Educating Marina Managers in North America

Educating Marina Managers in North America
Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) Course Heading to Nanaimo, BC, December 2018
The International Marina Institute (IMI), a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), is working with our affiliate partner Boating BC Association to bring our much sought after Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) Course to Nanaimo, British Columbia, December 2-6, 2018. Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is accessible via plane or ferry from the mainland of British Columbia to Vancouver Island.

“I am delighted to not only be bringing the IMM course back to the West Coast but to also be bringing it to our neighbors in Canada. Education is the key to success of any business and IMI is always looking for new regions to train marina industry professionals,” said Merritt Alves, IMI training coordinator.

The IMM course is ideal for both full charge marina managers and operation managers looking to further their careers and increase their network within the marina industry with a minimum of one year of marina management experience. The IMM course is the first step toward the highly recognized Certified Marina Manager (CMM) or Certified Marina Operator (CMO) designations. Upon successful completion of the IMM course, students must then attend the Advance Marina Management (AMM) course before applying for certification

By attending the IMM course, students will be exposed to new ways of dealing with issues and challenges common throughout the marina industry. The course covers marina-specific topics including marina law, contracts, risks and liabilities, staff management, fire-and-emergency-response planning, environmental management, health and safety compliance, and the timely issue of how best to market your marina to stay competitive in today’s climate.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the IMM course to BC,” says Lisa Geddes, Executive Director at Boating BC. “Our industry has seen steady growth in recent years. To keep our service levels high, we need to ensure training opportunities are available close to home – and Vancouver Island, home to some of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds, is ideal for marina operators in the Pacific Northwest.”

Course fees include hotel stay, breakfast and lunch each day, along with all course materials. The fee is $2,995(U.S.) for AMI members and $3,470(U.S.) for non-members.

IMI has been training and certifying marina personnel for over 30 years and offers courses in Intermediate Marina Management and Advanced Marina Management. Today there are 384 Certified Marina Managers and 24 Certified Marina Operators throughout the world.

AMI is a nonprofit membership organization that provides management training, education and information about research, legislation and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.

For more information about IMI courses, visit and click on the “training” tab. You can also email or call 401-247-0314