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Mike Blood

Mike Blood FHEA, PCE(CertEd), NEBOSH (G)

Senior Lecturer

Warsash Maritime School

023 8201 4261 ext. 4261 Room no. WS008


Mike is a senior lecturer for the maritime safety training courses run by Solent's Warsash Maritime School.

Mike has represented Solent at several search and rescue (SAR) conferences, domestically and internationally, and has been guest speaker sharing information of activities at Solent with the wider international maritime rescue and military community.

For the last four years, Mike has been a team member with Hamble Independent Lifeboat Service. This has enabled him to conduct SAR rescues for numerous missing persons, or vessels in distress. He has twice been awarded rescue of the year.

Prior to joining Solent seven years ago, Mike was a lecturer at Fleetwood Nautical Campus. Before joining Fleetwood he was a team leader with MFRS in Liverpool. This was an adoption of his team within the River Mersey Inshore Rescue Service. Three years of operations enabled him to conduct SAR rescues for numerous missing persons or vessels in distress. He also represented the water rescue team in the USA during a Swift Water Rescue course in Texas.

During his career in the forces, Mike spent eight years with the Royal Marines, conducting nuclear weapons security and amphibious operations in the Landing Craft branch. He conducted operations in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leonne, deployment to Afghanistan and the 2003 Iraq war. He previously spent eight years with the Royal Navy Operations (Radar) branch and five years as a Royal Yachtsman aboard HM Yacht Britannia.

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Mike has many years' experience in the maritime industry. Follow the link below to find out more.

    As a survival lecturer, Mike has worked in two survival schools, two branches of the armed forces full-time, two branches of the armed forces as a reservist, as well as two rescue services. All of this is relevant to teaching at Solent in the survival and safety training department.

    While at Warsash, Mike has been a volunteer team member with Hamble Independent Lifeboat Service in support of HM Coast Guard for the last four years, conducting SAR activity for vessels and persons in distress in the Solent operating area. For two consecutive years, he achieved the award Rescue of the Year, nominated by other members of the service. 

    Mike has previously been a team leader for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Marine Fire 1. This was the standalone swift water rescue boat unit conducting 24/7, 365 cover of the River Mersey in support of HM Coast Guard. During this time he was involved with the successful rescue of numerous missing persons and persons in the water, as well as vessels in distress.

    He is a qualified AB in the seamanship deck department from his service with the Royal Navy Operations (Radar) branch. He conducted deck and radar operations for deployments, exercises and military operations, both domestically and internationally. He was a member of the Permanent Royal Yacht Service for five years aboard HM Yacht Britannia in support of royal visits and Government business worldwide. He has also operated as rescue boat and escort launch crew for a wide range of activities both deep sea and for harbour or coastal operations.

    As a section commander in the Landing Craft branch of the Royal Marines, Mike is able to conduct and teach landing craft and small craft amphibious operations including SAR to LC(2) level. This has been instrumental for davit operations and small craft and lifeboat operations at Solent.

    Mike has been responsible for personnel and infrastructure security at high level, both militarily and commercially, to include UK nuclear assets and international governments including royalty.

    Mike has command leadership training qualifications from the armed forces, including NEBBS management. He holds RYA qualifications for small craft including VHF radio and is a commercially endorsed skipper under MCA SOLAS rules, also holding RYA PPR as required.

    Mike has received and maintained first aid qualifications to HSE FAW level, I am a RLSS life guard as required in service and holds a NEBOSH (G) certificate for professional health and safety management.


  2. Teaching experience

    Mike is course leader for all STCW survival courses for maritime safety training (other than fire and medical). STCW training includees sea survival and lifeboat and rescue boat, as well as fast rescue boat courses and security awareness.

    Mike also leads courses for OPITO oil and gas offshore safety training - this includes safety induction and sea survival and helicopter under water escape, including compressed air emergency breathing systems. He also leads OPITO minimum industry safety training courses.

    Mike has been teaching for 11 years, seven of which have been at Solent University. He was also involved with teaching of relevant subjects as a section commander with the Royal Marines, and later with the Royal Marines Reserve.

    In addition to this, Mike has contributed to professional teaching activities with Hamble Volunteer Lifeboat Service and supports and leads staff training for maritime and offshore subjects as required. He has also provided consultancy to Condor Ferries in St Malo, France.

  3. Awards

    Mike has received a number of awards during his career. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • General Service Medal (GSM) Northern Ireland (for anti-terrorism operations OP Sea lion). This clasp was instituted for award to personnel involved in the various operations in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.
    • Operational Service Medal (OSM) Sierra Leonne (Op Palliser 2000 and later Op Silkman). Palliser was the first large-scale intervention by British forces in the Sierra Leone Civil War.
    • Operational Service Medal (OSM) Afghanistan (Op Veritas 2001). The codename used for British military operations against the Taliban government of Afghanistan in 2001.
    • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).
    • Operational Service Medal with Rosette (OSM) Iraq (Op Telic 1 2003). The 2003 invasion of Iraq was the first stage of the Iraq War.
    • Long Service and Good Conduct (LS&GC). Regular members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (ratings, marines and officers) who have completed fifteen years of reckonable service.
  4. Research interests

    Mike's research interests lie in search and rescue command and control, including maritime and urban search and rescue; and high-speed boat operations.