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

  • 7th January
  • 25th February
  • 6th May
  • 1st July

RYA Diesel Engine

  • 18th February
  • 1st April

RYA Radar

  • 27th February
  • 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

  • 23rd - 25th January
  • 13th - 15th March
  • 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

  • 16th - 18th January
  • 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 January
  • 9th - 13th April

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 16th - 20th January
  • 3rd - 7th April

OOW Nav & Radar

  • 6th - 24th March


Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 13th - 17th February
  • 20th - 24th March

Master Stability

  • 6th - 10th February
  • 27th - 31st March

Master Business & Law

  • 30th Jan - 3rd Feb
  • 13th - 17th March

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 24th - 27th January
  • 4th - 7th April


Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • TBC

Workboat Stability

  • 28th February
  • 12th April

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 20th Feb - 3rd March


Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC)

  • 6th - 9th March
  • 28th - 31st March

Y4 Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht)

  • 6th - 10th February

Y4 Auxiliary Equipment (Yacht)

  • 13th - 17th February

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

  • 20th - 24th February

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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 23rd - 25th January
  • 6th - 8th March

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

  • 20th - 24th February
  • 3rd - 7th April


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC 


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC


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 18/1/17- APH