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West Wharf Academy


West Wharf Academy specialises in the provision of English language lessons and services for the fishing industry.

Learn the skills for standard operational procedures onboard your fishing vessel - the general English communication skills for the day-to-day deck and wheelhouse operations. Learn the key linguistic skills for non-routine circumstances so that you will be able to identify and understand the key language for commands and instructions specific to urgent and emergency situations. Learn  the language needed to maintain yourself and your wellbeing, and that of your crew. We have a comprehensive understanding of commercial fishing vessel operations, but we also know the workings of the fishing industry and the language and the vocabulary specific to the job. We are also aware of the risks and hazards associated with language barriers and miscommunication at sea.

West Wharf Academy prepares learners for the online Marlins English Test, which is a requirement for all seafarers in English speaking countries, and prepares the learner for Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL, and the official English language exams of your country.

West Wharf Academy provides all its language lessons and services online, meaning that with internet access, wherever you are in the world, whether you are on land or on the high seas, no matter what the weather, whilst at sea, you and your dedicated crew, can improve your English with West Wharf Academy.

 We will show you the ropes.

If you are interested in learning about history and enjoy reading true sea stories, you will love Trevor Simpson's diaries about what life was like fishing in Cornwall and in Ireland during the 1960s. Books purchased from West Wharf Academy are unique as they are signed by the author and only cost €15 each (excluding postage). 

To order your copy of Trevor Simpson's 'Diary of a Cornish Fisherman' and/or 'A Cornish Fisherman's Irish Diary', contact us.