Mr William Davies

Mr William Davies

Technicial Specialist (Skipper)

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



I am a senior vessel skipper and technical specialist based at the Coxside Marine Station. I facilitate fieldwork afloat in support of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study within the University of Plymouth. I am authorized and experienced in the operation of all vessels within the Marine Station fleet and am regularly involved in skippering and supporting marine science, ocean exploration, marine biology and commercial diving activities. I have extensive experience in the logistical implications and challenges of deploying a wide range of marine field equipment while afloat and am happy to assist and offer advice in early planning stages for new and existing activities.


BSc Hons - Underwater Studies with Marine Navigation

MCA Master 200GT
MCA Approved Engine Course
STCW short courses.
International harbour master certificate.
Managing Marine Emergencies SMIT salvage.
Marine Resource Management.
IOSH Managing Safety.
OPITO On Scene Commander - Oil spill response. 
Slinger and crane operator.
RYA - Yacht Master Instructor - Power
RYA - Yacht Master Instructor - Sail
RYA - Safety Boat coxswain
BSAC - Advanced Diver

Graduated from University of Plymouth 1998
Deputy Head of Tidal section - UK Hydrographic Office - 1998 - 1999
Ship Rigger - Devonport Royal Dockyard -1999 - 2005
Part Time Seaman - Royal Navy Reserve - 1999 - 2005
Yacht Skipper and Instructor - Worldwide - 2005 - 2008
Assistant Harbour Master - Falmouth Harbour Commissioners - 2008 - 2011
Employed in current post - August 2011 till present.

Professional membership




Teaching interests

Seamanship, boat handling and marine navigation instruction.