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Bluewater is an international yachting company with offices based in Fort Lauderdale, Antibes, Monaco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Palma.

Globally we offer a complete service in yachting; Crew Training, Recruitment, Management, Charter and Brokerage. Our Fort Lauderdale training center is a new purpose-designed, state-of-the-art 45,000 square foot maritime training center featuring the latest electronics, teaching tools, new simulation equipment, onsite indoor training pool and seasoned instructors.

Among the many advantages of our facility, we have a comfortable student lounge, kitchen and fitness center. We offer a full range of training courses, from those just starting out to the highest career levels.

Immersion suit training in our indoor sea survival pool

Meet the Team

Troy Pitmon

Troy Pitmon

Instructor

Troy joined the US Navy at age 18 as an engineer, became a Navy Diver and eventually a US Navy Diving Instructor retiring after 22 years. As an avid diver, Troy became a PADI and NAUI SCUBA Instructor.  In addition, Troy obtained first Master’s license in 1986 and currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard 1600/3000 Ton Oceans with an MCA certificate of equivalent competency. Troy currently instructs AEC, ECDIS, EDH, USCG Master 100 & 200 Tons, OUPV.

Will Williamson

Will Williamson

Instructor

Will served twenty-one years in the U.S. Coast Guard during which time he served in both shore side command positions as well as Deck Watch Officer on a 210’ Coast Guard cutter. He was on the frontline for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Homeland Security at American Military University.  He instructs STCW, Ship’s Security Officer, Power Boat Level II, Efficient Deck Hand, Operational Helm, Advanced Sea Survival, as well as our Security Compliance Officer.

Doug McDaniel

Doug McDaniel

Instructor

Doug spent many decades as Owner and Master of a variety of Sail (and a few Power) yachts, since his very early years.

Along the way, he was also employed in the Marine Electronics Industry, as well as a Marine Environmental Technician and Radio Officer onboard the EPA’s Ocean Survey vessel for 12 adventuresome years. He feels fortunate to have been a Maritime Instructor for the past 16 years.