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 June

Day Skipper Shorebased - 2 Weekends;

  • TBC

Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased - 5 Days;

  • 19th - 23rd June

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

  • TBC

RYA Radar

  • TBC


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

  • 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

  • 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 October
  • 11th - 15th December

OOW General Ship Knowledge

  • 2nd - 6th October
  • 4th - 8th December

OOW Nav & Radar

  • Autumn 2017


Master (Yacht) Courses

Master Seamanship & Meteorology

  • 26th - 30th June
  • 30th Oct - 3rd Nov

Master Stability

  • 3rd - 7th July
  • 6th - 10th November

Master Business & Law

  • 10th - 14th July
  • 13th - 17th November 

Master Celestial Navigation Exam Revision Course

  • 18th - 21st July
  • 24th - 27th October
  • 28th Nov - 1st Dec


Workboat Courses

Fire Safety (BML)

  • TBC

Workboat Stability

  • TBC

Workboat Operations (Master Workboats <500gt) 

  • 7th - 18th August
  • 20th November - 1st December


Engineering Courses

Approved Engine Operator Course (AEC)

  • 25th - 28th September
  • November 2017
  • December 2017

Y4 Marine Diesel Engineering (Yacht)

  • 18th - 22nd September

Y4 Auxiliary Equipment (Yacht)

  • 11th - 15th September

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

  • 4th - 8th September

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

  • 2nd - 6th October

Y2 Advanced Hotel Services (Yacht)

  • 3rd - 7th July
  • 23rd - 27th October

Y2 Applied Marine Engineering (Yacht)

  • 26th - 30th June
  • 30th October - 3rd November

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

  • 9th - 20th October
  • 4th - 15th December


Small Vessel Engineering courses will be available at JPMA from Autumn 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)

  • 18th - 20th September
  • 6th - 8th November
  • 18th - 20th December

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

  • 10th - 14th July
  • 11th - 15th September
  • 30th Oct - 3rd November
  • 4th - 8th December


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 4th - 8th September 
  • 20th - 24th November


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 4th - 6th September


below dates at Lairdside Maritime Centre, booked through JPMA:

  • 31st July - 11th August
  • 9th - 20th October


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 26/7/17- APH