East Coast Maritime Training


East Coast Maritime Training

Who are we?

Previously we were the Yorkshire & Humber Fishermen’s Training Association an Industry-led Association which has been assisting individuals and companies in the catching sector of the fishing industry to access relevant, cost effective training for over 40 years. In 1981 we became one of the 18 UK Seafish Industry Authority Group Training Associations which are now known as Seafish Approved Training Providers. Over the years we have also trained other seafarers for STCW 95 courses. We are a registered Limited Company. As the demand to train other non-fishing seafarers has grown, particularly on the Northeast coast, we have decided to expand our training facilities to suit these customers as well as maintaining our steady training for local fishermen and those that would like to diversify into other offshore maritme industries 

What do we do?

As a not for profit organisation we provide training to current Fishermen and New Entrants to the Distant Water, Inshore and Shell Fishermen’s fleets of the catching sector of the industry. Training is now provided for other seafarers/maritime industries. We also offer free impartial help and advice on training related matters to anyone involved in the maritime industry, as well as assisting Skippers in creating their own vessel risk assessment/safety management systems.

What areas do we cover?

Ports covered by our area of operation include Hull, Whitby, Scarborough, Filey, Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea, Easington & Grimsby. If requested we deliver courses in other parts of the UK, including in port training. We also deliver Safety Training to crews of British Registered Fishing Vessels abroad.

How do we do it?

Office Staff - We employ Mrs Kim Jensen our Training Manager/Company Secretary. Kim has been with us for over 36 years and Mr Steve Wood who is our Assistant Training Co-ordinator. Kim and Steve are based in our offices/training facility in Withernsea. Our instructors are both self employed:

Instructors - Mr Len Jensen is a very experienced and Trainer and Fisheries Consultant. Len holds all the relevant qualifications to meet our training needs and has over 25 years’ experience as a Fisherman/Vessel Owner and 24 years experience in the training of fishermen. In 2014 Len was joined by Mr Keir Day an ex- fishing skipper of 9years and over 12 years’ experience in training & development. Keir was also in the Royal Navy for 10 years where he specialised in seamanship and safety.

We have all the necessary equipment needed to deliver the training we provide. All of our training courses are designed to be completely mobile, this enables us to deliver training anywhere in the UK and even abroad. We find that bringing training to the customer is very much welcomed as it not only saves our customers the inconvenience of travelling it also cuts down on a lot of subsistance costs for them.

How are we funded?

To generate income to help us provide our services we deliver Seafish funded and non funded training, we also deliver RYA, STCW & MCA approved courses to Fishermen and other seafarers both in the UK and abroad.                                                         

We also, co-ordinate Skippers, Mate & Engineers MCA Certificates of Competency through college based learning.

In addition to the above we also provide Vessel Owners/Skippers/Company Managers with help in the recruitment & Training of trainee Deckhands.

 What insurance do we hold? 

We hold fully comprehensive insurance being specialist insurance for Training Providers. This policy includes Employer / Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.  

Training provided to:

We pride ourselves on the excellent working relationships we have with the independent fishermen, fishing companies, and other organisations that we provide training for.


Non Mandatory Fishermen’s Training & The Introduction to Commercial Fishing Course

With thanks to funding from Seafish, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund we are able to deliver these courses.

Our Latest News

Introduction to Commercial Fishing Course

This NEW 3- week course is FREE to anyone wanting to join the Fishing Industry! The course will cover Personal Survival Techniques, First Aid, Fire Fighting, Health and Safety, Engineering, Stability Awareness, Navigation, Raft Building, Gear and Net Mending, Boat Handling, Galley Duties, Food and Hygiene, Care of the Catch, Seamanship and On Board Procedure.

Call us now for further information 01964 204044 or complete our contact form


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