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

Senior Lecturer

Biography

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, 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

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.