About Us



STCW Training UK Ltd is a Maritime & Coastguard Agency approved specialist company delivering Basic STCW 95 and 2010 training in Devon, UK for new and existing Merchant Navy and Super Yacht crews. We are fully compliant with the new 2010 Manila Amendments and as well as the initial training courses, offer refresher training in Personal Survival Techniques and Basic Fire Prevention & Fire-fighting

We have nearly two decades of experience in this type of training, we ran our first maritime course in 2004 and have issued certificates to over 4,000 seafarers.

Originally part of the succesful multi-faceted South West Marine Training in Brixham, the STCW training element of the company was sold in December 2014 and is now operated by the founding partner of South West Marine Training, Neil Penman

Good rail and road links along with well suited pool facilities mean our base near Newton Abbot, South Devon is a convenient place to run STCW training in the South West of the UK. We are just 1.2 miles off the South Devon Highway linking Newton Abbot with Torbay and close to the popular holiday resort of Torquay; there are numerous hotels, guest houses, restauarants etc for course delegates who intend to travel to us. We will be happy to guide you or assist in booking your accommodation nearby to our training rooms.

Our fire fighting courses are run by an MCA approved on-site facility which is operated by our sister company, STCW Fire Training Ltd. It uses a modern fire training rig with gas fired cribs and synthetic non-toxic smoke to produce a very realistic, controllable, environmentally friendly and safe training environment. STCW Training UK Ltd exclusively book fire courses to provide seamless integration with our other basic courses and provide you with the 5 essential qualifications required for working in the merchant fleets in just 5 days.

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We employ instructors of a high calibre. Our First Aid courses are instructed by career professionals who are often serving paramedics with extensive maritime experience. For our fire-fighting courses we use time-served, experienced fire-fighter instructors. Other modules are taught by approved and knowledgable instructors with a wealth of experience. All the courses are designed to increase your safety awareness and we take that seriously whilst still keeping the course delivery entertaining and enjoyable.

The Managing Director of STCW Training UK Ltd is Neil Penman who has worked and played in the maritime industry all his life. He started crewing motor cruisers and small yachts as a boy in the River Dart over 40 years ago and was crewing aboard local passenger ferries as soon as he was eligible. Neil continued interacting with small vessels whilst in the Royal Navy and maintained sailing as his main hobby.

Whilst serving in the Royal Navy his previous experience with all types of boating allowed him to start instructing full-time within the service. He was a Seamanship instructor then Chief Sail Instructor at the Royal Navy's Seamanship Training School, HMS Raleigh near Plymouth and finally RYA Chief Instructor at The Royal Naval Officer Training College at Dartmouth.

On leaving the Royal Navy, Neil has run commercial marine operations including luxury motor yacht delivery and operating passenger ferries before founding Torbay Sea School which eventually became part of South West Marine Training providing STCW and RYA training in South Devon. Neil is now an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, Yachtmaster Examiner and RYA Cruising Instructor Trainer in both Sail and Power and an RYA Powerboat and PWC Trainer.

We are privileged to have trained several thousand commercial skippers and crew and continue to work closely with Torbay Harbour Authority, Brixham & Falmouth Pilots, several Super-yachts, numerous cruise lines, Antartic Survey, UK Border Force and national ferry operators who favour us for their training.