Bachmann training division will provide new courses that have been designed to fully complement its activities in yacht management, recruitment, regulatory compliance and crew remuneration.

Bachmann training

New yacht safety breakdown course provides training to 20 students on a regular basis

Bachmann Group has announced the opening of a new training centre at its headquarters in St Peter Port on the Channel Islands.

The new facility adds capacity to its purpose built training centre that opened a year ago across the water in Lee on Solent.

In addition, the Guernsey-based company says that its training division will provide new courses which have been designed to fully complement its activities in yacht management, recruitment, regulatory compliance and crew remuneration.

Courses already scheduled for the new centre are:

  • Electrical safety for non electrical staff
  • Electrical fault finding for engineers
  • High voltage awareness
  • PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)
  • Risk assessment
  • Yacht safety breakdown
  • Stress management
  • Emergency 1st aid at work
  • Manual handling and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)

One of the latest packages added to the Bachmann training programme is the yacht safety breakdown course, which offers to bring students to a basic competency level, including training in engine breakdown at sea, electrical faults, pre-voyage preparation, radio operations and procedures, and boat safety as well as elementary planned maintenance routines.

“We already see this becoming very popular with young people who are keen to make a career in yachting, maybe planning to join a yacht as deck crew and work their way up,” says Keith Austin, business manager of Bachmann Training.

In addition, Bachmann says its training programme includes specialist subjects. These include a marine electrical course focusing on the intricacies of 24 volt supply and a comprehensive five-day course on electrical fault finding for chief engineers.

Austin also makes a case for his training school’s position on the Solent being part of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ where a consortium of training establishments with a wide range of marine specialties work in harmony with each other and within the same geographical area.

“We can provide training and the necessary instructional equipment for certain subjects that our neighbours cannot offer,” he says. “But equally they have their own specialist curriculums which they are fully geared up for. Happily we all appreciate this and are comfortable with working together.”

“Therefore whatever the training requirement, from STCW through to an Advanced Diploma in Marine Engineering, we are able to point students in the right direction and negotiate the best rates for them,” Austin concludes.