Practical on-the-water training courses

Portsmouth Marine Training

Portsmouth Marine Training have very experienced and friendly instructors, modern, fully-coded boats and efficient administration. They are based at Southsea Marina in Portsmouth, a friendly and well-run marina inside Langstone Harbour. The harbour itself, situated between Chichester and Portsmouth harbours, provides an ideal training ground with varied features and easy access to the Solent. Portsmouth Marine are one of the very few fully-integrated on-the-water training organisations: they do not, for example, “outsource” powerboat training to another sea school; they are, then, able to control the quality of their service.

In addition to preferential rates for Club members, Portsmouth Marine are able to provide specially-tailored events, such as courses which take place partly at the Little Ship Club in London and partly on the coast at Southsea. Portsmouth Marine’s Chief Instructor, Steve Dimmer, is a full member of the Club and is a member of the Club’s training team.

Portsmouth Marine provide the full range of on-the-water training, including standard RYA courses for powerboating, motor cruising and sail cruising. They can also provide own-boat tuition and preparation for the International Certificate of Competence and Yachtmaster qualifications, as well as the necessary courses and preparation for obtaining commercial endorsements.

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Thames Boat Training

Thames Boat Training is run by Paul Kelly, a Yachtmaster Instructor with over 30 years’ experience.

Thames Boat Training specialise in tidal Thames training between Kingston and London and inland waterways training on the non tidal Thames between Kingston and Windsor and the River Wey.

Instruction takes place on the traditionally-styled 57-foot steel barge Wee Dram, which is fitted out to a good standard of comfort and well maintained.

In addition to acting as a base for instruction, Wee Dram can also be booked for experience days and holiday hire. Gift vouchers are also available.

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