The Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy is a collaboration between two of Barbados’ leading authorities in their respective fields; Massy United Insurance and Bushy Park Circuit Inc. Both organisations have a serious commitment to reduce the amount of death and destruction on the island’s road network, and the Massy United Insurance Driving Academy programs are a direct response to the spiralling accident statistics.
Massy United Insurance Ltd. is one of the leading general insurance companies in the Caribbean. With a network of agencies and branches spread throughout 18 regional territories, their strength lies in their people – their highly skilled, customer-oriented team members, who take excellent care of their growing portfolio of clients across the region that trust them to protect the things that are important to them. They are known for their prompt service and comprehensive insurance solutions, and their customers know that they can rely on them.
Bushy Park Barbados is the leading circuit-racing facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. With a 2.01- kilometre FIA Grade 3 International Circuit and a 1.2k CIK-FIA Grade A Kart Circuit. It hosts club racing, including the one-make Suzuki Challenge Series for Swift Sports and Radical SR3s, drag racing, motorcycle racing, karting and track days. Bushy Park Barbados is proud to be the home of the Barbados Festival of Speed and now the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy.
The MUIDSA Vision
To be the ‘go to’ Centre of Excellence for driver training in the Caribbean and to be at the forefront of road safety awareness.
The MUIDSA Mission
To reduce the amount of accidents on our roads by offering high quality standardised driver training.
THE MUIDSA Core Values
Innovation: We are committed to bringing the most relevant and current driver training techniques to our range of courses.
Professionalism: Our dedicated team takes pride in their work and act with professionalism in all that they do.
Excellence: Our team is committed to exceed expectations and has the discipline to continually improve.
The courses for the Massy United Insurance Driving Skills Academy were developed in collaboration with Bushy Park by English MSA Super-licence Instructor, Steve Deeks, www.stevedeeks.com who presents, amongst other things, The Audi Driving Experience, The MSA ARDS Novice Driver Course, GT Academy for NISMO, and The Race for SKY One – Deeks has seventeen years full-time race experience including nine in Formula Cars up to F3, has driven for five ‘works’ teams – and is now a Classic racer. His specialist expertise is in driver development, having trained drivers and developed performance training programmes for over thirty years for the World’s leading manufacturers, race circuits and performance driver academies. Steve Deeks was, for twenty years, Duty Instructor and Presenter at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, a role that he still holds to this day.
New courses are continually being developed and updated in collaboration with Steve for the Academy to help us achieve our Vision and Mission.
My name is Michael Brathwaite, aka “Mr. Bee”. I have been a Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA UK) registered, fully trained and qualified professional Approved Driving Instructor since 1993 (Registration no. 207233).
My Latest DVSA standards check grade is: A 45/51
I have agreed to abide by the ADI Code of Practice and I am committed to the voluntary Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme, both in the UK and the Caribbean. I have had previous experience in the Education and Counselling Industry. I am a father of one strange daughter and four extremely strange sons. They are some of the reasons I have a real interest and passion for coaching our drivers and instructors to be safe on our roads.
I believe in developing excellent driver and driving instructor ‘skills’, these include:
- For drivers;
- early scanning for potential hazards,
- learning to be a confident ‘decision maker’ when placed in a variety of driving situations,
- abiding by the law
- being courteous to other road users.
- For instructors;
- abiding by the “Driving Instructor Code of Practice”,
- continuous teaching/ coaching skills development,
- professional conduct at all times,
- accreditation, registration and monitoring,
- continuously updating our skills for the changing road conditions.
I have the belief that it’s not necessarily our ‘right’ to drive and teach on our roads but rather that it is a ‘privilege’ and therefore we should do so safely, courteously, professionally and skilfully, with the emphasis on “Safe Driving for Life!”.