The Maritime Skills Academy host Dover RNLI Crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 13 March the Maritime Skills Academy, based in Kent, hosted Dover RNLI crew for their evening training session.

Princess Anne pictured at the Maritime Skills Academy

Maritime Skills Academy

Princess Anne recently visited the Maritime Skills Academy

The visit was organised by Dover RNLI Coxswain James Clapham, and Darryl Cooper Marine Training Manager at the Maritime Skills Academy - who is also a volunteer RNLI Dover Crewman.

Darryl took the crew through many of the sea survival elements that are conducted in the purpose-built sea survival pool. It was a great opportunity for the volunteer RNLI crew to understand the level of training that the average commercial seafarer would have.

Elements covered included:

  • Entry into the water wearing a ship abandonment lifejacket.

  • Entry into the water from height.

  • Cold water swimming technique.

  • Water based casualty handling.

  • Righting, boarding and exiting a commercial life raft.

  • Commercial life raft equipment and its limitations.

  • Use of lifebuoys.

  • Boat capsize exercises.

The opportunity gave the crew a chance to brush up on sea survival skills and, for those crew members without a seafaring background, an insight into what equipment and knowledge a standard seafarer would have.

Darryl said ‘The RNLI is a very important charity to us as many of our staff, including our Academy chairman Dieter Jaenicke, have a seafaring background or have family members and friends who currently work at sea’.

The Maritime Skills Academy are a family owned business based in Dover, South East Kent and is a further extension of the maritime recruitment and crew management services provided by our mother company Viking Recruitment.

The Maritime Skills Academy train and certify seafarers with internationally accredited courses focussing on safety, sea survival, firefighting, crowd management, leadership and security. They also regularly work within the local community conducting courses and hosting assemblies with local schools to raise awareness of the maritime industry as well as improving sea safety and life skills.

Princess Anne has recently been on an official visit to the Maritime Skills Academy, in support of the maritime industry, as she has ample maritime connections and is patron of the Royal Yachting Association and the Master of Trinity House. Darryl was almost late when Princess Anne visited, as he was out on a shout from the early hours that morning but luckily just got back in time.

Matthew Jaenicke, Managing Director of the Academy and son of Chairman Dieter, said “We at Viking Recruitment and the Maritime Skills Academy are proud to have a good relationship with our local Dover station and the RNLI as a whole. One of our training boats once assisted the Dover lifeboat in a rescue of kayakers, we have staff that volunteer as crew and even our architect took inspiration from the RNLI college in Poole when designing our sea survival pool complex. We whole heartedly support the tireless efforts of the RNLI saving lives at sea’.

RNLI Media contacts

  • Ann-Marie Harrop Dover RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Classroom induction.

RNLI/Ann-Marie Harrop

Classroom induction.
Water based casualty handling.

RNLI/Ann-Marie Harrop

Water based casualty handling.
Crew survival huddle

RNLI/Ann-Marie Harrop

Crew survival huddle
Entry into the water from height.

RNLI/Ann-Marie Harrop

Entry into the water from height.

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