Resolve Maritime Academy building new wet trainer

The following is the text of a news release from Resolve Maritime Academy:

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Resolve Maritime Academy is pleased to announce the construction of a new, two-story wet trainer, larger and more expansive than its original, the L/V Gray Manatee.

“We are incredibly proud to offer a course that combines stability and damage control using our new two-story wet trainer,” said Denise Johnston, Resolve Maritime Academy director.

Utilizing props meant to simulate flooding from breaches, broken pipes and hatches, the new wet trainer is designed to give the first responders of a vessel the knowledge and understanding necessary to deal with survivable hull breaches. Located next to the L/V Gray Manatee in Port Everglades, the academy’s new wet trainer is one of the largest in the industry.

Four times the size of the first, the wet trainer is 40 feet long by 8 feet wide, two stories high and spans 640 square feet. Featuring a wet room for practicing different types of damage control techniques and a flooding room to run scenarios ranging from command tactics to damage assessment, as well as second floor access, it gives students the ability to enter the flooded compartment from above, thus incorporating modern SOPs into their training. (Practical exercises can incorporate individual client SOPs for damage control.)

“Based on some recent incidents, the industry has been looking for specialized training so we are building the wet trainer to meet their needs and be able to evolve for future training,” says Clifford Charlock, fire school manager.

Offered as a five-day course, Stability and Damage Control encourages team building, correct decision-making and proper damage control tactics in a setting that allows hands-on skills in a safe but stressful environment. Students will cover NAPA damage stability, case studies, cross and down flooding and flooding mitigation in the classroom before being tested in the wet trainer.

Those interested in Resolve Maritime Academy’s Stability and Damage Control course can register online at under Full Course List or call Karen Anderson at 1-954-463-9195. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff