Dutch instructor Maaike Van Mameren (in the background) and French instructor Monica Jacobs assess the performance of mega yacht crew during a Sea Survival course at the Carib Swim Pool, Cole Bay. (Photo MSWI)
MARIGOT–The Maritime School of the West Indies (MSWI) completed its first crew courses in advance of the Caribbean mega yacht season with nineteen students taking the official Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) course and the world-wide recognized six-day Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 2010) basic safety course. Another class took the Small Powerboat and RIB Level Two and VHF course.
“With many reservations and bookings received at several marinas it definitely looks like a busy winter season can be anticipated,” MSWI stated.
While a few yachts had already made a short stop on the Dutch and French sides on their way to the Fort Lauderdale Boat show, several others will visit the island before attending the Antigua Yacht Charter Show later (December 4-9) and return afterwards to St. Maarten/St. Martin for the holidays and beyond.
Aspiring crew and others who are working on yachts already but need to take refresher or other courses, have already made bookings for upcoming courses, even as far in advance as next year.
The Maritime School building in Marigot was demolished by Semsamar after last season because Hurricane Irma damaged the building and that part of the marina is still in a deplorable state.
The school is currently using the container classrooms in the Geminga Shipyard (next to Island Water World, Marigot) as it did last season. For information and applications see www.MaritimeSchool.net.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/91862-fully-attended-mswi-courses-usher-in-mega-yacht-season