recreational use of Aseanarean is growing rapidly. All with access
to the sea can enjoy marine recreation. From swimming in coastal waters
to sailing a magnificent blue-water yacht, the sea offers unmatched
opportunities for leisure, experience and greater understanding of
the natural environment. Opportunities for re-creation and fulfillment
Modern yacht design – power and sail – and electronic
navigation and communication aids, enable recreational seafarers
to readily voyage across seas and oceans, visit exotic ports and
remote locations. In doing so, they are exposed to calm and storm,
to great natural beauty and other memorable experiences, including
interaction with peoples of different cultures.
Wherever they may be, seafarers have an obligation to ensure safety
and efficiency, the protection of the marine environment and the
preservation of marine life.
Professional seafarers have long had access to providers of maritime
education, training and certification and minimum standards have
been established on a global basis. For recreational seafarers,
while access to appropriate but rather limited educational services
is available, there is need for a comprehensive development enabling
global access to recognized education and training of a high standard.
To assist in meeting this need, a major initiative in the provision
of knowledge and skills for marine recreation has been taken with
the establishment of the Aseanarean Yachting Academy (AYA), based
at Raffles Marina in Singapore.
As a global port and focus of maritime activity at the heart of
ASEAN, Singapore is a natural center for the development of a quality
provider of comprehensive educational services for recreational
seafarers. Raffles Marina is the longest established and most comprehensive
marina in South East Asia. It has the expertise, facilities and
other resources to support the development of the Academy.
The hierarchy of courses in the Faculty of Seamanship extends from
introductory courses for beginners to courses for those with experience
and knowledge who wish to gain a deeper understanding.