IIMS set to trial an 8 day practical training module

One of the two lead tutors, Martin Evans, leading a practical hull hammer tapping session
One of the two lead tutors, Martin Evans, leading a practical hull hammer tapping session

In a bold initiative as part of its award-winning Professional Qualification in Yacht & Small Craft Marine Surveying, IIMS is set to trial an 8 day practical module for the first time in October 2018.

Prospective students should arrive with an understanding of vessel construction and systems. Over an intensive 64 hours studying, the course will equip students to apply this knowledge to practical surveying techniques and report writing so that they can leave with the ability to carry out surveys on typical 8-10m sailing and motor vessels.

The practical module is planned to take place over a 10-day period (Tuesday to following Thursday) from 16 to 25 October. The course will be delivered from Fox’s Marina & Boatyard, Ipswich, UK and will be run by Aidan Tuckett MIIMS and Martin Evans MYDSA. Both Aidan and Martin are full-time surveyors, who have run numerous similar practical courses, training over 100 surveyors in the process, many of whom have gone on to run successful surveying businesses.

Students will cover a variety of topics over the ten-day period which will involve classroom sessions on structures and surveying techniques followed by practical exercises and demonstrations. Towards the end of the first week and into the second, students will also carry out monitored surveying exercises and receive individual feedback on their work. On completion, students will complete two reports on typical small sailing and motor vessels in their own time and submit these for marking. A brief synopsis of the syllabus:
– Survey tools & practical demos
– GRP hull design and construction
– Surveying principles and standards
– Report writing seminar
– Engine surveying basics and practical
– Yacht rigs and associated systems
– Rigging systems practical
– Gas and electrical systems practical
– Full vessel survey sail
– Full vessel survey motor

You do not have to be enrolled in the IIMS Professional Qualification programme to take advantage of this opportunity. But if you are already enrolled, undertaking this unit would count as one of the four specialist units necessary for the Yacht and Small Craft Marine Surveying Professional Qualification. Alternatively, it can simply be used to refresh knowledge and gain new skills.

Students should have a laptop with Word software, suitable outdoor clothing for the time of year, a digital camera and notepads. They must have suitable deck shoes to avoid damage to surfaces. Some working at heights (ladders to 3m) and working in confined spaces will be involved. They will need to set aside one day of the middle weekend and around two days after the course is completed to carry out report writing.

Please note our terms.
The cost of this practical unit is £1,750 (no VAT payable), which covers all training, assessments, course materials and lunch. You are responsible for travel and accommodation. Payment in full is required by Wednesday 12 September latest. IIMS reserves the right to cancel the course four weeks prior in the event if a minimum of eight confirmed students is not reached. The course can accommodate a maximum of twelve people. In the event of a cancellation, the course fee will be refunded in full. If you are interested but would prefer to schedule it in for 2019, please let us know on the expression of interest form below.

For further details, please email Cathryn Ward.

Your next step? If you would like to express your interest in this course (without formal commitment at this stage) please use the form below.

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