The Bachmann Group has announced the opening of a new training centre at its headquarters in St Peter Port in Guernsey on the Channel Islands. The new facility adds capacity to its purpose-built training centre in the UK that opened a year ago in Lee-on-Solent.

Bachmann says that its training division will provide new courses that 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 provides students with 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 24V supply and a comprehensive five-day course on electrical fault finding for chief engineers.