Water Revolution Foundation

Change begins with understanding

Our educational programme brings the industry up to speed with sustainability and empowers attendees to make impactful changes within their respective organisations.

Our first course introduces participants to the concept of sustainability. Building on this, we plan to launch more courses to provide the industry with the knowledge required to make the shift towards the neutralisation of our ecological footprint.

Our first sustainability course: Sustainability in Practice

We all know that sustainability is important. Especially in the superyacht industry where, if we’re honest, we are lagging a bit behind. But how can we change this? The first step is to understand the practical changes we can each make in our own workplaces – from measuring our environmental impact to creating a sustainability strategy. 

Our sustainability course was developed to do just that. The course is very pragmatic, provides useful tools and tips, and empowers participants to start their own sustainability programmes within their respective companies.

Held in five hours divided over two days, it’s the perfect way to get up to speed with sustainability. And you’ll be in good company. Over eighty industry professionals from leading companies have already taken the course to rave reviews.

The course is run by Centre for Sustainability & Excellence who have trained 90% of Fortune 500 companies. But this isn’t a generic sustainability course. The programme is tailored to the superyacht industry so participants get the most out of it.

What will you learn?

Participants will learn the basics, from understanding sustainability definitions and key concepts to regulatory trends. The course will also cover how to effectively communicate sustainability and avoid greenwashing, both internally and externally. Participants will be taken through how to create a sustainability strategy, measure corporate social impact, and set methods for sustainability reporting. In short, it’s everything you need to know to take sustainability seriously.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at management from companies of all sizes. Past attendees have included managing directors, naval architects, marketing managers and heads of production. 

Where and how does it take place?

Until the situation allows, all future courses will take place online via Zoom. The course is held in 5 hours, divided over two consecutive days of 2.5 hours each. To ensure maximum participation, the number of participants is capped at 14. Smaller breakout sessions will be used.

Become an accredited sustainability professional

For participants who want to take the next step, they can complete an examination following the course to recieve an official digital certificate. The examination is an assignment where the participant develops a written sustainability plan that applies the lessons from the course to their own organisation. 

How much does it cost?

We want the course to be as accessible as possible for the industry. That’s why we’re offering the course at almost-cost price. The course is offered at just €315. If participants want to become accredited, the optional post-course examination is an additional €380, bring the total to €695 for both the course and the examination.

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Upcoming courses

The last course of 2020 took place on 19 & 20 November.

Please register your interest to be informed on new dates in 2021.


“I recommend this course to everyone in the yachting industry with serious intentions to get started on the path of neutralising their ecological footprint.”
Maik van Zoggel – Volvo Penta


“Along with the clear vision and tools provided during the course, one will find insights into how to achieve results within their organisation.”
Roger Termorshuizen – Heesen


The course was very well done. It fully explained the concepts, provided useful tools and helped us to better understand the subject matter.”
Michela Reverberi – Reverberi Design


The course is business oriented, meaning it is not utopic but gives concrete arguments for a “greener” business development to which managers and shareholders will be agreeable.”
Charlotte Dimet – MB92


I found the course very informative and insightful. It is an exciting time of change, and we are glad to be on the journey together.”
 Alexandra Parkinson – Winch Design


In the media

SuperYacht Times

Insight: Sustainability training with Water Revolution Foundation


Insights from the Water Revolution Foundation online sustainability course

Megayacht News

Megayacht News Radio: Sustainability in the superyacht industry


Water Revolution Foundation Zooms in on Sustainability in Practice

Trade Online Today

A course offered by Water Revolution Foundation teaches that true sustainability is about corporate social responsibility

Who has taken the course?

Dr. Ir. T.M. van Bruinessen
Naval Architect

AB Volvo Penta
Maik van Zoggel
Business Development Manager New Technologies & Integration


Amico & Co
Manuel Di Tillio
Technical & Sales Manager


Azure Yacht Design and
Naval Architecture
Karel Nguyen
Exterior Designer

Baglietto Spa
Davide Nuzzo
Engineer in Technical Department


Benetti Yachts
Marco Tommaso Coiatelli
Pre-Contractual Design and Cost Estimation Manager


Damen Yachting
Jeroen van der Sande
B Eng 

Feadship – De Vries Makkum
José Bijlstra
Manager Engineering


Genesis Technologies Marine
Jetty de Koster
Sales & marketing specialist


Heesen Yachts
Roger Termorshuizen
Safety Expert

Horizon Yacht
Keith Chen
Research Manager


Lürssen Yachts
Lennart Pundt
Head of Project Development


Wim Verhoeff
Innovation Designer


Barbara Amerio


Michael Verdon
Marine/Aviation Editor at Robb Report

Reverberi Design
Michela Reverberi


Marc Hervás
Sustainability Coordinator


Diane M. Byrne


Nautilus Innovation
Mariano Otheguy
Owner and Product Lead

RINA Services
Fiorenzo Spadoni
RINA EMEA Commercial Director


Rolls Royce Power System
Vittorio Blasi
Senior Project Manager Marine


Sanlorenzo S.p.A.
Federico Tocchi
R&D Project Engineer

Superyacht Radio
Maeve Dempsey


Superyacht Service Guide
Marieke Derks


Swiss Ocean Tech Ltd
Suzy Chisholm
Head of Corporate Communications


Lorenzo Pollicardo
Technical & Environmental Director


The Superyacht Life Foundation
Dominique Afacan

Webb Institute
Rick Royce
Professor of Naval Architecture and Director of Research

Winch Design
Alexandra Parkinson
Studio Manager Interiors

Winch Design
Mark Richardson
Business Development and Client Relationship Manager