You’ll find Fleetwood Nautical College just off the A585 as you arrive in Fleetwood. It’s against the Eros Roundabout. It’s tall buildings and training facilities are a recognisable landmark in the area.
Fleetwood Nautical College can trace its origins back to 1892. Today the campus is part of Blackpool and The Fylde College, an Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding College.
- It’s regarded as one of the leading training establishments for merchant seafarers and offshore workers in the UK.
- An eight times winner of the Maritime and Coastguards Agency Officer Trainee of the Year Award
- Accredited to the highest maritime industry standards.
Almost 100 courses are available at the Campus covering every aspect of commercial seafaring and the fast-growing offshore industries sector. People can begin their seafaring career at the Campus, or develop it further by improving their qualifications.
Facilities at Fleetwood Nautical College
Cutting-edge facilities at the 14-acre site include:
- five-bridge full mission ship simulator,
- an engine room simulator,
- an environmental survival tank,
- a firefighting training ground
- Marine Engineering Centre, recently built at a cost of £1.2 million.
Expansion at Fleetwood Nautical College
Blackpool and the Fylde College is building new Halls of Residence at Fleetwood Nautical Campus, to help cope with growing student numbers.
Increased demand for accommodation for students from around the world studying there has led to a £1.5 million investment in the new Halls.
When completed at the end of August 2019, the new building will provide an extra 35 rooms. Increasing the number available by more than one third from the existing 102.
The additional capacity will enable the college to meet the requirements of shipping companies and those involved in offshore renewable energy, gas and oil exploration for secure on-site accommodation for their employees attending courses at the Campus and younger cadets just starting their training.
The Halls of Residence provide a comfortable, safe and secure environment for younger students and those coming to Fleetwood from around the world. In many ways it emulates the living conditions that they are, or will be, encountering during their working lives at sea or on offshore installations.
The start of work on the building was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony carried out by Kathryn Neilson. She heads up the UK’s Merchant Navy Training Board with which the Campus has long-established links.
Open Days at Fleetwood Nautical College
Have you ever been for a look around at Fleetwood Nautical Campus?
It’s really interesting, to see the lengths that have been achieved in order to replicate training conditions for students.
Blackpool and the Fylde College hold regular open days across all their campus, including the Nautical College.
Training on the Seafront
Fleetwood Nautical Campus students frequently use two facilities at Fleetwood seafront as part of their training.
Look out for them practicing survival skills at the boating lake off The Esplanade.
The college also has a boat launch facility at Ferry Beach, to the left of the RNLI/Coastguard building next to Fleetwood Ferry (below).
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