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;

  • 23rd, 24th & 25th November and 8th & 9th December 2018

Day Skipper Shorebased – Evening Classes;

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

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased – 6 Days;

  • 5th – 10th November 2018

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

  • 5th – 9th November 2018

VHF/SRC Marine Radio

Usually held first Saturday of alternate months

  • 2nd June 2018
  • 1st September 2018
  • 3rd November 2018
  • 5th January 2019

RYA Diesel Engine

  • 11th November 2018
  • 26th January 2019

RYA Radar

  • 15th December 2018

MCA OOW (Yacht) Courses

Yacht Rating Course

  • On Demand

Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

  • 19th – 23rd November 2018
  • 4th – 8th March 2019

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 26th – 30th November 2018
  • 11th – 15th March 2019

OOW Navigation & Radar

  • Spring 2019

MCA Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 12th – 16th November 2018
  • 11th – 15th February 2019

Master Stability

  • 29th Oct – 2nd Nov 2018
  • 28th Jan – 1st Feb 2019

Master Business & Law

  • 5th – 9th November 2018
  • 4th – 8th February 2019

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 27th – 30th November 2018
  • 26th Feb – 1st March 2019

MCA Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • On Demand

Workboat Stability

  • 14th December 2018

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 3rd – 14th December 2018
  • 11th – 22nd March 2019

MCA Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC I)

  • 17th – 20th December 2018
  • 12th – 15th March 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)

  • 10th – 14th December 2018
  • 4th – 8th February 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)

  • 26th – 30th November 2018
  • 11th – 15th February 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)

  • 3rd – 7th December 2018
  • 18th – 22nd February 2019

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

  • 21st – 25th January 2019

SV Statutory & Operational Requirements (Small Vessel)

  • 25th Feb – 1st March 2019

SV Auxiliary Equipment II (Yacht & Small Vessel)

  • 19th – 23rd November 2018
  • 28th Jan – 1st Feb 2019

Y2 Advanced Hotel Services (Yacht)

  • 14th – 18th January 2019

Y2 Applied Marine Engineering (Yacht)

  • 7th – 11th January 2019

SV Applied Marine Engineering (Small Vessel)

  • 4th – 8th March 2019

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

  • 8th – 19th October 2018
  • 18th – 29th March 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)

  • 6th December 2018

Personal Survival Techniques

  • 7th December 2018

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

  • 5th December 2018

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)

  • 10th – 13th September 2018

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)

  • 17th – 19th December 2018
  • 11th – 13th March 2019

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

  • 3rd – 7th December 2018
  • 18th – 22nd February 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.

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Amended 22/11/18- APH