The Okeanos Maritime Training Centre is located in Auckland, New Zealand. It opened its doors beginning of February 2018 and is offering a range of trainings for our internal crews to ensure the safety and quality of operations. Additional training centres in the Pacific are planned to open in 2019.

Our core trainings are the Seamanship Courses I and II.

Seamanship Course I

Compulsory training for all crew working on Okeanos Vakas

Aim:            Essential safety and Vaka sailing knowledge

Delivery:     Classroom and practical training

Duration:    3 months

The course covers safety on board, Vaka handling, navigation, tides, weather, rules and regulations, emergencies, basic knots & splices, as well as ethics & behavior on board.

Part of the Seamanship Course I is also a Fire Fighting and First Aid course delivered by external providers.



Seamanship Course II

Compulsory training for all captains working on Okeanos Vakas

Aim:            Comprehensive knowledge of Okeanos standards and procedures and leadership

Delivery:     Classroom and practical training

Duration:    1-3 months depending on the level of experience

This advanced course goes beyond the basics. A thorough understanding safety procedures, Vaka handling under sail and engine, chartwork, navigation techniques, emergency procedures,  maintenance, reporting requirements and rope work is provided.

The course also covers Leadership training and a Train the Trainer module to assist the Captains in future trainings of the crew. Part of the Seamanship Course II is also an Offshore Medical Kit training delivered by external providers.

All Okeanos Training Courses require the students to pass theoretical exams of the different units and practical assessments at sea.



According to Okeanos’ philosophy, the trainings are mostly based on a hands-on practical learning  on the Vaka but also backed up by a theoretic approach in a classroom, led by experienced and competent internal as well as external instructors.

The students usually also have the possibility to participate in the construction of a Vaka Motu in the boatyard Lloyd Stevenson under the direction of experienced boat builders. Realizing and acquiring the skills necessary in this process such as tools manipulation, wood work and lashing is greatly assisting in the maintenance and ongoing care of their own Vakas.



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