Welcome to the Marine Surveying Academy


Marine Surveying Academy Ltd (MSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Institute of Marine Surveying Ltd (IIMS). The IIMS unanimously accepted the proposal to launch the Marine Surveying Academy (MSA) at its March 2014 meeting.

Paul Homer is the appointed company director. Mike Schwarz is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary.

The principle aims of the MSA are to deliver excellent, specialist, marine related short course skills based training in the UK and worldwide. The MSA also plans to work with other selected marine organisations to provide practical training solutions.  This new initiative in no way detracts from the IIMS BTEC edexcel approved HNC/HND programme, which is a distance learning education course undertaken over many months.

The MSA has been launched to meet the growing demand from a number of international marine organisations for specialised skills based training. MSA will deliver these training solutions at various locations, using tutors and examiners who are highly experienced in these specialist areas.

The MSA has engaged John Lawrence, retired former CEO of IIMS, on a short term contract basis. He has been engaged initially to help develop, organise and deliver the first rounds of course material over the coming months. Commenting on John’s appointment, Mike Schwarz said, “John brings a wealth of experience in the marine surveying industry to this role, gained from ten years as CEO of IIMS.  I am pleased to have him aboard and look forward to developing the business with him.”