About Us

yachts in port

Ship's cook & powerboat

duncan biggs

Duncan is an accomplished chef who travels the world, going wherever he is needed. Working both on-board and shore side, he has 25 years’ experience cooking for the most demanding of clients and in a variety of situations.

In addition to cheffing at the top of the yachting industry, Duncan has been involved in setting up SOPs for yachts of different sizes, over many years, as part of his role as Head Chef.

He both helped to write and regularly teaches on the Ship’s Cook Certificate Assessment and teaches all levels of Food Safety training, as well as being a qualified Powerboat Level 2 instructor.

With over 30 years’ experience in the yachting industry, Mark worked his way up through the industry, from the bottom to the top.

Now shore based, he has a passion for helping crew members to achieve their highest potential within their yachting careers. 

Mark is a skilled and versatile trainer who excels at teaching RYA Powerboat Level 2, PWC , Food Safety Levels 2 and 3, as well as being a fully qualified assessor for the Ship’s Cook Certificate Assessment course.
Mark also regularly teaches STCW on behalf of other internationally recognised training schools and assists in New Build Services and Galley Set-ups.

mark cox

Food safety

Alan Williams

Alan has worked in the yachting industry for over 30 years, now shore based he is involved in the running of a successful and well-established catering company in the South of France. 

Alan is qualified to teach Food and Safety Level 2 and Powerboat Level 2.

Alan uses his love and passion for illustration to enhance his teaching.

A skilled communicator, Claire is a key member of the teaching team. A qualified trainer and assessor, with over 20 years’ experience as an accomplished educator across a variety of disciplines, she has spent the last 6 years dedicated to yacht training, helping candidates to progress and excel in their chosen fields.

Claire is authorised to teach Food Safety Level 2 and 3  and on the Ship’s Cook Assessment.

Claire White

Interior training

Kim Woodey

Kim is an IAMI GUEST Accredited Interior trainer with extensive experience working on board large motor yachts, cruising both well-known and far-flung regions of the world.

Having worked predominantly as Chief Stewardess and Purser on both private and chartered yachts, she has been involved in all aspects of the daily running of the vessels, as well as refit and new build projects therefore she knows first-hand the challenges her students may face.

She has trained shoreside, onboard, online as well as in resorts. Drawing on her previous experience as a qualified teacher, Kim is ideally suited to provide a relaxed yet focused environment helping her students gain an in-depth understanding of the highest levels expected in all aspects of the Interior and guest service. Kim is committed to giving flexible, tailored training to each student to help them develop and reach their potential. 

Chocolatier Course

Hannah Rose

Hannah Rose

Chef Hannah Rose is an up and coming name in the Yachting Industry specialising in the world of chocolatier & patisserie. Born and raised in Scotland, Hannah’s culinary journey started in the realm of fine dining, progressing through one and two Michelin-starred restaurants before transitioning to the yachting industry. 

Since embarking on her journey in the yachting industry, Hannah has fine-tuned her craft in both a culinary academy and devoting her time to exploring techniques and ideas on chocolate. In 2023, her remarkable contributions to world-renowned A-list celebrities and charter guests propelled her towards a new venture: sharing her expertise through a demand for an exquisite chocolatier training course, all while continuing her work within the industry onboard M/Y Phoenix2 as Sous Chef. Hannah has collaborated with OceanWave Monaco to share her skillset with other chefs in the industry.

Wine Tasting Course

Maria Kuhlin

Maria Kuhlin

Having worked in the resturant-business and as a wine-professional for more than 15 years, Maria has spent the last three years  teaching.

She believes that wine should be fun and enjoyable.

With a passion to inspire and uncomplicate wine,  Maria aims to teach the basics and inspire the confidence to explore the world of wine to its fullest.

Plant-Based Nutrition

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Sarah is a sailor, certified business coach and qualified plant-based nutrition specialist  and founder of Small Vegan Kitchen dedicated to living a sustainable, healthy plant-based life as she sails around the world on her 41ft yacht Kahu.

Small Vegan Kitchen emerged from her unequivocal belief that:
1. Plant-based nutrition is the optimal choice for nourishing our bodies, preserving our oceans, nurturing our minds, and caring for the planet.
2. We need to modernize our approach to provisioning and cooking for life on the water with sustainability at the forefront of everything we do.

Drawing on her professional experience in the food industry, in-depth knowledge of healthy nutrition, passion for good food, and understanding of what it takes to prepare exceptional food whilst at sea, she coaches Superyacht Chefs in provisioning and preparing nutrient-rich, plant-based meals helping them adopt a holistic approach to nutrition, viewing it not only as a means to stave off hunger but as a strategic tool to enhance physical endurance and mental acuity when you need it most.

Our aim at OceanWave Monaco is to ensure that we assist Yacht Crew to best carry out their duties to the highest standard, by providing excellent training in an enjoyable and accessible environment. We believe in adapting techniques to individual needs, thereby instilling confidence in candidates to exceed their expectations and reach their highest potential.

Our trainers have extensive knowledge, reflecting their proven experience across all areas of the yachting and maritime industry (both on deck and interior). All of our trainers hold the correct IMO model course 6,09 certificate as required by the MCA Regulation 1/6, Section A-1/6 of the STCW convention and code 1978 as amended.