Information on Training

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BIM promotes careers in the Irish catching, fish farming and seafood processing sectors by training new entrants and upgrading the skills of existing practitioners.


Find out how to start a career in aquaculture or improve your fish farming skills with our aquaculture courses.

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View our courses in radio communications

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Green Seafood Business Programme

Make savings through greater efficiencies in your seafood buseinss and create a greener environment.

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learn more about our courses in marine engineering.

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Skippers and Crew

Progress your career from new entrant level through to the position of skipper

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Passenger Boat Proficiency

Make savings through greater efficiencies in your seafood business and create a greener environment

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Safety Training

Find out about the safety courses we offer, how to get a Basic Safety Training card and the correct use of lifejackets

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Processors and Retailers

Learn more about our food safety, seafood hygiene management and retail development courses exclusively for seafood processors and retailers

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The Welsh Sea Fish Industry Training Association serves the sea fish industry in Wales by delivering training and instruction at various venues all around the Welsh coast

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Mandatory Training

Basic Sea Survival – Personal Survival Techniques

To be completed before going to sea for the first time

Fire Fighting at Sea

This very comprehensive one-day course is specifically designed for seafarers

1 Day Basic Health & Safety Training for New Entrant Fishermen

An additional course for all new entrants to the industry

1 Day Safety Awareness Course

For all fishermen after gaining 6 months sea time experience

First Aid At Sea

What to do in a real emergency at sea!

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) requires sea survival training to be completed before going to sea for the first time and requires the other three courses to be completed within three months

For experienced fishermen – those who have at least two years of fishing experience – we have developed a number of voluntary short courses for fishermen who want to increase their skills and knowledge to levels above minimum legal requirements

Non-Mandatory Training

Two and five day Navigation Courses
Two and five day Engineering Courses
One Day Stability Awareness Courses

Completion of these courses (with the addition of the Royal Yachting Association’s GMDSS Short Range Certificate for radio operators) make up the requirements for our Under 16.5m Skipper’s Certificate, which is accepted by the MCA for use on small commercial vessels

Foreshore & Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)

Basic Foreshore Gatherers Safety Course

This course has been designed to meet industry management demand and the content has been adapted, revised and accepted by fishery management bodies throughout the UK


If you are ordering a funded PFD for your boat crew Click Here to download an application form

Crewman on a licensed fishing vessel

Click Here to download an application form for a funded PFD

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