Alan Dale of Burgess announced as Course Director for Diploma in Superyacht Management

May 21, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that Alan Dale, Fleet Manager of Burgess is to be Course Director of the Academy’s Diploma in Superyacht Management. Alan has played an integral role within the Maritime Industry for many years. Initially from commercial sector, Alan was involved in a number of ship refurbishment projects and later joined the Cunard ISM project team as Technical Adviser. After the implementation of the ISM code, Alan felt it was time for a change and subsequently joined Nigel Burgess Ltd (NBL) in January 1998. For twelve years Alan worked as Technical Manager during which time he was involved in numerous new builds and refit projects. More recently as Fleet Manager at Burgess he is overseeing the development of Junior Managers as well as heading up the Technical Management and Human Resources. Burgess was founded in 1975 by renowned sailor Nigel Burgess. Since then, Burgess has been recognised as the global leading authority in the sale and purchase, new construction, charter and management of the world’s finest yachts.

“Having worked in yacht management since 1998 I have witnessed an evolution of the yachting industry with regard to attitude towards safety and professionalism. This training program continues to develop that theme by encouraging crew members to understand the industry from the other side of the coin and for that reason I have chosen to give it my full support.” Alan says.

Gemma Humphreys of The Maritime Training Academy says “Alan has been involved with the Academy for some years now as a specialist author. He’s a real credit, not just to us but to the industry as a whole. With his many years of expertise and technical management experience, he will make an excellent Course Director for our Diploma in Superyacht Management, and we’re absolutely delighted he’s welcomed the opportunity.”

The Diploma in Superyacht Management covers specialist knowledge required by those currently working in or making the transition to the yacht management sector or its divisions. It will teach you the essential elements of yacht management on a day to day basis and will develop your knowledge and understanding from a yacht management perspective. The course consists of 12 modules and subjects include ownership structures, personnel, logistics and safety management along with other essentials such as technical management, insurance budgeting and charter management.

The Diploma in Superyacht Management commences 1st October 2015 and enrolment’s now open.

For more information on the Diploma in Superyacht Management please contact Gemma Humphreys on +44(0)1252 739771 or by email at