Course Dates

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.

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


RYA Courses

Day Skipper Shorebased – 5 Days;

  • Early 2019

Day Skipper Shorebased – 2 Weekends;

  • 22nd, 23rd, 24th March & 6th, 7th April 2019

Day Skipper Shorebased – Evening Classes;

  • Begin October 2018 and finish in March 2019, every Monday.

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased – 6 Days;

  • 4th – 9th March 2019

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased – 3 Weekends;

  • Early 2019

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased – Evening Classes;

  • Begin November 2018 and finish in April 2019, every Tuesday.

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

Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased – 5 Days

  • March 2019

VHF/SRC Marine Radio

(Usually held first Saturday of alternate months)

  • 5th January 2019
  • 2nd March 2019
  • 4th May 2019
  • 6th July 2019

RYA Diesel Engine

  • 26th January 2019

RYA Radar

  • 1st March 2019

MCA OOW (Yacht) Courses

Yacht Rating Course

  • On Demand

Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

  • 4th – 8th March 2019

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 11th – 15th March 2019
  • 3rd – 7th June 2019

OOW Navigation & Radar

  • Autumn 2019

MCA Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 11th – 15th February 2019
  • 6th – 10th May 2019

Master Stability

  • 28th Jan – 1st Feb 2019
  • 20th – 24th May 2019

Master Business & Law

  • 4th – 8th February 2019
  • 13th – 17th May 2019

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 26th Feb – 1st March 2019
  • 28th – 31st May 2019

MCA Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • On Demand

Workboat Stability

  • 28th February 2019

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 11th – 22nd March 2019
  • 24th June – 5th July 2019

MCA Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC I)

  • 12th – 15th March 2019
  • 23rd – 26th April 2019
  • 16th – 19th July 2019

Y4 Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht)

Not available after 31st July 2018. Y4 candidates will need to undertake SV Marine Diesel Engineering instead. Re-sits are available on SV exams for this Y4 module.

SV Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht & Small Vessel)

  • 4th – 8th February 2019
  • 10th – 14th June 2019

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

Not available after 31st July 2018. Y4 candidates will need to undertake SV Operational Procedures & Basic Hotel Services instead. Re-sits are available on SV exams for this Y4 module.

SV Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services & Ship Construction (Yacht & Small Vessel)

  • 11th – 15th February 2019
  • 17th – 21st June 2019

Y4 Auxiliary Equipment (Yacht)

  • Not available after 31st July 2018. Y4 candidates will need to undertake SV Auxiliary Equipment I instead. Re-sits are available on SV exams for this Y4 module.

SV Auxiliary Equipment I (Yacht & Small Vessel)

  • 18th – 22nd February 2019
  • 24th – 28th June 2019

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

  • 21st – 25th January 2019
  • 29th April – 3rd May 2019

SV Statutory & Operational Requirements (Small Vessel)

  • 25th Feb – 1st March 2019

SV Auxiliary Equipment II (Yacht & Small Vessel)

  • 28th Jan – 1st Feb 2019
  • 1st – 5th July 2019

Y2 Advanced Hotel Services (Yacht)

  • 14th – 18th January 2019
  • 8th – 12th April 2019

Y2 Applied Marine Engineering (Yacht)

  • 7th – 11th January 2019
  • 1st – 5th April 2019

SV Applied Marine Engineering (Small Vessel)

  • 4th – 8th March 2019
  • 22nd – 26th July 2019

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

  • 18th – 29th March 2019
  • 8th – 19th July 2019

For more info on the new Small Vessel Engineering route click here

MCA Oral Preparation Courses

Oral Preparation for OOW, Master & Engineering

  • Run on a weekly basis

Safety & Security Courses

STCW Basic Safety Week:

Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR)

  • April 2019

Personal Survival Techniques

  • April 2019

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

  • April 2019

Basic Fire Fighting

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

Advanced Fire Fighting

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

Medical 1st Aid Aboard Ship (STCW)

  • 24th – 27th March 2019

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC

Other Courses

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

  • 11th – 13th March 2019
  • 8th – 10th May 2019
  • 15th – 17th July 2019

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

  • 18th – 22nd February 2019
  • 29th April – 3rd May 2019
  • 8th – 12th July 2019

ECDIS

below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC

GMDSS ROC

below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC

GMDSS GOC

below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • TBC

PYA Interior Courses

Introduction to Superyachts

  • TBC

Basic Food Service

  • TBC

Wine & Cocktail Introduction

  • TBC

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 6/2/19- APH