About Us

STAFF - Marsec Training Specialists is owned by Michael Schoeman. He is also be the Lecturer for the Ship Security Officers Courses. Michael has more than 20 years sea experience (14 years experience as a Combat Officer/Principle Warfare Officer in the South African Navy). On completion of his tenure in the Navy at the rank of commander, he was involved in Anti-Piracy operations for a number of years. Michael is a qualified Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer and Principle Warfare Officer.

The other lecturer is Mr Gordon Bennett. He has more than 30 years experience in the maritime security field (military and private). He is also a qualified Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer.

All admin and finances are being conducted by Ms Lynne Rorich. She has extensive knowledge in maritime training. She formally worked at Northlink College as well as STC-SA.

What do you get for your money?

  • 5 Star Lecturing
  • Manuals and stationary
  • Pizza for lunch
  • Coffee and tea on tap
  • Unbeatable course fees


Security courses currently consist of Ship Security Officer (SSO), Designated Security Duties (DSD) and Competence in Security Awareness (CSA).

The STCW Basic course is available at STC-SA in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town. All the courses are SAMSA accredited.

All scheduled courses will run, even if there is only one person on course. We believe that every client is important and will not cancell a course due to numbers.

The SSO course is available in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. All three venues are SAMSA accredited. We are currently working on more locations in South Africa.

All courses are designed in conjunction with the STCW and ISPS Codes. Courses are accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Accreditation certificate  can be viewed under Documents.

We are currently developing the CSO and PFSO courses. Watch the site for progress.


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