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Webinar courses set new direction

Reduced travel times for crew and lower hotel expenses for companies are being seen as a big plus for providing online training.

Brought into sharp focus by the current global situation and travel restrictions, this alternative method of learning looks set to continue according to the Maritime Skills Academy (MSA), part of the Viking Maritime Group, which has just gained MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) approval to run four of its STCW courses by webinar.

Updating Advanced Fire Fighting (UAFF), Designated Security Duties (DSD), Security Awareness (SA) and Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR) are theory based and, with a robust assessment process and in-depth student interaction in place, can be taught virtually rather than in an actual classroom. The lessons are broken into bite-size sessions to accommodate breaks for delegates and to guarantee optimum learning capacity for everyone.

MSA has received positive feedback from clients and crew alike, leading the company to conclude that teaching in this way will carry on even after the current situation has subsided.

Mark Jaenicke, Training & Performance Director, said, “We are very proud to be one of the innovators in delivering MCA approved STCW webinar and eLearning courses to the maritime world. We are always looking for new and diverse ways to assist the seafaring community. This method will not only help seafarers in the current situation, but we see it as the future of STCW training.”

Jaenicke continued, “More courses taught in this style will follow in the next few months at the Maritime Skills Academy as we see a new direction in how seafarers can learn remotely.”

Maritime Skills Academy has training centres in Dover and Portsmouth offering STCW Safety, commercial Fire, GWO, Hospitality and Deck and Engine Simulator training.

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