Warsash Maritime School

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Warsash Maritime School has provided first class education, training, consultancy and research services to the international shipping, commercial yacht, and offshore oil and gas industries for over 70 years.

As part of Solent University, Southampton, we benefit from a strong organisational and quality assurance infrastructure to maintain exceptional standards of teaching and service delivery.

We are the world’s premier maritime education and training provider and part of a prestigious innovation hub, which includes other schools and services within Solent University, and our reputable training and business services partners.

What we do

We provide high quality education and training for the maritime industries to meet the growing international demand for crew, officers and captains who are trained to the highest professional standards. Navigation, marine engineer and marine electro-technical officers benefit from our internationally recognised certification programmes, from initial entry as an officer cadet up to Master (Captain) and Chief Engineer level.

We also provide a range of short safety training courses (mandatory and non-mandatory) to all maritime personnel for development of skills such as firefighting and sea survival, as well as continuous professional development modules for more experienced officers.

We pioneered the use of bridge, engine room and liquid cargo operations simulators for higher level training, and our specialist ship handling training facility at Timsbury Lake is the only one in the United Kingdom and one of only a few major centres in the world.

As part of a higher education institution, we also provide a number of opportunities for professional and personal development and further study up to Master’s degree level.

Why choose Warsash?

  • Our unrivalled maritime heritage and pioneering spirit.
  • World-class learning environments including in our Maritime Simulation Centre built as part of a £43 million investment in maritime training facilities.
  • Excellent delegate pass rates surpassing industry norms.
  • Courses led by expert tutors, using industry-standard equipment in realistic settings.
  • A choice of more than 150 accredited deck, engineering, interior, maritime and offshore safety training courses, some including online or distance-learning options.
  • Assured high-quality with approvals from the MCA, MNTB, OPITO, SIGTTO, SQA, and other awarding bodies.
  • Our passion for developing the future leaders of the global maritime industry.
  • A commitment to ensuring the maritime workforce has the skills necessary to transition to a more sustainable future.
  • Easy access from London and across the UK with accommodation available both on and off site.

STCW Training Centres

Warsash Maritime School have their training centres in the following locations:

  • Warsash, Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Southampton, United Kingdom

Customer Reviews

Warsash Maritime School reviews as published on Google:

  • Heather Fowle

    Heather Fowle

    Average rating: 6 months ago

    Did my FOET here today. Best one I have done anywhere and done a few. Very professional and friendly wish had found them before. Very patient and explain everything really well would thoroughly recommend.

  • Cameron Allen

    Cameron Allen

    Average rating: 6 months ago

    Absolutely brilliant, couldn't fault them

  • fil wetfoot001

    fil wetfoot001

    Average rating: a year ago

    Attended for HUET with CA-EBS. Excellent presentation by Mike Blood and team, giving a much needed refresher and update on offshore safety.
    My only suggestions for improvement are too much time wasted on enrolment paperwork, and standing by poolside at Andark. Parallel in-water exercises could ease time constrained pool access.
    Thanks for your good work.

  • John Frosdick

    John Frosdick

    Average rating: 7 months ago

    Really good place to learn the instructor's were very good.

  • John Frosdick

    John Frosdick

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Really good instructors fantastic place to learn.

  • Chris Clark

    Chris Clark

    Average rating: 20 June 2022

    Great facilities and excellent instructors.

  • Allen Walters

    Allen Walters

    Average rating: 25 March 2022

    Excellent service and helpful staff, I really enjoyed updating my lifeboat and sea survival qualification. Working for the Royal Fleet Ancillary Service, we carry out lifeboat drills weekly, as a qualified Emergency Equipment maintainer, it's great to see the full range of Sea Survival Equipment and how to use them.

  • Moumita Sasmal

    Moumita Sasmal

    Average rating: 21 March 2022

    Good place to get sea survival trainings. Did my Bosiet and got a good experience.

  • Barry Clapson

    Barry Clapson

    Average rating: 7 February 2022

    Excellent virtual open day very informative

  • michael mcclean

    michael mcclean

    Average rating: 11 November 2021

    Totally ruined by the utterly futile, ridiculous mask wearing regime (though instructors wore plastic peak masks that would not stop a golf ball entering their mouths) inside the pool environment. Covid nonsense is made for people like this

  • paul cray

    paul cray

    Average rating: 7 August 2021

    Very difficult to offer an opinion when on the two occasions I visited it was closed... I won't bother going again.

  • CarryoutGull5


    Average rating: 1 August 2021

    Very empty

  • Dele Alegbe

    Dele Alegbe

    Average rating: 25 June 2021

    Lovely environment, friendly staff and professional. I bet it could be more exiting without the COVID restriction.

  • William Wilkins

    William Wilkins

    Average rating: 28 April 2021

    Went for a short course. All reasonably smooth even allowing for covid19 precautions.

  • Azeer Aaquilah

    Azeer Aaquilah

    Average rating: 6 April 2021


  • Dave


    Average rating: 19 November 2020

    Professional and thorough tuition on the Proficiency in survival craft course. Strong COVID precautions making for a safe and valuable course for mariners .

