Published on: 31 October 2019
The recent Advanced Marina Managers (AMM) course held in Sibenik, Croatia saw marina professionals from around the world come together including delegates from Turkey, Spain, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, Croatia, England and Scotland.
The course which was run by British Marine, in partnership with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and the Global Marina Institute (GMI), is widely recognised in the marina industry and is a pre-requisite to the professional certification to become a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) or Certified Marina Professional (CMP).
Six days of training focused on a wide variety of topics, including health and safety, emergency planning, environmental management, marina design, construction and re-development, capital budgeting and strategic planning. In addition, it covered matters of customer retention, marketing, team building and conflict resolution.
A field trip to three local marinas, including Marina Dalmacija, Skradin Marina and Marina Mandalina, provided delegates the opportunity to consider aspects of marina design and layout within the surroundings.
The course ended in a substantial group project work to develop proposals to financially improve each marina. Individual groups presented their ideas to key industry leaders, including two CMM’s and various D-Marin professionals, putting into practice the new skills they had learnt.
The delegates were supported throughout by Kenny Jones, CMM (Executive Vice President Operations at Island Global Yachting).
Blue Davies, Head of Training at British Marine, commented: "After a week of intense work, with classes starting at half eight in the morning and delegates often burning the midnight oil, everyone must be congratulated on the successful completion of the course. I look forward to receiving the delegate’s CMM and CMP applications soon.”
There was also an opportunity to present Roddy Blair, Marina Manager at Porto Montenegro, his Certified Marina Manager accreditation.
Roddy commented: “I’ve been fortunate to be able to make a career in marine industry and over the years have had the opportunity to work in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. Having made the decision to move into the marina sector I was able to apply and use the experience gained over the years and the training provided by the GMI and British Marine to gain the credibility and confidence to be able to pursue a career in the marina industry.
I attended the 2014 AMM course in Istanbul with a view to completing the CMM certificate. The course content and opportunity to meet other like-minded industry professionals gave a fantastic insight into the industry and the day-to-day workings of different marinas. The CMM pathway helps to build on the inclusive culture which exists within the industry and creates a platform not only for training but for the sharing of ideas and building of relationships.”
Due to the high demand for the courses, British Marine is now planning another Advanced Marina Managers Course in Dubai, UAE in December 2019 and an Intermediate course in Plymouth, UK in February 2020.
Anyone wishing to register their interest in either course can see more information here or contact Liv Whetmore on 01784 223631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.