Colin and Jon were very patient as I took some time to "get it" with chartwork. I found it very hard work and far more time consuming than I thought it would be.  The online videos were very helpful when doing homework.

This course is brilliant fun and our venue has very warm water and the facilities to make waves. There is a serious aspect to the course as statistics prove that, should the worst happen, people who have done this course survive more than those who don’t do it. Launching and using the liferaft in a pool is an essential part of this course.  We feel it is also important that you experience an automatic lifejacket inflating and gain confidence that it will work when needed. Unlike other providers we supply automatic lifejackets and waterproofs  so you don't have to use your own in chlorinated water.

The RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course is a one-day course for beginners and assumes no prior experience.  Our instructor trained with Union Castle and sailed on numerous diesel-powered merchant ships and has, over many years sailing in small boats, gained an in-depth knowledge of smaller marine engines and their ancillary systems. You will learn a little theory of how an engine works, but most time will be spent on the supply of fuel, air and water, the essential things needed to make the engine work, and how to keep your engine running properly.

As part of the course we use both training engines and real engines, so please wear safe shoes and old clothes.  You will be bleeding the fuel and replacing impellers etc.

The course is essential for all users of today’s boats.  Ideally suited to both sail and powerboat users, whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could save your life.


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