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.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
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.

General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts)

The General Ship Knowledge course (GSK) provides detailed knowledge of on board systems in addition to those covered in the Navigation and Radar course. Subjects include ship construction, stability, meteorology and seamanship.

GSK is an MCA approved module and a requirement for any OOW (Yachts) candidates.

The full syllabus is available to view here.

Pre- Course Requirements

RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency
RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate.
STCW Basic Training Certificates.

Candidates who already hold the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) qualification will find it to their advantage.

Course Content

The course includes , but is not limited to:

  • Ship Construction
    • Methods and Terminology
    • Loading and stressing of vessels
    • Causes and prevention of oxidation and corrosion
    • Load lines, bilge systems and damage control.
  • Stability
    • Basic stability and buoyancy.
    • Centre of gravity and metacentric height
    • Righting levers and moments
  • Meteorology
    • Global weather patterns
    • Use of meteorological instruments
    • Sources of weather information
  • Seamanship
    • SOLAS, MARPOL and COSWOP regulations
    • Pilot boarding

Course Delivery

General Ship Knowledge is a classroom based course using presentations, demonstrations, videos and practical sessions to deliver the course content.

Assessment and Certification

There is a 2½ hour written assessment to be taken on completion of the course. The pass mark is 60%.

Successful candidates will be awarded a pass certificate for the MCA General Ship Knowledge module, which is valid for 3 years towards your OOW qualification.




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

General Ship Knowledge 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 (Including examination and VAT) £900

Course Duration

5 Days

Approved By

MCA Approved Master 3000 Oral Exam Preparation Course


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