The Seamanship Centre

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The Seamanship Centre, Killybegs Harbour, F94 V8 WH Co. Donegal, Ireland.

We are an Irish Maritime Administration & Maritime and Coastgard Agency Approved Training Centre.

We are based in our 900m2 state of the art Marine Training School in Killybegs Harbour NW Ireland.

ISA & RYA Training Centre.

We are Lloyds Register approved and operate to ISO:9001 2015 Quality management system. 

The Seamanship Centre has a worldwide reputation for outstanding maritime training. Our first class teaching staff and excellent industry standard facilities allow us to offer some of the best maritime training in the world in a flexible, friendly and professional manner. We offer professional industry training to international shipping companies, the offshore and yachting industries.

Our clients are Marine Professionals working for companies such as Windcat Workboats, RIX Shipping, MPI Offshore, Mainport, Vroon, Bibby Offshore, Vector Offshore, Maritime Craft Services, Norfolk Marine Ltd, Arklow Shipping, Svitzer Ltd, SMS Towage Ltd, Boston Putford, Atlantic Towage, Sinbad Marine Services, Atlantic Dawn Ltd, Fastnet Shipping Ltd, Smit Salvage, Turbine Transfers, Holyhead Towing, P&O Maritime, P&O Ferries, Njord Offshore, Northern Offshore Services, The Commissioners of Irish Lights, Marine Scotland, The Marine Institute, Island Shipping, Port of Cork, Irish Coastguard, Open Water Dredging and many other highly regarded companies working offshore. These customers often travel from all corners of the globe to attend and we have a constant flow of returnees, allowing us to develop strong relationships and keep up to speed with the ever changing training and certification requirement.

We are IMA, MCA, MSO, RYA and ISA approved training providers. At The Seamanship Centre we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to ensure that our students have a worthwhile experience and leave us having upped their game and passed the exam. To this end we will arrange extra tuition in the evenings, if an exam candidate is finding the going a bit tough or has difficulty with a specific task or concept. We do not charge extra for this but believe that as we rely on word of mouth to fill our classes that our extra effort will be rewarded by positive referrals to new clients.

The Seamanship Centre’s Mission

  • To provide relevant learning in an ever changing world.

The Seamanship Centre’s Vision

  • To be a centre of excellence for learners, the business community, locally, nationally and internationally.

The Seamanship Centre’s Core Values

  • The success of our learners is our main objective. We aim to deliver a quality learning experience in an environment that informs, educates and gives an enjoyable learning experience.


  • We are accountable to our learners and business customers


  • We act with fairness, honesty, respect and equality in our dealings with everyone.


  • We aim to achieve the highest standards and celebrate success.

Bespoke Training for organisations with specific requirements.
We run all our courses monthly or more often depending on demand and we can tailor a package to suit most situations.

STCW Training Centres

The Seamanship Centre have their training centre located in Killybegs Harbour, County Donegal, Ireland.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Lukasz Wisniewski

    Lukasz Wisniewski

    Average rating: a month ago

    Probably the best place in Ireland to get your courses done .Professional instructors and great set up .Couldn’t recommend enough, thanks to Richard and James for my AEC 1 course.
    Definitely will come back.

  • Deimantas Tamosauskas

    Deimantas Tamosauskas

    Average rating: 2 weeks ago

    Anyone welcome they take care of you 110% .I'm happy to learn and get my certificates. Best seamanship centre.

  • sean maguire

    sean maguire

    Average rating: 3 months ago

    Great course. Johnny B a very informative and experienced instructor. He has helped us pass our trainee boat crew for Irish Coast Guard.

  • Joey D

    Joey D

    Average rating: 4 months ago

    Done many a course with the guys up there. Absolutely brilliant, will aways go back to keep updated with training. There's no better place to get trained than the seamanship center

  • matthew harley

    matthew harley

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    Excellent course and great instructors. Enjoyed my week and completed the Yachtmaster Offshore.

  • Spiros Ilias

    Spiros Ilias

    Average rating: 23 December 2023

    Brilliant establishment in lovely Killybegs. Very professional and communicative. I completed AEC 1. Profound knowledge by the pros taking time out to answer all your needs. Excellent !

    Had to return to the seamanship centre to complete AEC 2. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. They go in depth right down to the nuts and bolts !

