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TSA November 2021 newsletter

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Welcome to the Thames Skills Academy November 2021 newsletter, covering all the latest news, events and essential training you need to know about.

Thames Skills Academy recognised in the 2021 Princess Royal Training Awards

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been recognised for our exceptional commitment to training and development by the prestigious 2021 Princess Royal Training Awards.  The TSA was praised for the employer-led development and roll out of our vitally important Riverside Personal Safety course – developed in partnership with Tideway London, SeaRegs Training and London City Airport. Find out more about the award here:

We hope this brings safety training for those working and living alongside the Thames and other inland waterways to an even wider audience, making rivers safer for all.

Find out more about our award-winning course

Safer Thames Intervention training launched in partnership with the Samaritans

Suicide is the leading cause of deaths on the tidal Thames. The Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum (PLA, RNLI, Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, HM Coastguard, London Ambulance Service, Corporation of London, Transport for London and the City of London Police) has commissioned the Thames Skills Academy, partnering with the Samaritans, to create a half-day training course that will equip attendees with the skills and confidence to intervene should they encounter someone showing signs of suicidal behaviour on the Thames.

This hugely beneficial course is aimed at everyone who is regularly by or on the river. To book, please visit the link below or contact the training team on 01322 917 552 or

Find out more and book your place

Join us for Women on the Water’s Christmas 2021 meeting

Women on the Water aims to encourage more diversity in the inland waterways sector, including the tidal Thames, by providing ongoing support and networking opportunities as well as positioning the industry as an attractive careers choice for women. 

Open to all women in an operational role on the Thames, we warmly invite you to join our festive gathering at Watermen’s Hall on 7 December – as well as our numerous gatherings throughout 2022.

Find out more and book your place

Women on the Water is front page news

To promote our burgeoning Women on the Water network, the Thames Guardian showcased several women who already proudly call the Thames their workplace. We are hugely pleased to say the resulting feature made the front page of the publication’s Autumn edition!

Find out what they had to say about working on the river

Showcasing #CareersOnTheThames aboard the Cutty Sark

As part of the Totally Thames Festival 2021, the Thames Skills Academy entered a collaboration with Royal Museums Greenwich, with Trinity House funding, to showcase Careers on the Thames that relate to jobs seafarers did aboard the Cutty Sark 150 years ago.

A series of films was created starring young people starting their careers in the maritime industry, including marine engineers and boatmasters. They talk about their jobs, how they got started, and the similarities between their roles and those that would have been performed on the Cutty Sark. At the launch aboard the Cutty Sark, families enjoyed testing out their river skills and learning about the careers on the Thames on offer.

Watch the full series of videos

Book an online refresher to extend your Riverside Personal Safety Certificate

This essential two-hour course will refresh previous knowledge, update you on changes, and review incidents from industry and course participants.

To find out more about the course and to book, contact the training team on 01322 917 552 or

Book your place on the course

You’re now up to date on all the latest happenings from the Thames Skills Academy! Please remember to visit our website and follow us on social media using the links below for all the latest news and training event information.

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