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About the Course

Our Introduction to the Superyacht Industry course will provide you with a basic but essential, theoretical understanding of the industry. With this knowledge you’ll be better prepared to undertake a new and successful career within the Superyacht Industry.

This step by step, online course consists of 4 modules that must be completed within 6 months. Each module consists of text, charts and pictures to assist with your learning and 10 multiple choice questions which you are expected to pass by 70% before embarking on your next module.

Module includes

  • Introduction to the World of Superyachts
  • Life on Board
  • Safety and Training
  • Finding a Job

Meet the Course Author

Ian Biles

Master Mariner BEng (HONS) MA CENG


Ian started sailing with his father at the age of 12 and, as a result, went to sea when he finished school. He sailed world wide for 13 years in a range of commercial ships and spent his leave working on board sailing yachts (up to 150ft) around the UK and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time Ian studied for his commercial qualifications and he passed his Class 1 Master’s Certificate in 1984.

In 1988 Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine whereupon he returned to University sponsored by them on an Honours degree course in Naval Architecture. Following this he went on to take a Master’s Degree in Business Management.

Ian started his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992. The company was developed to offer technical advice and services to Owners, Operators, Managers, Banks and Insurance Companies in both leisure and commercial marine sectors.

In 1995, working closely with a London based Underwriter, Ian developed a Risk Management programme specifically for large yachts. The programme has carried out risk management reviews of over 200 different superyachts with Ian having personally carried out over 100 of these.

Ian is possibly one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business.


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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