  • Patrick Mc ginley

    Patrick Mc ginley

    Average rating: 7 July 2023

    Hi all
    I recently completed AEC1&2 at seamanship centre in killybegs with Ricky and the crew
    Have to say,Can’t rate the course highly enough,Richard a top man
    The instructor we had for AEC 1&2(James king)a highly experienced engineer himself,I can’t speak highly enough of him,the guys so genuine and his warmth came across and it made all at the class so comfortable which in turn made the course a joy to be apart of
    Top notch

  • Anthony Connors

    Anthony Connors

    Average rating: 6 July 2023

    I carried out AEC 1 and AEC 2 , found the course very detailed and we'll put together , The lecturer James king is a chief engineer with vast experience and goes above and beyond to explain and put forward a very worth while and interesting course

  • Nathan Gallagher

    Nathan Gallagher

    Average rating: 11 May 2023

    AEC 2 course completed, James the instructor was extremely helpful and informative with a vast amount of knowledge. Would highly recommended doing AEC2 here.

  • Pat Murphy

    Pat Murphy

    Average rating: 30 April 2023

    Just completed the medicare refresher course. My second time refreser at the seamanship centre and found the course informative and very well delivered. Most importantly, the course went ahead despite low numbers which is a big plus when a lot of centres would just cancel at short notice.

  • Ross Mulhall

    Ross Mulhall

    Average rating: 12 March 2023

    Highly recommend the Seamanship Centre! I’ve been doing courses there for over the past two years and have to say it’s the best centre I’ve been to for doing these. I completed my Yacht Masters offshore Theory, essential STCWs, Deck Crane & Slinger banks man, AEC1&2, EDH and HELM course. Every instructor teaching these course have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and will tell you some amazing stories while teaching. They are all very friendly, fair and helpful when teaching and have been a pleasure to learn from. Ricky, John, Helen, Karl and James! Having so many course in the one centre and on so often was a great help to getting many completed quickly which helped securing a job right away in the yachting industry. Along with the doing the course in Killybegs you get to enjoy the experience of being in Irelands biggest fishing port seeing the super trawlers, beautiful Donegal coast and friendly locals. You just couldn’t beat it! Ricky is also a great help in guiding you in the right direction in any of the industry across the sea. Thanks and see you in a few years for the refreshers!

  • Ben Smith

    Ben Smith

    Average rating: 10 February 2023

    I completed three courses here in the last 3 months; AEC 1 & 2 and the EDH/AB course for working in the yachting industry. The instructors here are the best I’ve had so far, with a huge deal of information and experience as all have worked or still work on ships and vessel across the world.

    I will be back for the Medical First aid and other courses in this course and I’d highly recommend this course to anyone coming from the yachting background as it’s the most price competitive course out there!

  • Lukas Theron Badenhorst

    Lukas Theron Badenhorst

    Average rating: 20 November 2022

    Completed AEC 1 & 2 with Mr James King facilitating the course. Consummate professional in the engine room, James brought a wealth of maritime experience to the class room always ensuring to highlight personal safety, safety of the other crew and the vessel as utmost importance.

    Would highly recommend the team for your maritime training needs.

  • Colin g

    Colin g

    Average rating: 26 June 2022

    Attended stcw Last week, would highly recommend Seamanship centre very knowledgeable instructors and great people. Richard is a great guy and will help you in any way possible. Overall great place. I'm sure I'll be seen yous again soon

  • Oliwia Kondracka

    Oliwia Kondracka

    Average rating: 16 June 2022

    Just completed both the AEC1 & AEC2 at the Seamanship Training Centre. Excellently organised courses with very knowledgeable instructors. Any questions were answered in detail and I would highly recommend this place for any maritime course! Instructor is above and beyond to provide great knowledge from the first hand as he works on board. That gives lots of great videos and other materials straight from Engine Room! Thank you for this 2 weeks, I feel I learnt lots of good things.

  • Kira Bezuidenhout

    Kira Bezuidenhout

    Average rating: 25 March 2022

    Excellently organised courses with very knowledgeable instructors. Any questions were answered in detail and I would highly recommend The Seamanship Centre!

    I did the STCW week and Deck hand course. Having started with no knowledge of the industry, I felt the courses were highly informative and taught in a way that is easy to understand. Great coffee too!!

  • Oliver Nielsen

    Oliver Nielsen

    Average rating: 22 March 2022

    Good courses with great instructors that are full of real world knowledge. The coffee is great as well!

  • Amanda McDermott

    Amanda McDermott

    Average rating: 24 February 2022

    Avoid if you do their STCW course and want to gain employment on yachts. They don’t include one of the important modules (fire fighting) on it and without it your STCW is useless for getting employment on yachts. I mentioned it to them during the training, and was told it wasn’t needed for employment on yachts. I’ve been trying to get a job and I can’t without it! So €900 down the drain and now I have to pay that again to get it to go abroad as can’t seem to get anywhere in Ireland!

