Bluewater Crew Training in the US has teamed up with The Triton to develop a seminar series for the 2018 Refit Show, which runs from January 10-11 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day ‘Introduction to Yacht Refitting for Yacht Managers, Captains and Crew’ certification program is part of the Refit Show's conference at the Broward County Convention Center.

Industry professionals who complete six of the nine sessions offered will be awarded the new certification by Bluewater Crew Training.

Bluewater is known for its MCA Master, USCG and RYA Yachtmaster courses in Antibes, Ft Lauderdale and Palma. Faculty are developing the curriculum for the new certification, which is aimed at improving the skills of captains and crew during yard periods.

The Bluewater certification will expand the capabilities and job prospects for those who complete the program, says the company in a statement. All of Bluewater's courses are also open to Refit Show attendees who aren't seeking certification, but who wish to develop their own refit management skills.

"Captains and crew are integral to the refit process in any shipyard," says Jim Miller, Refit Show director. "Providing them with the communication, management and teamwork skills offered by Bluewater will improve their efficiency, making them more valuable to yacht owners and their representatives."

Kevin Petrovsky, chief academic officer at Bluewater, adds: "The refit process involves a wide variety of expertise and experience that must be well organised and coordinated. This seminar series is designed not only to provide an overview of the process, but to provide practical and tangible guidance at each stage of the process."

The Bluewater certification seminars available at the Refit Show are: Refit Yards, Legal and Liability Issues for Refits, Trends in Design, Basic Refit Preparation, Teamworking and Communication, Refit Case Studies, Department Responsibilities Before and During Refits, Creating a Refit Planning Guide, and Conflict Resolution.

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