Super Yacht Close Protection and Security Operator Course

Started on 25 May 2022
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The Viper Group delivers a complete qualification including UK Seaman’s Card/Book STCW-95 Core Modules, SSO/MSO Accreditation, ENG-Medical Card, Trauma Medic (FREC Level 3) and SIA CP License.

The Viper Super Yacht Close Protection and Security Operator Course

The Viper Group Super Yacht Close Protection Operative Course has been created and developed along with employers associated with Viper to offer an internationally recognised qualification, certifying a high level of knowledge, skills and competency for the protection of super yachts and maritime security. Our course is formally reorganised as a maritime security qualification and professionalises the protection of high value assets in the maritime industry.

The Viper Group delivers a complete qualification including UK Seaman’s Card/Book STCW-95 Core Modules, SSO/MSO Accreditation, ENG-Medical Card, Trauma Medic (FREC Level 3) and SIA CP License.

We created the Super Yacht qualification to bring the skills of a highly professional close protection operative utilising the soft-skills approach needed to operate within the ultra-high net worth environment along with the highly trained security skillset onto sea bound vessels such as super yachts and cruise liners, due to the rising level of threat in the world that we live in today and the growth of security services on these types of vessels. Principals in need of protection expect their close protection team to deal with a situation discreetly and confidentially but also to effectively neutralize the threat.

At Viper, all our instructors are either ex-military, ex-police or civilian and have many years of experience within the security industry. They all understand what level our learners need to achieve to be taken seriously in the close protection industry. Whether from an ex-forces or civilian background at Viper they will be given the training and skills required to succeed in this very competitive industry.

We focus heavily on physical and mental endurance which is one of the biggest areas missing in the industry. Much of the criticism levelled at the industry is due to inadequately trained operatives. With the growing level of threat CPOs are having to deal with real-life scenarios more often and it is the CPOs responsibility to reassure and bring about the restoration of normality to any incident no matter how high the risk. This is the reason we run our medical training (FREC3) as part of the close protection course and not as a bolt on, giving candidates the practical experience and confidence to manage a medical emergency while in the field. We also offer FREC4 at the end of the training at a reduced rate so learners can maximise their qualification at the start of their career.

On the Viper course, you will do daily physical fitness and unarmed combat, where learners are assessed throughout their training. By the time they qualify they will have the skillset and knowledge to carry these vital skills forward into their career as a CPO understanding the art of ‘practice makes perfect’ and muscle memory.

After successfully completing the Viper course, we have several companies with who we have partnered that gladly interview our graduates. This is something we are proud of. We give you the opportunity to start your career with companies that will move you forward in your new field of choice.

At The Viper Group we believe that Continual Career Progression is key to a successful and rewarding career in the security industry. Viper’s trained staff are always available to discuss an applicant’s needs and requirements.

Duration: 26 days

Price £3500.00

This is an exclusive opportunity to join our SIA Close Protection course based in the South West of England (Cornwall) and Bulgaria.

All our instructors are currently active within the industry and have decades of experience in military, police, Royal and private close protection in both hostile and non-hostile environments.

The 26-day course will include compulsory SIA CPO units, but we also deliver specialised modules which include:

  • Additional specialised Surveillance and Counter Surveillance Measures
  • Advanced Defensive/Evasive Driving Skills
  • Unarmed Combat (CQC) utilising defences against all weapon types (Krav Maga).
  • Daily Physical Fitness
  • Live Firearms familiarisation, awareness, and safety in pistols & carbine (Bulgaria)
  • FREC3 (First Response Emergency Care level3)
  • STCW 2010 Basic Safety Training Course for Security Operators.

STCW Basic Safety Training, as it is known today is required by all seafarers who are working onboard commercial ships or Super-yachts. If you are seeking employment on a commercial ship, ferry, cruise ship or Superyacht, you are required to complete a STCW Basic Safety Training Course

The course consists of the following modules as laid out by the Merchant Navy Training Board guidelines:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2)
  • Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/6-1)

Frequently Asked Questions

We run courses throughout the year but please refer to the course date list for more information.

  • Accommodation in the UK for non-local and all accommodation and three meals a day in Bulgaria
  • Return transfers {transfers from Sofia International Airport to our site at Gebrova)
  • Comprehensive instruction – the course is conducted by a highly qualified instructor.
  • Full orientation and supervision
  • Equipment and materials required to complete the course.
  • Flights or travel to Sofia, Bulgaria (We can assist as we use a trusted travel agent and get discounted fares)
  • Visa fees (variable depending on nationality)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, snacks, activities
  • Pre and/or post-course accommodation in the UK
  • Local SIM card and data/airtime bundles (optional)

We do not provide meals on the course in the UK, but the Bulgaria element of the course does have breakfast, lunch and dinner included. We do provide coffee, tea, and biscuits throughout the course.

We advise that any candidates travelling from outside the UK visit for up to date visa requirements. This is also the advice for those wishing to travel to Bulgaria. If In doubt speak to your local travel agent who will be better able to advise.

The Viper Group instructors have been handpicked for their respective experience. Our instructors are mostly ex-military, ex-police, ex-ambulance, and ex-fire services but we also have civilian instructors with decades of experience and proof that if a learner applies what we teach they can do well in the industry.

Most equipment will be provided but a personal kit list will be emailed once a candidate secures their place on the course

There is a standard of fitness required for selection onto the course. This is emailed once an initial course interview is secured.

Viper has an All-Inclusive Policy however due to the nature of some of the activities we do ask prospective candidates to make contact prior to booking any courses. Our trained staff will discuss and make the necessary adjustments where physically possible.

Ideally life experience is a vital part of close protection, so we advise ages from 25yrs+ but also understand that some individuals have that experience at younger ages, so we are willing to look at ages 20+. Please be aware that the Security Industry is very physically and mentally demanding therefore all candidates undergo a pre acceptance interview

We believe that course sizes must be small enough to focus attention on detail. Our courses a normally 12 strong and have two highly qualified instructors specialising in their fields.

The course is very time consuming and will require 100% focus due to the nature and content of the course. We do give time off but this will never be structured and will be given when the instructor deems fit.

Please see our Covid-19 Policy Statement.

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