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Exterior of MOST building.


Situated on the riverside at South Shields, the Marine and Offshore Safety Training centre (MOST) has extensive facilities that have been developed to provide commercial marine courses that emulate the most realistic offshore environment.

Over 100 companies and over 3,000 students each year attend MOST courses, which is testament to the exceptional standard of training we provide. The centre incorporates a 15m by 10m, and 4m deep, environmental pool, which is used for survival training. It is equipped with a variable wave pattern generator, and wind, rain, light and sound effects.

A large, practical seamanship area is equipped with a wide range of shipboard equipment and models of ships’ structures and devices. Other accommodation includes modern classrooms, meeting rooms and full catering facilities.

Two men in hard hats and safety gear looking out into the distance.

Training Facilities

The following are located within the pool area:

  • Helicopter escape module, capable of simulating dry, wet and capsize situations.
  • Helicopter winching arrangements.
  • Davit-launched life raft equipment.
  • A range of marine and aviation life rafts.
  • Survival suits, life jackets and associated survival equipment.
  • Offshore platform transfer simulator.

Our jetty provides mooring, and houses the following:

  • 8m GRP motor lifeboat.
  • 50 man Harding TEMPSC.
  • 44 man SC 70F TEMPSC.
  • 4.5m Avon inflatable with 70hp outboard engine.

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MOST Testimonials

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As always, the college and lecturers are excellent and I always enjoy training in South Shields. The facilities are brilliant and would always advise anyone to book a course at this training facilities.

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The lecturers make training even more personal by sharing video clips and demonstrations to help improve your understanding and learning experience.

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The courses at MOST are so well run, with skilled and efficient staff who are always on hand to guide and help you along the way – so you are trained fully that meets industry safety requirements.”

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As a new started in my training phase, I have loved being challenged in the pool with the waves and life rafts, as well as working as a team to simulate an emergency scenario. The lecturers are fantastic in putting us through our paces in a safe and secure manner and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge than I started with. The food is also lovely and well priced.

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The offshore helicopter simulation is excellent, with good care and attention to detail – plus all their other courses to meet industry safety standards.