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;

  • 13th - 17th February

Day Skipper Shorebased - 2 Weekends;

  • TBC

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased - 5 Days;

  • 20th - 24th March

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased - 2 Weekends

  • TBC

Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased - 5 Days

  • TBC

(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

  • 6th May
  • 1st July

RYA Diesel Engine

  • 1st April

RYA Radar

  • 11th April


Safety & Security Courses

STCW Basic Safety Week:

Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR)

  • TBC

Personal Survival Techniques

  • TBC

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

  • TBC

Basic Fire Fighting

  • 8th - 10th May
  • 19th - 21st June
  • 19th - 21st October
  • 18th - 20th December
    (at Mersey Fire & Rescue, booked through JPMA)


Medical 1st Aid Aboard Ship (STCW)

  • TBC

Advanced Fire Fighting

  • 27th - 30th March
  • 5th - 8th June
  • 7th - 10th August
  • 16th - 19th October
  • 11th - 14th December
    (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)

  • 9th - 13th April
  • 5th - 9th June

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 3rd - 7th April
  • 12th - 16th June

OOW Nav & Radar

  • 6th - 24th March


Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 26th - 30th June

Master Stability

  • 3rd - 7th July

Master Business & Law

  • 10th - 14th July

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 4th - 7th April
  • 18th - 21st July


Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • TBC

Workboat Stability

  • 12th April

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 8th - 19th May


Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC)

  • 28th - 31st March

Y4 Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht)

  • 8th - 12th May

Y4 Auxiliary Equipment (Yacht)

  • 15th - 19th May

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

  • 22nd - 26th May

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

  • 5th - 9th June

Y2 Advanced Hotel Services (Yacht)

  • 3rd - 7th July

Y2 Applied Marine Engineering (Yacht)

  • 26th - 30th June

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

  • 20th - 31st March
  • October 2017


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)

  • 24th - 26th April
  • 31st May - 2nd June

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

  • 3rd - 7th April
  • 22nd - 26th May
  • 10th - 14th July


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 5th - 9th June
  • 26th - 30th June
  • 24th - 28th July


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 4th - 6th April


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 15th - 26th May


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 30/3/17- APH