Distance Learning Programs

The ISF distance learning programs are designed to be an effective guiding tool for seafarers. Currently the program known as the "Shipboard Structured Learning and Assessment Program (SSLA)" has been designed for a Trainee Electro- Technical Officer and Junior Marine Engineer to assist them them in the follwoing: 

The SSLA is currently available in two formats:

Tablet-based E-SSLA

The E-SSLA program contents include complete syllabus of the watchkeeping certificate of competency examinations, plus the ship board operational requirements as a watchkeeping officer/engineer.

The program material which is supplied to the officer includes:

  • A pre-loaded, secure Android Tablet with all the SSLA workbooks
  • Program Brochure
  • General Guidelines brochure
  • Guidance notes booklet, which provides necessary underpinning knowledge to strengthen understanding for better decision making.

Execution of the E-SSLA: 

  • Program consists of 6 Learning Modules, loaded on the Secure Tablet and arranged according to the progression of training. Each module consists of tasks, expected to be completed by the student. Tasks are completed by typing text, labelling provided diagrams, drawing a diagram and attaching a picture of the diagram using the tablets camera. 
  • Saving the task, stores it in the memory.
  • After completion of a module, it can be uploaded to the server on availability of an internet connection.
  • The received module will be assessed by an onshore MENTOR and a feedback is sent to the candidate by email.
  • After completion of onboard tenure, student will be de briefed by MENTOR. He can further his learning using CBT resources on the web portal, take online mock written tests & gets access to online oral question / answer database for his CoC examination.

Paper-based SSLA

The program consists of several levels for systematic learning:

  • Pre-Program: The officer undergoes assessment of level of his/her Knowledge at entry to plan required learning guidance. This is conducted by response to a simple questionnaire
  • Onboard: At the next stage, the officer is given SIX modules (in the form of workbooks) which are designed and contain tasks for systematic onboard learning. The tasks are designed to help Higher retention of learning as the candidate physically sees and performs tasks on board. The learning progresses systematically starting from familiarization, operations, understanding construction / overhaul/repairs and finally fault finding. ISF provides guidelines to find the right answers and information while onboard.
  • Guidance: Candidates remain under guidance of experienced and qualified mentors ashore from ISF. Candidates have access to these mentors via email. Guidance available after completion of onboard programme if required especially till the candidate clears his examinations.
  • Post-program: ISF provides the officer access to Computer Based Trainings (CBT’s) which will further assist the candidate to prepare for the competency examination. The CBT’s have been developed in accordance to the competency exams. The officer also has access to oral question and answer sets which will help the candidate undergoing the programme to prepare for Oral functions of competency exams and assist in how to formulate an answer while answering in front of examiner. 

SSLA Team at ISF

Mentor: Surinder K. Kundra
An Electrical and Class I Marine Engineer, Mr. Kundra has sailed for 23 years on Oil/chemical tankers, Cargo and Container vessels. He has sailed as a Chief Engineer for 16 years. He has been active in training of Marine Engineers for over two years. He has contributed to major part of conceptualization and development of this programme.

Mentor: Rajendra Deshpande
He is B.E. Mechanical engineering & also having a degree in M. Tech. He also has MEO Class I Certificate of Competency. He has 24 years of vast sailing experience, out of which 17 years as a Chief Engineer.

Mentor: Pawan Kapoor
A Class I Marine Engineer, Mr. Kapoor has a vast and varied working experience of over 27 years, which ranges from being a hands-on engineer, to a workshop manager, to a mentor and guide, to a Chief Executive. He has lead teams of professionals and educationists for development of world-class training and educational establishments. He has been in the field of Maritime Training and Education for last 18 years including over five years of teaching for competency courses.

Mentor: Prathamesh Dange
Active sailing Marine Engineer holding MEO CL II COC has an experience of seven years on ships of various capacities and types majorly includes Oil (AFRAMAX/VLCC’s), Product Carrier & Bulk Carrier. A formal qualification of B.S. Marine Engineering from Tolani Maritime Institute, Talegaon. He has been associated with ISF Group for the last five years and been involved in marketing for MEO CLASS IV training, course development, as visiting faculty to NOTI – Academic Partner ISF & involved with data population for developing PMS.

Mentor: Milind Asher
Experienced Second Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the maritime industry. Skilled in Marine Engineering, Maritime Operations, Operation and Maintenance of 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Diesel Engines, International Shipping. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Tolani Maritime Institute. When not at sea, I provide freelance support to educational institutions in development and execution of maritime skill development courses.

Administrator: Capt. Dinyar Sidhva
A Master Mariner with a versatile experience of nearly 40 years in the maritime sector. During his 19 years of seafaring career, Capt. Dinyar Sidhva has served on various vessels, such as bulk carriers, tankers, general cargo ships, container ships and offshore support vessels. In his shore management role, he has at different times handled varied functions including ship operations, manning, new business development, quality, health safety and environment. He has served as a DPA, CSO and MR for two organizations. He was also associated as a freelance trainer for DNV GL and IRS.