  • Paul Elatrash

    Paul Elatrash

    Average rating: 11 February 2022

    Great courses and great instructors. Really enjoyed my time at the centre and have a much deeper understanding of a whole range of topics that I studied there. Can’t recommend them enough and cannot stress enough how brilliant the instructors are. No matter your level of knowledge, they really will go above and beyond to ensure you get value for money and leave understanding with confidence, all topics within the course work. My thanks to everyone at the seamanship centre

  • Dave Kearney (LiveEvents)

    Dave Kearney (LiveEvents)

    Average rating: 4 December 2020

    Just competed both the AEC 1, AEC 2 and slinger/banksman course at The Seamanship Centre. Both James and Richard delivered top quality courses and gave an in depth course delivery that’s far above and beyond the rest. Not only did James deliver the course well but gave us an on the job experience in his day to day life as a full time sea going officer this is experience and knowledge you can’t get from a PowerPoint presentation that so many other training centres focus on. Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future.

  • Denis Coulson

    Denis Coulson

    Average rating: 30 November 2020

    Couldn't speak higher of the two lads. Great courses and professional delivery of info. Will 100% be back.

  • Patrick Dillon

    Patrick Dillon

    Average rating: 18 October 2020

    Just completed my Yacht Masters in The Seamanship Centre. Great course and well run. Big thanks to Richard and John. I’ll be back soon.

  • Owen Flaherty

    Owen Flaherty

    Average rating: 17 August 2020

    I recently completed Approved Engine Courses 1 & 2 in The Seamanship Centre, Killybegs. I also completed my Yachtmaster 200 Offshore here several years ago.
    Richard Timony has a natural rapport with people and communicates very well with attendees. I found the courses very informative and well presented.
    James King delivered the second part of the engine course in a professional manner. His marine knowledge and experience is second to none. This was demonstrated using presentations and videos based on his current role as Chief Engineer on the Granuaile.
    I would highly recommend the centre and instructors for seafarers looking to advance in the industry.

  • Colin Metcalfe

    Colin Metcalfe

    Average rating: 23 January 2020

    I have attended two training courses at the Seamanship centre in the past four years and both have been of high quality. Very genuine and in-depth course delivery from experienced Mariners. The facilities are well equipped, clean and comfortable and good accommodation was available in the village at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

  • Scotty Young

    Scotty Young

    Average rating: 19 December 2019

    I just finished my master 200 prep it was a great course and really enjoyed it . Huge thanks to Andy and Richard.

  • Fionn Tierney

    Fionn Tierney

    Average rating: 2 December 2019

    Brilliant instructors and course content, this is my first call when I need to get certs updated

  • A Google User

    Average rating: 2 December 2019

    Brilliant instructors and course content, this is my first call when I need to get certs updated

  • Martin Martin

    Martin Martin

    Average rating: 10 September 2019

    Recently attended a 4 day Approved Engine room course 1 and elementary first aid. Can't rate the seamanship center highly enough. Will definitely be doing all courses here from now on

  • Gary O Shea

    Gary O Shea

    Average rating: 3 March 2019

    I recently attended the 5 day medical care aboard ship course and could not have asked for a better experience. Richard and his team were extremely helpful and professional throughout my time there. I would highly recommend the Seamanship Centre to anybody looking to further their career in the maritime sector.

  • Colm Murphy

    Colm Murphy

    Average rating: 4 February 2019

    I very highly recommend the Seamanship Centre to all seafaring professionals. I have attended the MCA Master 200gt Oral Examination Prep Course, RYA Offshore Yachtmaster Theory Course, Human Element, Leadership and Crew Management and RYA Approved Engine Course at the centre. I have been highly satisfied with the knowledge taken from these course which have all contributed greatly to my career advancement and my professional development. The Seamanship Centre has provided me with quality tuition from experienced lecturers in a friendly and open environment so I would like to say well done and a big thank you to Ricky, Andy and Helen.

  • Sophie Skinner

    Sophie Skinner

    Average rating: 8 January 2019

    Great school. Professional setup. Super experienced instructors. Informative yet fun, in the pool doing sea survival training. Richard sorted out any form filling etc, Couldn’t recommend enough. Will definately be back.

  • Leighann Daly

    Leighann Daly

    Average rating: 26 October 2018

  • Gary K

    Gary K

    Average rating: 20 September 2018

  • Gary K

    Gary K

    Average rating: 20 September 2018

    What can I say about the seamanship centre in Killybegs? (Wow). Rick and Andy know what they're taking about. (Great Instructors) For all your needs in the marine sector you should book the seamanship centre.
    Thanks gents for all your help and training.

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