A better way to learn
Our Instructor Coaches are led by Angus Ferguson. Angus is a Master Mariner and spent 14 years at sea on a variety of ships. He has 10 years maritime academic experience and is due to complete a Masters in Digital Education. He also has a BA Professional Studies Tertiary Education.
The second edition of his book ‘Seamanship Notes’ has now been published which provides seafarers with a clear, straightforward guide to the MCA Oral syllabus.
"Although I gained a lot of useful experience at sea I always really enjoyed the college phases of the course! I learned that success and passing examinations is about organisation and perseverance as much as natural ability.
I was inspired by some great lecturers and when the opportunity arose to join Glasgow College of Nautical Studies as it was then, I jumped at the chance."
"As a lecturer you really learn and develop a depth of knowledge about a subject.
I worked with some fantastic students who would have been excellent in a role at sea but who struggled with the academic element due to their location, time or finances. A number left the industry having completed 90% of the course but could not commit time and money for travel and accommodation to attend a college."
"My inspiration for Onboard Maritime came from knowing that the industry was losing out on talented individuals facing barriers to their progression. Barriers can be where they live, family, caring commitments or unpredictable work patterns. All of these situations mean attending an educational institute for a period of study is impractical.
With technology and a strong understanding of how people learn online, Onboard Maritime will help you gain the preparatory knowledge in a location and at a time that suits you."
- Angus, Onboard Maritime Instructor