Captain Michael Beanland

Skippers Ticket Training should be done in a boat, not a classroom. By letting people use their own boat they are familiar with it, our assessors can also then give new skippers hints on using it in their own familiar surroundings.

CEO – Chief Trainer – Captain Michael Beanland*

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iiCAPTAIN includes Perth Boat School and Australian Boat Schools – we run a number of schools training Skippers Ticket and Coxswain Grade 1 and Grade 2 around Australia. BEWARE of websites trying to fool you – We are the one and only Authorised Provider, the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO#51850) which is registered with ASQA, the National Training Regulator and an Authorised Provider of the Skippers Ticket and Coxswains certificates local to WA. We have been Audited by ASQA (training regulator) as well as by AMSA (the National Regulator of Commercial Vessels, including crew Certification) and we have had PERFECT audits every time.


We started up Perth Boat School because we saw too many people paying their money to shonky operators that didn’t train or assess properly and as a result people were dying instead of just enjoying their boats. Bad training and people getting given tickets with no training or no proper test, given tickets when they really were not safe on the sea. We hear there have been over 100 deaths in the past ten years of skipper students from the un-safe boat schools that are NOT authorised providers BUT not a single death of our students. 

We do the most commercial training on boats, on real location, in students’ boats and in regional areas, offshore, on islands etc, more than anyone else.

CEO Michael Beanland is without a doubt one of the most experienced and qualified Professional Commercial Skippers in Australia, with a vast list of boating experience/s. Mike is a professional Master skipper who has operated his own and other peoples vessels in a professional commercial capacity in almost every conceivable marine industry sector, including marine tourism, sports, offshore exploration, and owned and run marine commercial enterprises both “down South”, “up North” and Internationally over 20 years. He is a professional writer having written innumerable magazine articles for both the marine boating industry as well as the offshore oil and gas and exploration industry (even Greenpeace for a short while). Not only has he operated the boats, he has managed a boat building factory and built ferries, yachts and even built a charter catamaran for himself. He has skippered and taught the skippers of almost every type of boat and propulsion system imaginable, through all sorts of circumstances, survived sailing through 3 cyclones offshore, including sailing his own Catamaran right through the eye of one, crossed many oceans and done solo sailing as well as many international crewed voyages.

Most ‘other’ assessors have only the minimum qualification to be a trainer, Michael has the maximum. Most ‘other’ Skippers Ticket assessors are only qualified to be crew on a commercial vessel, Michael is the Skipper. Michael trains the trainers at many of the other Maritime Training Organisations, because he is the best.

Captain Beanland has his Masters as well as Marine Engineer Driver  qualifications and has many international equivalent qualifications including superyacht yacht master offshore. When younger he was a registered Commercial Waterski Instructor and Parasail and Hovercraft Operator. Sailing internationally, racing yachts internationally, delivering and skippering boats nationally and internationally as well as the ocean crossings, commercial and International boating experience gave him the passion and knowledge to make iiCaptain / Perth Boat School / Australian Boat Schools teh best as they can adjust styles to suit your needs.

For a short time Captain Mike managed WA’s largest Pearl Farm (& trained it’s skippers), he also owned and operated Sailsun International,  Dive and Eco charter tours through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and many other places. He skippered and supervised vessel building and it’s operations for a stock market listed exploration company offshore (looking for diamonds off the North Coast of WA) etc etc…..

Very few assessors in WA have the full or the latest Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment, yet Mike has it and used to teach it.

If you can find another assessor who has done more miles, has more qualifications and anywhere near the same experience, let us know. We would like to hire her (or him). We only hire the best.

*A Captain is not necessarily a Master 1. We have Master 1 Unlimited qualified trainers working for iiCaptain. Captain is just a courtesy name that  Master 1’s sometimes call each other, and want the public to call them, but it is not a real rank or title they hold. Captain is something skippers call you when you are the best. Perth Boat School has more real Captains than any other boat school, that’s why we are now called iiCAPTAIN, because we hear that all the time….. “ii Captain…”

iiCAPTAIN is an internationally registered trademark

“ii” or “aye aye” means “yes” on a boat, so the correct response is always “iiCAPTAIN”


Yes – there is a difference in many boat schools trainers ‘experience’.

‘More experience’ does not mean having been in a boat for more years – because that would mean that the oldest trainer in Perth, was most experienced – and that’s not true.

We know there is an Old Trainer who claims to be the most experienced – but fact is – he is NOT.

An old bloke who had been in a boat recreationally a few times a year for the last 50 years, is NOT “more experienced

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