HELM (Human Element Leadership and Management) courses at the Gdynia Maritime School - MarinePoland.com
HELM (Human Element Leadership and Management) courses at the Gdynia Maritime School
Anna Konopka
Date of publication: 09.02.2022
The programs have been prepared based on the IMO Model Courses and the requirements of the STCW 78 Convention with amendments and the STCW Code and adapted to the requirements and expectations of individual customers.

The programs have been prepared based on the IMO Model Courses and the requirements of the STCW 78 Convention with amendments and the STCW Code and adapted to the requirements and expectations of individual customers.


Classes include lectures, mostly with a psychologist, and practical exercises using, respectively, the Navigation Bridge Simulator (K-Sim Navigation) - the Norwegian company Kongsberg and the Engine Room Simulator - the Polish company UNITEST.

Meetings with a psychologist include a discussion preceded by a lecture, the introduction of which is specialized behavioral analysis.


The aforementioned analysis is a test that describes in an accessible way the strengths, motivators and communication style of a given person. The study is conducted for educational purposes only and provides the basis for discussing the psychological aspects of acting in the work environment.


During the classes, various psychological aspects are discussed, included in the training program, with a strong emphasis on communication in the group, authority and reaction to stress.

In justified cases, practical exercises are introduced, alternating with work on simulators.


During the workshops, everyone is given a chance to express themselves freely, which is to encourage the exchange of experiences. Here, the diversity of the group in terms of competences or positions is an additional value of the training. There are first, very positive evaluations of these activities. Everyone believes that they should tremendously help in managing stress on the ship.


The course lasts 5 days (40 hours - including 18 hours of the simulator). Certificate of completion of the course (valid for 5 years) - is issued by the Maritime School.


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