The Marine Society is a charity with a long history of supporting seafarers. Their objective is to enhance learning and well-being, and to facilitate personal and professional development.
Nautical colleges and shipping companies had been saying for some time that many students turn up at nautical college ill-equipped to cope with the underpinning maths required in their professional studies. This was despite the facts that students often had what might reasonably be expected to be a ‘good’ qualification in maths.
Starting college and struggling with the maths makes the individual feel inadequate and can damage self-confidence. For colleges, it means they often have to provide expensive remedial maths tuition and sponsoring companies have to put up with students who are held back because of slow progress with the academics.
The concept of the @Sea project keeps evolving
Maths@Sea was a finalist in the 2012 Seatrade Awards, commended as making 'a significant contribution to the recruitment, training, retention and advancement of the industry's most valuable asset - its people’. The programme has since gone on to win awards, including the Seatrade Award for 'Investment in People’ in 2016.
The @Sea courses are recognised by The Nautical Institute and IMarEST for the purpose of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Accreditation is a recognition of quality and a signal that a course is aligned with professional standards.