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Our Trainers

Darryl Cooper

Marine Training Manager

Darryl joined the Maritime Skills Academy after leaving his career at sea. Starting as a cabin steward he undertook a cadetship and has since worked with general cargo ships, high speed passenger vessels, aggregate dredgers, small commercial vessels and offshore industry support ships. After attaining his chief mate ticket he has transferred his skill base into the training field complemented greatly by his previous experience in outdoor pursuits instructing. Darryl is also a volunteer RNLI lifeboat crewmember here in Dover and this alongside his varied range of shipping industry experience makes him a great asset to the team.

Responsible for the Lifeboat Training Centre and assisting on all other courses Darryl continues to work on expanding and developing the facilities and training opportunities that the Maritime Skills Academy can offer. Darryl also leads courses with local schools in the MSA's "taster sessions" to promote careers in the maritime industry.

Steve Morgan

Training & Facilities Coordinator

With 37 years of fire fighting experience behind him, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and practical application to The Maritime Skills Academy. An impressive skill-set that began in the Royal Navy and continued to evolve when he moved to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service where he remained for the next 30 years. Steve’s involvement with Kent’s offshore team was particularly significant during this time as it included several large ship firefighting operations. Since leaving the Kent Fire Brigade, he has worked with Smit International where his participation in the military range and aircrew training department further developed his interest in small and fast craft – and led to him obtaining the Yachtmaster offshore qualification. A valuable combination of knowledge and practical know-how that was recently put to work training Nato Naval Forces involved in multi national exercises - operating a fast attack craft in what were often very trying conditions.

Steve is an integral part of the training team and assists with Fire Fighting, Life Boat and Survival courses at The Maritime Skills Academy, as well as maintaining operational and safety equipment.

Liam Steer

Training & Facilities Coordinator

Liam has joined the Martine Skills Academy after an 11 year service in the Royal Navy as Able Seaman Specialist and moving up to Leading Seaman. He sailed on numerous Warships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers across the world often in extreme weather. He has experienced storms in the North Sea and hurricanes in the Atlantic plus volatile operational theatres including Maritime Security / Anti-piracy Operations. As a Royal Navy advanced tactical coxswain Liam conducted sea boat operations critical to the successful delivery of both Counter-Narcotic and Counter-Piracy operations with other NATO forces.

Most recently in his Royal Navy career Liam worked at the Joint Services Adventure Sail Training Centre as part of their Safety Equipment/ Fleet maintenance department. Bringing his vast RIB and rigid hulled vessel experience Liam is a great asset to our lifeboat training department. Liam’s safety cell qualifications and seamanship abilities along with standard Navy training enables him to also instruct on security, efficient deck hand, working at height, firefighting and manual handling courses.

With the varied challenges Liam has undertaken at sea he has quickly become an integral part of the training team here at the Maritime Skills Academy.

Emily Jaenicke

Training & Facilities Coordinator

Emily joined Viking in 2008 after 5 years with Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises, first starting as a Deck Officer Apprentice and then qualifying to sail with the cruise lines as a Navigation Officer. Whilst in this role she gained extensive sea time and knowledge of the deck department as well as being heavily involved with the training of crew. Emily started at Viking working in the recruitment department as consultant, sourcing and selecting potential candidates, then to overseeing all yacht crewing services the company offers. In this role, Emily worked closely with Viking’s portfolio of yacht clients assisting with crew planning, administration, flag state, contracts and Viking Superyacht Asia.

In 2016 Emily moved across to The Maritime Skills Academy bringing her wealth of sea going knowledge and qualifications to assist in course delivery and safety support. Emily is responsible for training at The Life Boat Centre in Dover Marina, assisting in Survival courses and working with schools in the "taster sessions" the MSA offer to promote careers in the maritime industry.

Steve Moore

Transport & Facilities Coordinator

Steve joined the Maritime Skills Academy in October 2015 as Transport & Facilities Coordinator with a background in transport logistics and general mechanical maintenance.

Responsible for the transport on offer at The Maritime Skills Academy Steve manages all vehicles, the executive driving team and transfer arrangements for course delegates.

Steve's main responsibilities outside transport are all technical aspects and maintenance of the The Maritime Skills Academy's, Marine Survival Complex. This includes plant and systems for the environment pool, crane operation and every day building services making The MSA a safe and comfortable training atmosphere for delegates, which is compliant with all current regulations.

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