msa5Building work will soon commence on Viking Recruitment’s £6.5 million training facility next to its head office in Dover, UK.

The first phase, with completion set for spring 2016, will see the swimming pool complex built. This will house all survival training for the commercial, yacht and offshore industries.

The 12m x 10m survival pool will be able to simulate all weather conditions, be at a depth of 4m to accommodate helicopter ‘Underwater Evacuation Training’ (HUET) and evacuation jumps from high platforms, have davits cranes for launching survival rafts and will house all equipment necessary in the training of ships crew for emergencies.

The £3.2 million construction of Phase 1 is the beginning of exciting times for Viking and its family of companies. The company anticipates with the new facilities the Maritime Skills Academy become a world leader in training for the maritime sector.

Sitting alongside the already successful fire training facility the centre will increase the course portfolio and offer all STCW regulatory, up skilling and management training.

Courses currently running are:

·        Five Part Basic Safety Training
·        Personal Survival Techniques
·        Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
·        Elementary First Aid
·        Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
·        Security Awareness
·        Updating Personal Survival Techniques (refresher)
·        Updating Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (refresher)
·        Designated Security Duties
·        Ship Security Officer
·        Crisis Management & Human Behaviour
·        Crowd Management
·        HELM – Management Level
·        Train the Trainer
·        Fire Team Training
·        RYA Powerboat Level 2