Captain’s Command and Control Training Course 2017

West Nautical will be hosting its third annual MNTB recognised Command and Control Training Course in October 2017.

Designed specifically for those who possess a STCW Reg A-II/2 Master (Yacht) 3000GT or above, the training programme will be run in association with South Shields Marine School and AkzoNobel, Gateshead from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th October 2017.

The first two days will be spent in a 360-degree bridge simulator at the Marine School, where delegates will be put through a series of scenarios with the aim of improving bridge team resource management and emergency response. The simulated vessels are motor yachts between 40M and 90M in length, with realistic handling characteristics.

West Nautical, along with Kate Gillespie from KG Maritime, have developed the simulated scenarios to be superyacht-specific and crew-focused to ensure that delegates gain valuable experience in a realistic environment.

Previous Command and Control Training Course attendees have dealt with situations that have included crew altercations, fires, collisions, distress situations and the rescuing of persons from the water, all whilst dealing with the demands of guests and crew.

Following each simulator session, a debrief takes place where delegates can analyse the actions taken and the responses to the scenarios to allow them to identify any learning points that can be taken back and put into practice on board.

The West Nautical yacht management team are also put through their paces, playing an integral part in the scenarios: dealing with Captains via telephone and testing their own emergency response plans, adapting to the actions of the Captains performance during their training scenarios.

The final day of the programme will be spent at AkzoNobel’s Gateshead factory, where yacht coatings are developed, created and produced on site.

In addition to the simulator sessions and the AkzoNobel site visit, we are delighted to welcome new sponsors and partners to the 2017 course, including Medical Support Offshore Ltd who will be conducing some bespoke medical refresher training to the candidates, and superyacht accounting software company, Voly , who will join the West Nautical yacht management team in a training seminar regarding how bespoke software can improve the efficiency of yacht captains.

We are also delighted to have this year partnered with ACREW, a yachting organisation that aims to deliver high–standard worldwide events which introduce professional development opportunities to superyacht captains and crew.


With only a limited number of spaces available this course provides a fantastic opportunity for Captains to network, update their skills and acquire new knowledge to implement once back on board. A series of evening entertainment has also been arranged in some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants.

Speaking of the course, Jean-Marc Bitouzet, Captain of 60-metre motor yacht St David said: “The simulator training was fantastic. These types of training exercises are a must for us as Captains, I felt I learnt a lot from particular scenarios and incidents that were given to us. We forget from time to time that these things can happen and we need to have this type of training to refresh us and remind us of what practice we put in place when we are on our own yachts. 

“I have worked for large management companies for over 13 years in the industry and I have not ever been offered this type of training before, I will be highly recommending this to other Captains to join next year”.

For further information on the West Nautical Captain’s Command and Control course or to sign up contact training@westnautical.com or call +44 191 478 9920. You can view the course’s FAQs by clicking here.


Additional testimonies include:

Chief officer Daniel Hodgson: “Before this course the commercial NAEST Management Simulator training was the best I had in my career, this week beat it.”

Daniel George, formerly of the 68-metre MY Hermitage said it was a fantastic course that covered many of the aspects of being a Captain that weren’t included in the training for his Master’s ticket.

He said: “My last three simulator sessions have all been based on navigation and the ‘rules of the road’. This course focused on management decisions and communication skills and I found it very beneficial. The team at West Nautical has thought of everything that may cause problems at sea and then added even more pressure to really test us. I’m confident that the lessons learned here will be remembered always. I’m very impressed.”

Additional feedback from former delegates can also be found by clicking here.