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Our Marine Offshore Safety Training (MOST) has extensive facilities that have been developed to emulate the most realistic offshore environment.

Over 100 companies and over 3,000 students each year use our MOST courses, which is testament to the exceptional standard of training we provide.


Major investment has resulted in South Shields Marine School acquiring the most advanced navigational bridge simulators available today. 

Compared to conventional training, simulators offer a more structured method of building high levels of competence and experiences.

What we offer

What we offer

With routes in Engineering, Nautical (Deck) and Electro-Technical (ETO), we offer programmes where no two days are the same. We also work with various companies to create bespoke courses that are geared towards the future, such as Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy.



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I have many responsibilities within my current role, including navigational watchkeeping, passage planning, monitoring the upkeep of all LSA and FFA equipment onboard the vessel and managing the deck team. The skills and knowledge I’ve gained while studying at South Shields Marine School have been extremely useful, in particular the extensive practical skills.

A career at sea is very rewarding and full of opportunities.

Andrea Sheader
First Officer, Private Yacht
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I have always felt at home at sea and onboard ships so it made perfect sense to pursue a career in this industry. In my current role, I look after all safety measures onboard the vessel including, training, familiarisations, drills, security, management requirements and all other orders issued by the captain. Along with all safety aspects, I also have typical OOW duties including navigational watchkeeping, upkeep of all bridges and LSA and FFA equipment. The best part of my job is being on the bridge and taking over the watch – it’s why we go to sea!”

Adam Roberts
Safety/Navigation Officer, Private Yacht
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During a gap year, I stumbled across the film, ‘Captain Philips’, which got me intrigued and had me on a mission to find out more. Before that, I’d never even considered a career at sea. The opportunity for a full sponsored education as opposed to £40,000 debt I’d have carried if I went to university was too good to miss. One of my career highlights is spending time with Richard Hammond, for his new Discovery Chanel series, ‘BIG!’. I taught him how to firefight, drive the world’s biggest boat and a whole bunch of nautical things. This was hands down THE coolest experience of my whole life.

Joe Furness
MCA Master Unlimited
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Before my career at sea evolved, I completed a Bachelor Degee in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in my hometown of Cameroon, and since joining Mercy Ships to specialise in all things electrical, I’ve never looked back. DID YOU KNOW? Denise is the first female trainee ETO officer to be sent to college for training by Mercy Ships.

Denise Ambe
ETO Officer
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