We offer an extensive and comprehensive range of both RYA and MCA courses. Our School is set in the heart of Hoylake, on the beautiful Wirral peninsula in Northwest England.

Click on the course title to see further details and prices on each course.

Evening Classes for Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore begin October 2016 and finish in March 2017. (Monday - Yachtmaster Offshore, Tuesday - Day Skipper).

NOTE: annual course fee increase from 1st June. Prices can be found on each course details page.

RYA Courses 

Day Skipper Shorebased - 5 Days;

  • 12th - 16th September
  • 7th - 11th November

Day Skipper Shorebased - 2 Weekends;

  • TBC

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased - 5 Days;

  • 3rd - 7th October
  • 28th November - 2nd December

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased - 2 Weekends

  • TBC

Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased - 5 Days

  • 5th - 9th September
  • 14th - 18th November

(Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course dates can be arranged at our sister schools)

VHF/SRC Marine Radio

Usually held first Saturday of alternate months

  • 3rd September
  • 5th November
  • 7th January

RYA Diesel Engine

  • TBC

RYA Radar

  • TBC


Safety & Security Courses

STCW Basic Safety Week:

Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR)

  • TBC

Personal Survival Techniques

  • TBC

Basic Fire Fighting

  • TBC
    (at Mersey Fire & Rescue, booked through JPMA)

1 day First Aid (RYA Small Craft and MCA Elementary First Aid available)

  • TBC


Medical 1st Aid Aboard Ship (STCW)

  • 12th - 15th September
  • 12th - 15th December

Advanced Fire Fighting

  • 31st October - 3rd November
    (at Mersey Fire & Rescue, booked through JPMA)

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC


OOW (Yacht) Courses

Yacht Rating Course

  • On Demand

Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

  • 7th - 11th November
  • 9th - 13th January
  • 9th - 13th April

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 14th - 18th November
  • 16th - 20th January
  • 3rd - 7th April

OOW Nav & Radar

  • TBC


Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 5th - 9th December
  • 13th - 17th February
  • 20th - 24th March

Master Stability

  • 28th November - 2nd December
  • 6th - 10th February
  • 27th - 31st March

Master Business & Law

  • 12th - 16th December
  • 30th Jan - 3rd Feb
  • 13th - 17th March

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 22nd - 25th November
  • 24th - 27th January
  • 4th - 7th April


Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • TBC

Workboat Stability

  • TBC

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 20th Feb - 3rd March


Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC)

  • 17th - 20th January
  • 28th - 31st March

Y4 Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht)

  • 21st - 25th November
  • 6th - 10th February

Y4 Auxiliary Equipment (Yacht)

  • 28th November - 2nd December
  • 13th - 17th February

Y4 Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services & Ship Construction (Yacht)

  • 5th - 9th December
  • 20th - 24th February

Y3/Y2 Chief Engineer Statutory & Operational Requirements (Yacht)

  • 12th - 16th December
  • 27th Feb - 3rd March

Y2 Advanced Hotel Services (Yacht)

  • 13th - 17th March

Y2 Applied Marine Engineering (Yacht)

  • 6th - 10th March

Y2 General Engineering Science I & II (Yacht/Small Vessel/Merchant)

  • 5th - 16th December
  • 20th - 31st March


Small Vessel Engineering courses will be available at JPMA from Spring 2017. Dates will be published here, but for more info on the new Small Vessel Engineering route click here


PYA Interior Courses

Introduction to Superyachts

  • TBC

Basic Food Service

  • TBC

Wine & Cocktail Introduction

  • TBC


Other Courses

Human Element Leadership & Management (Operational Level) - HELM (O)

  • 21st - 23rd September
  • 23rd - 25th November

Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level) - HELM (M)

  • 10th - 14th October
  • 5th - 9th December


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 19th - 23rd September 


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 7th - 9th September


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC


Oral Preparation for OOW, Master & Engineering

  • Run on a weekly basis



Please note that course dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances and therefore we would recommend that you contact the School to confirm the availability of dates and places before you make any necessary arrangements.

Click on the course title to see prices and further details.



Amended 25/11/16- APH