  • Derek Tweedie

    Derek Tweedie

    Average rating: 18 November 2020

    Great staff and excellent covid protection for. Everyone. Highly professional.

  • ftwproductions01


    Average rating: 9 October 2020

    Very helpful people

  • GD Buller

    GD Buller

    Average rating: 5 November 2019

    They are under lots of reconstruction, but facilities are all operational.enjoying my Medicare course good teacher too miss Cat

  • Gareth Jones

    Gareth Jones

    Average rating: 24 October 2019

    An excellent place to learn maritime safety.

  • Petros Karalis

    Petros Karalis

    Average rating: 13 April 2019

    I attended the basic offshore safety training course. Amazing experience! The tutors have tons of experience and they teach so many useful things. I would totally recommend the course. The only negative is the staff at the reception.. did not look very eager to help much

  • Prison Amsingh

    Prison Amsingh

    Average rating: 22 March 2019

    If you are coming through kunal anshuman then please don't come because he's a thug Not recommended to overseas student. Only best thing is you get work visa. Study wise it's not good. Don't have any bridge equipments. If you think of coming here then you better study everything because in college you won't learn anything. Facilities are ok and faculty is ok. Strictly not recommended to Indian students.

  • Becks


    Average rating: 26 December 2018

    Wonderful place let down by solent. Sadly you won't study at this fantastic site on the waters edge now, and Solent are interested only in the money and seem to have no understanding or concern about what goes into a maritime cadetship. Great shame.

  • Canadian Texan in Liguria

    Canadian Texan in Liguria

    Average rating: 11 May 2017

    Great School and facilities but unfortunately (as it was here 10 years ago) the cadets (and some of the company sponsored people) have little respect for short course students that are spending close to 2000 UKP to be here for a week of training. More importantly on Thursday nights - the nights before exams.

  • Geek Travel

    Geek Travel

    Average rating: 3 March 2017

    I did my lifeboat course, great place to study and the tutors were fantastic really helpful. Good surrounding area for food and a few drinks as well

  • Akshay Mannarwar

    Akshay Mannarwar

    Average rating: 17 November 2016

    I have studied here. This is the best Maritime academy in UK. The best professors are teaching here.
    Recently they have also started Super Yacht academy.

  • Mokhtar Rohani

    Mokhtar Rohani

    Average rating: 28 October 2016

    Attended Warsash Maritime College in 1979 for my Masters COC. I'm proud to have attended at this college. Been back revisited the college few time with lots of fond memories.

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STCW Basic Safety Training (New Entrants)
STCW Basic Safety Training Week (including free Proficiency in Security Awareness course)
Personal Survival Techniques
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Proficiency in Elementary First Aid
STCW Refresher
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques
Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
Advanced Fire Fighting
Proficiency in Elementary First Aid
Proficiency in Medical First Aid
Proficiency in Medical Care
Life / Rescue Boat
Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats)
Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
Safety Management
Shipboard Safety Officer
Ship Salvage Law and Practice
Designated Person Ashore
Maritime Internal Auditor
Maritime Auditor / Lead Auditor
Crowd Management on Passenger Ships (campus delivery)
Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
Proficiency as Ship's Security Officer
Company Security Officer (Top Up Route)
Deck, Bridge, Dynamic Positioning, Navigation
Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)
Human Element, Leadership and Management at the Operational Level (HELM(O))
Human Element, Leadership and Management at the Management Level (HELM(M))
Dynamic Positioning Induction
Dynamic Positioning Simulator
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
Deck (navigation) Officer - Foundation Degree Programme
Deck (navigation) Officer - Higher National Diploma Programme
Deck (navigation) Officer - Honours Degree Programme
Officer Of The Watch (HNC/Exam Route) for Experienced Seafarers
Chief Mate/Master (Post Cadetship Route)
Masters Orals
Engine / Electrical
High Voltage Training Management Level (HV)
High Voltage Training Operational Level (HV)
Engineer Officer of the Watch (IAMI/Exam Route) - For Experienced Seafarers
Engineer Officer of the Watch (Specialised Route)
Engineer Officer of the Watch - MNTB Workshop Skills Training
Marine Engineering Officer - Foundation Degree Programme
Marine Engineering Officer - Higher National Diploma Programme
Marine Engineering Officer - Honours Degree Programme
MCA Engineering Knowledge (Motor Propulsion) Management Level: Campus delivery
Marine Electro-Technical Officer - Higher National Diploma Programme
Marine Electro-Technical Officer - Honours Degree Programme
Superyachts - Deck
Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - General Ship Knowledge
Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - Navigation and Radar
Master (Yachts) - Business and Law
Master (Yachts) - Celestial Navigation
Master (Yachts) - Navigation, Radar and ARPA Simulator
Master (Yachts) - Seamanship and Meteorology
Master (Yachts) - Stability
Tanker (Oil, LNG, LPG)
Certificate of Basic Training for Service on Ships Using Fuels Covered Within the IGF Code
Certificate of Proficiency in Advanced Training for Service on Ships Subject to the IGF Code
Additional STCW courses
Dynamic Positioning Revalidation
GMDSS General Operator's Certificate (GOC)
Small Ships Navigation and Radar