Training Courses

Preston Marina now offers a range of training courses to help you and and your crew maximise enjoyment and safety when boating.

As a registered RYA Training Centre we can offer internationally recognised training and qualifications.  The amount of practical and theory varies by course.  On-site courses are held at our Training Centre in Preston whilst the online courses can be studied anywhere you have an internet connection.

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RYA courses at Preston Marina (On-site)

The basic skills and knowledge needed to drive a powerboat.
  • 2 days training
  • On-site at Preston Marina
  • Part of course takes place on tidal river – experience real tidal conditions.
  • Course cost £315 per person. (Discounts for multiple bookings)

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course dates

Powerboat Level 2 scheduled courses run from March to October, when suitable tides allow.

(Two day course – times 09:30 – 17:30 both days unless stated)

Course dates for 2024;

March 2024

30th & 31st (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

April 2024

11th & 12th (Thurs & Fri) (COURSE FULL)

13th & 14th (Sat & Sun. 10.00 to 18.00 on Sunday) (COURSE FULL)

27th & 28th (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

May 2024

9th & 10th (Thurs & Fri) (COURSE FULL)

23 & 24th (Thurs & Fri) (COURSE FULL)

25th & 26th (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

June 2024

6th & 7th (Thurs & Fri) (ONE PLACE LEFT)

8th & 9th (Sat & Sun)

22nd & 23rd (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

July 2024

4th & 5th (Thurs & Fri)

6th & 7th (Sat & Sun)

11th & 12th (Thurs & Fri. 10.30 – 18.30 on Friday)

20th & 21st (Sat & Sun)

August 2024

1st & 2nd (Thurs & Fri)

8th & 9th (Thurs & Fri) (ONE PLACE LEFT)

10th & 11th (Sat & Sun. 10.30 – 18.30 on Sunday)

24th & 25th (Sat & Sun. 10.30 – 18.30 om Sunday)

September 2024

5th & 6th (Thurs & Fri)

7th & 8th (Sat & Sun)

28th & 29th (Sat & Sun. 08.30 – 16.30 on Sunday)

October 2024

3rd & 4th (Thurs & Fri)

5th & 6th Sat & Sun)

The marine radio is the most important piece of safety equipment on any boat.

All users must have a licence, which is awarded on successful completion of this one day course and assessment.

  • One day classroom course, with assessment.
  • Cost £125 for the course, (plus £70 for the assessment and licence)
  • Ages 16+

RYA VHF (SRC) Course dates

2024 Course Dates;

Sat. 27th January ’24 (COURSE FULL)

Fri. 8th March ’24 (COURSE FULL)

Fri. 19th April ’24 (NEW DATE)

Sat. 20th April

Fri. 31st May

Sat. 29th June

Fri. 26th July

Sat. 19th August

Fri. 27th September.

Fri. 8th November.


Do you just want to take the VHF (SRC) assessment without the course? Click here…
Learn the basics of sailing in the sheltered waters of Preston Dock in a comfortable and stable Jeanneau sailing cruiser.

RYA Start Sailing Course dates

These courses will be starting in Spring 2024.

A beginners’ course to help prevent and solve diesel engine failures.
  • One Day
  • On-Site at Preston
  • No detailed knowledge required
  • Course cost; £ 125 (includes RYA course pack)

RYA Diesel Engine Course dates

Sun. 11th February 2024  (COURSE FULL)

Sat 24th February 2024 (NEW DATE ADDED)

Sat 21st September 2024

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective.

It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

Course cost £125 per person.

RYA First Aid Course dates

Sunday 17th March 2024 (COURSE FULL)

Sunday 19th May 2024

Sat. 19th October 2024.

Course time 09:00hrs – 18:00hrs


A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.
  • 40 hour classroom course
  • includes RYA Course Pack

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course dates

3 Consecutive Weekends
(max. 12 people, min. 4 people)

  • 13th/14th January
  • 20th/21st January
  • 27th/28th January


5 Day Intensive Course
(max.12 people, min. 4 people)

  • February 2024 – Monday 5th – Friday 9th inclusive  COURSE FULL


Course fee £395 inc VAT (includes RYA Course Pack) NOW ONLY £295 for a limited period!

This one day course prepares you to stay alive in an emergency. It will show you how to make the best use of a life-raft and you will learn some basic survival techniques.

RYA Sea Survival Course dates

Dates – TBA

  • Course fee £POA
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for more experienced skippers.
  • 40 hour classroom course
  • includes RYA Course Pack
  • Course fee £450 inc VAT

RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Course dates

17th & 18th Februaury

24th & 25th February

2nd & 3rd March 2024

(3 consecutive weekends)

A one day course increasingly popular on both sailing and motor boats.

Radar is an invaluable aid for navigation and collision avoidance but it is only useful in the hands of a knowledgable operator. The course can be conducted ashore using RYA approved software, or afloat on an authorised vessel.

Course run in co-operation with GLASSON SEA SCHOOL.


Other courses at Preston Marina (On-site)

A 3-hour practical refresher for those who already hold an RYA PB2 certificate.
  • no exams or assessments – just an opportunity to increase your confidence
  • covers key handling skills and the rest is tailored to your needs
  • £95 pp, or £85 for anyone who completed their PB2 with Preston Marina
  • 2 people minimum

Online courses

For a list of Online Courses – CLICK HERE