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First Superyacht Specific - Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course

Superyacht crew often go to huge expense and travel across the globe to specifically to take a training courses at an accredited training centre. finding training dates is not always convenient available especially at short notice prior to boarding their superyacht / megayacht.   Online training could be the ideal solution with the first of its kind Superyacht Proficiency in Designated Security Duties course approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency specifically for superyacht crew.    Virtual Training Centre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5InBNZOJsQ   So what are the benfits.......... Saves time and money associated with traveling costs to test centres Flexible learning, available 247 - anytime, anywhere (r...

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Virtual Training Centre launch 1st Fully Online Ship Security Office Course Approved by UK MCA

In the last 12 months Virtual Training Centre we have delivered accrdited 100% online training in 46 countries to Superyacht Crew, Shipping Companies, Cruise Lines, Crewing and Ship Management, Off-Shore O&G, Recruitment Agencies, as well as Private Clients.  The benefits of online training are apparent as it affords many advantages, not only is it cost effective, convenient reliable and efficient, it may save significant time and costs associated with travelling to a test centres with training availability.  Today, more and more companies are identifying these key benefits and implementing online training as a core part of their 'duty of care' and 'security training strategy'.  VTC realised the requirement for companies and indivi...

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UK MCA approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course now 100% online.

Taking the official UK MCA approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course online is a great way to save potentail crew memebers significant time and money. There is no need to travel to a test centre for training or to sit an exam. This can all be done through Virtual Traning Centre's eLearning platform and is 100% online.  The learner will need to upload current photographic ID and on successful completion of the course with therequired mark the learner can immediately download a proof of completion certificate. Additional official embossed certificates can be purchased for a small additional cost and posted direct http://virtual-training-centre.online/all-courses/mca-approved-stcw-isps-proficiency-in-security-awareness/  Employers ...

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Superyacht Security

Listening to Superyacht crew members and their security concerns, Skills 4 Security & Training now include the following modules with a S4ST Certificate of Compentency with the all MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Maritime Security Training (SSO and PDSD) Courses, with no additional charges.   Topics include:   An introduction to Maritime Piracy - Maritime Anti-Piracy Countermeasures  -  An Introduction to Terrorism  -  An Introduction to Improvised  Explosive Devices  -  Maritime Terrorism, An Emerging Threat  -  Weapons  -  Parts & Components  -  Explosive Devices of Terrorism.  

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Superyacht jobs, but which security training course do I need?

The STCW Convention and Code, as amended by the Manila amendments (2010) contains new maritime security (MARSEC) training requirements. All personnel who are either employed or engaged on board vessels to which the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) applies require this level of training. But which course do I need to take?   Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) - This is a maritime security training course is specifically designed for all members of a ship crew members without designated security duties on board ship, and who do not require either Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO) or Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) certification. This includes those wishing to work at sea, all ship crew and personnel engaged on...

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When must a Superyacht be ISPS Code compliant?

To answer this question, you must understand if the Superyacht is considered as a passenger vessel (which is nothing to do with size or gross tonnage).   If there is more than 12 passengers onboard (not including crew), paying or not, on charter, if the vessel is over 500GT. Then vessel must be International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) compliant at all times and the crew must possess the relevant approved security training.   Most Superyachts are classed in accordance with the MCA's Large Yacht Code (whether UK flag or not), so almost all stay under 12 passengers so they don't become "passenger vessels" (ISPS has a more regulations to comply with) so technically most Superyachts are classed as "cargo vessels".   The mai...

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FREE Additional Training Modules - Anti-Piracy & Terrorism Awareness

Due to the associated threats and risks to the Maritime Industry, most waters are in range of armed robbers, maritime pirates and terrosist groups.   S4ST have included the following modules to our MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Maritime Security Training (SSO and PDSD) Courses at no extra cost and includes an dditional S4ST Certificate of Compentency in the following: Anti-Piracy & Terrorism Awareness Modules:   An introduction to Maritime Piracy / Maritime Anti-Piracy Countermeasures / An Introduction to Terrorism / An Introduction to Improvised / Explosive Devices / Maritime Terrorism, An Emerging Threat / Weapons - Parts & Components / Explosive Devices of Terrorism.

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Moving from Vessel to Vessel v Long Term Job Prospects

Working in the superyacht industry, travelling the world with lots of exiting exepiences is very appealing. Meeting new people along the way, lots of fun ashore and leaving some of the stresses back home. However, if you are serious about a career on Superyachts you will need a good CV. Working on a large number of vessels for short peiods may not be enought to guarentee the best postions. This industry is growing fast and many Superyachts are venturing further afield. Competition is getting tougher. Progressing through the ranks will require commitment and dedication, simply hopping form vessel to vessel may not be the right thing to do. This can also leave captains and owners in difficult situations, being let short staffed. Employers will be looking for the best candidates fullfil...

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Tips and advice for getting work on a Superyacht.

It is mandatory that all vessels with paying passengers on board require their crew trained in STCW95, this is a 5 day course which includes sea survival, fire training and first aid. Many private vessels will ask for this training as many often fall within the ISPS code. Training can completed at the many training approved centres across the globe, you would need to locate one a convenient for yourself.    You will also need an ENG1 medical certificate, you will be required to take a half an hour medial with an authorised doctor. A list of authorised doctors is available on the UK MCA website.  All vessels that fall under the ISPS Code require all crew members to have successfully completed the relevant recognised security training courses. Many priveate owners w...

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Will Superyachts be a terrorist target?

Attacks by pirates have dramatically increased in the Indian Ocean according to IMB reports. Superyachts in the Mediterranean Sea have become a growing concern. Skills 4 Security & Training Limited, have developed an eLearning Superyacht Security Awareness Training course. The course is designed for all crew members, offering easy access, any time and place. The courses is CPD certified an international recognition of learning which may enhance career prospects. Designed by a former Royal Marines Commando the aim is provide management companies, owners and crew, yet effective method of additional knowledge of the risks and threats associated with Superyachts. The e-learning course extends the knowledge gained with mandatory STCW ISPS courses and focuses on the sp...

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