Fishing: Quartet chart their way to success with Whitby Fishing School

Pictured from left: students Tony Mason, George Lamplough, Richard Newton and Ian Smith with tutor Captain Peter Holtby.
Pictured from left: students Tony Mason, George Lamplough, Richard Newton and Ian Smith with tutor Captain Peter Holtby.

Four further candidates were successful in achieving the Seafish Industry Authority five-day Bridge Watchkeeping course at Whitby Fishing School.

Whitby Fishing School tutor, Captain Peter Holtby said: “The 5 Day Bridge Watching course is an intensive maritime training qualification.

“The course is intended for anyone wanting to take a navigational watch and skipper a vessel less than 16.5 metres operating beyond 20 miles of a safe haven.

“Before this course can be taken participants must provide a testimonial as evidence or have a minimum of 18 months’ service in the fishing industry.

“The qualification is recognised by the Maritime Coastguard Agency for use on Small Commercial Vessels.”

The course covers a variety of safe watchkeeping activities to include chart work, electronic navigational, aids, international rules for preventing collisions at sea and navigational buoyage systems and meteorology.

Fishing School apprentice of the year 2015, student George Lamplough said: “I decided to study at Whitby Fishing School because I liked the idea of gaining both practical and theory based commercial fishing qualifications.

“Over the last two years the Fishing School has given me the opportunity to further advance my fishing qualifications.

“What I really enjoy most about this particular course is the diverse range of navigational modules that are covered.

“Whitby Fishing School has a fantastic training team in place, and the course tutor Captain Peter Holtby has a wealth of maritime knowledge and is very patient at explaining complex navigational challenges.”

Another successful fishing school apprentice Tony Mason, who had returned for further advance training, said: “Commercial fishing has always been a massive passion of mine and I felt that by undertaking the five-day Bridge Watchkeeping course I can really cement my navigational understanding.

“It was only two years ago that I was here studying on the apprenticeship programme, and decided now was the time to advance my maritime skills.

“Whitby Fishing School has a great reputation and has some fantastic instructors onboard, this is why I came back here to study.”

Captain Holtby added: “All students worked extremely hard throughout the week, they offered their own personal feedback from working in the fishing industry.

“The course was successfully completed at the end of the week with two written assessments, of which all students passed with flying colours.”

The Fishing School is assured of 4 further applications to the Seafish Industry Authority to obtain their under 16.5 metres skippers qualification and that these successful candidates will soon join the swelling numbers of skippers in the UK fishing fleet.

For future maritime training courses contact Whitby Fishing School on (01947) 825871 or email: