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;

July 2024

4th & 5th (Thurs & Fri) (COURSE FULL)

6th & 7th (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

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

20th & 21st (Sat & Sun) (COURSE FULL)

August 2024

1st & 2nd (Thurs & Fri) (ONE PLACE LEFT)

8th & 9th (Thurs & Fri) 

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. 29th June (COURSE FULL)

Fri. 26th July

Sat. 3rd 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

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


Friday 14 June 2024.

Saturday 19th October 2024.

Course time 09:00hrs – 18:00hrs



If you have a club or group needing RYA First Aid we can often arrange a dedicated course just for you – on site at Preston or at your chosen location in the NorthWest. (min group size 4 people). Call for details.

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 – January 2025
(max. 12 people, min. 4 people)

  • 11th/12th January 2025
  • 18th/19th January
  • 25th/26th January


3 Consecutive Weekends – March 2025
(max. 12 people, min. 4 people)

  • 1st/2nd March 2024
  • 8th/9th March
  • 15th/16th March


5 Day Intensive Course Feb 2025
(max.12 people, min. 4 people)

  • February 2025 – Monday 3rd – Friday 7th inclusive


Course fee £395 inc VAT (includes RYA Course Pack)

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

February 2025

3 consecutive weekends. Max 12 people.

  • 8th/9th Feb
  • 15th/16th Feb
  • 22nd/23rd Feb

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