"Why didn't I know about you 2 years ago!"
. . . said John, as he and Matthew returned to the vessel operation's office following the day's training on board ship. Matthew was in Mexico to instruct a two-week training at the invitation of YWAM Ships Mazatlan whose vessel, the MV Amazing Grace, is located at a natural harbor in the Sea of Cortez just off the Baha peninsula.
John, as the ship's superintendent, is managing the refit to ensure the vessel is seaworthy and ready for service. With a background in sports fishing and captaining his own boat, followed by twelve years as a medical professional, bringing the ship up to an operational standard since the vessel was gifted to the ministry has been a steep learning curve.
As the staff have been working diligently to see this ship launched for active service, we recognize that our experience has potential to assist and equip ministry leaders operating vessels, and we are beginning to meet a wider need for consulting.
The student group for this Maritime Safety and Seamanship training included nine trainees from New Zealand, the United States, Mexico, Columbia and Switzerland and for some it was their first introduction to maritime training for missions.
What is usually a four-week core curriculum teaching the fundamentals of on board safety, as well as building basic seamanship skills, was condensed into an entry level two-week course. As a prototype format, we customized it in light of the ministry's needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, and students can select additional training modules to build on this foundation.