The Global Marina Institute-endorsed Advanced Marina Management (AMM) course was held for the first time in Asia last week at Ocean Marine Yacht Club in Thailand.

The course, which ran from July 17-21, was delivered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) with participants coming from marinas in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Qatar.

Course lecturers included a mix of certified senior marina managers from Thailand, Singapore and Australia, as well as specialist business professionals.

MIA president and contributing lecturer Andrew Chapman said the course was another important milestone in the development of the marina industries in the region.

“The Asian marina industry has come a long way over the past decade," he said. "It is very significant that we now have a core of trained marina professionals in the region. The course is a significant indicator of the maturity and growth of the marina industry in Asia.”

AMM course participant and marina manager Balan Aramaganfrom from Senibong Cove Marina in Malaysia said participation in the course was very valuable for his career development. “Participation in the course will also greatly assist my ability to support the significant growth plans for Senibong Marina," he said.

As part of the course, participants undertook a major group project scoping the viability of a marina development and participated in lectures covering marina and business management topics.

MIA’s next AMM course will be held in Sydney, Australia in September. The next marina course in Asia will be the Intermediate Marina Management course to be held in Malaysia in October.