‘Below Deck Med’: Hannah Ferrier Refutes EJ Jansen’s Claim She Stole His Yachting Course

Hannah Ferrier from Below Deck Mediterranean refuted EJ Jansen’s claim that she stole his yachting course to pass off as her own.

Hannah Ferrier
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Jansen, who appeared on Below Deck Season 5, claimed Ferrier copied his yachting course, which she turned into Ocean International Training Academy. “I never really met [Ferrier], but she literally word for word copied my Yacht University course and made it kind of her own,” Jansen said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. 

Since making the bombshell allegation, Ferrier has remained relatively quiet, except for making an announcement she is now engaged. But she finally addressed the allegations on her Dear Diary, You’re Effed! podcast.

Hannah Ferrier didn’t know EJ Jansen

Ferrier laughed off Jansen’s suggestion she ripped him off. “This is a guy who did like one season years back on Below Deck Caribbean,” Ferrier said. “So I’ve never met him. I actually had to Google who he was because I didn’t know him. He sent me a DM back on the 24th of October. I was due to give birth on the 27th of October. It was kind of sh*tty timing but whatever.”

She read the message on her podcast where Jansen accused her of copying his yachting course. Ferrier responded by telling Jansen she wasn’t even aware of his website “and I certainly didn’t copy your course,” she said.

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“So he did a podcast last week or 10 days ago and said that I had copied his course and I wouldn’t talk to him and that I’d gone ballistic when he approached me about it,” Ferrier recounted. “Which I thought was really funny.”

You can’t copyright courses worldwide, Hannah Ferrier said

Ferrier said in Jansen’s first message he wrote that he didn’t appreciate that she copied his course and that his course is copyrighted. He also said she used the same photo he used on his website. Ferrier said the image is used by many other yachting courses and she sent him a screenshot. The image is a stock standard image, she added.

“He said, ‘I’m not getting upset, look I could be wrong and a lot of the time I am,'” Ferrier read from her message. “That’s an interesting way to put it.” But he continued his message by comparing how similar the courses looked. “So you’re trying to teach people how to join yachting and I’m teaching people how to join yachting,” Ferrier said. “Obviously there’s going to be some elements that look the same.”

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She then shared that Jansen told her it looks like the same business “which could potentially become legal territory to my intellectual property,” she read. “I was like, you can’t copyright courses worldwide. If he wants to go down that road, then he’s copying off Blue Water for example.”

Jansen said others have tried to duplicate his content in the past. “It’s funny because, over the course of eight years, I’ve had over three different women try to copy the course from me, mostly friends of mine. All of a sudden they stopped talking to me and I was like, wait a second, now you got something similar to this?” he said on the podcast.