Command and Control Course – Frequently asked questions


What is the purpose of the course?


Course aim

To provide delegates with the opportunity to develop command and control decision making skills in-line with recommended industry procedures.



Delegates will:

• Analyse a variety of situations in a simulated environment and assess the best course of action in each case.

• Resolve the situation with due regard to personnel and vessel safety, environmental needs and client expectations.

• Execute a suitable response plan utilising all appropriate and available means whilst having due regard for bridge team work, internal vessel communication and West Nautical shore support staff communications.



An annual, two day (0900-1700) simulation course developing command and control behaviours in superyacht Captains.

Each delegate will be “in command” of at least one simulation exercise over the two day course and will assist and observe all other exercises. Opportunities for experiential learning occur in the simulator bridge by observing actions taken by others on the simulator bridge, and in the debrief at the end of each exercise, which includes full video and audio playback of the simulator..

There will be a thorough debrief at the end of each exercise to allow for a full exploration of the strengths and weakness displayed and observed.

Debrief pages will be provided to assist delegates in identifying key issues.


Who is the course intended for?

This course has been designed specifically for Captain’s experienced in the Superyacht industry, or Chief Officers holding a valid Master 3000GT license or above looking for simulated command experience prior to taking their first command.


How many Captains will attend?

A minimum of six, maximum twelve delegates to operate in teams of no more than three.


Is there a qualification or certificate at the end?

The West Nautical Superyacht Captain Command and Control Course is a Merchant Navy Training Board recognised course, with an MNTB certificate being awarded to delegates upon completion of the course.

The MNTB recognition status provides delegates with assurances regarding the good practice, process and criteria by which the training course will be formally delivered and the costs involved. 


Where is the course?

The simulator used for the course is located at the South Shields Marine School near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.


Are there any minimum entry qualifications?

All delegates must hold a valid STCW Reg A-II/2 Master (Yacht) 3000GT or above qualification.


What are the fees?

£1200.00 plus VAT per person.


What is included in the fee?

The fee is fully inclusive of all airport transfers, local transport, lunch and evening meals and entertainment.


What accommodation is provided?

All delegates are accommodated in the same hotel, the Jurys Inn in the city centre, and West Nautical shall provide all local transportation including to and from the Marine School.

The course fee does not include accommodation, which West Nautical shall book on the delegate’s behalf at a discounted rate of £70.00 per room per night.


What do I need to bring with me?

Just yourself and your enthusiasm, everything else shall be provided!


How do I apply? 

Please email to register your interest and we will send you the course application form.


For full information about this course please click here. You can also view some of our previous delegates’ feedback by clicking here.