environmentally sensitive way, whilst still meeting the demands of a competitive commercial industry. Officers under training at the Academy are prepared for service on ships ranging from cruise liners to tankers, and super yachts to container ships.
Fire fighting, first aid, boat handling, sea survival, security and radio communications are all part of the mix, together with the specialist professional skills needed by navigation and engineer officers.
This safety training expertise does not only apply to ship’s officers. Everybody earning a living afloat, be they seismic surveyors or hospitality staff aboard a cruise liner, must understand the potential hazards and how to deal with them.
With the dependency of world trade on shipping and the need to achieve ever higher standards of safety, environmental awareness and operational performance, the expertise and innovative approach to education and training that Warsash Maritime Academy has developed will continue to be an asset and an example to the maritime industries for many years to come.