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 £295 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.

Course dates for 2024 are being arranged soon.

Please contact us to register your interest.

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 £115 for the course, (plus £70 for the assessment and licence)
  • Ages 16+

RYA VHF (SRC) Course dates


Fri. 8th December



Sat. 27th January ’24

Fri. 8th March ’24

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; £ 115 (includes RYA course pack)

RYA Diesel Engine Course dates

Sunday 11th February 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.

RYA First Aid Course dates

Sunday 17th March 2024
Course time 09:00hrs – 18:00hrs

Course fee per person; £115

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)

  • January 2024 – 6th/7th, 13th/14th & 20th/21st


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

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


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