Covid 19

Dear Customer
You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
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We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.

Watchkeeping and Navigation – Seafish

This Seafish Watchkeeping course is a component of the forthcoming MCA Under 16.5 metre Skipper’s Ticket and covers chartwork, navigation and signals. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for competent watchkeeping

Pre- Course Requirements

To attend this course all candidates must be over 18, already hold the mandatory safety certificates for Sea Survival, First Aid, Fire Fighting and Seafish Safety Awareness, and have at least two years of fishing experience.

Course Content

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of Watchkeeping
  • Understand the rules of the road
  • Explain principles of safe navigation and the uses and limitations of electronic navigational aids
  • Explain the IALA buoyage system
  • Understand lights, shapes and sounds in navigation
  • Understand vessel emergency procedures

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use charts to accurately: Find positions (Latitude and Longitude) and use scales and chart data
  • Use manual position fixing methods e.g. compass bearings and transits
  • Determine course considerations (tide, leeway, set and drift)
  • Determine water and ground tracks and Estimate positions with course made good and speed made good

Course Delivery

The course consists of lectures, films, demonstrations and practical sessions.

Assessment and Certification

Candidates are assessed throughout the course.

Successful completion of this course will go towards the overall requirements of the Under 16.5 metre Ticket certificate. Holders of this certificate can also keep watch on larger vessels


To book, select the course you want below and click 'Book Now' on the event page. 

Watchkeeping & Navigation - Fishing - Course Dates

There are currently no scheduled dates for this course. if you would like further information about the course or to discuss future course dates then please phone us on 01752 770589


Course Cost

Course Fee             DfT Funded

Exam Fee               N/A

Total (Inc. VAT)       DfT Funded


Course Duration

5 Days

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