What is the MVS in Poole?

The MVS is a national maritime training charity, dedicated to educating and training people in best practise on the water as well as offering interesting activities and opportunities to develop your boating skills.

MVS Poole is a totally self-funding branch of the charity and relies on the generosity of our supporters, grants and the public. Our members navigate around Poole’s magnificent harbour in a diverse range of vessels that many of us could never afford to own. We support the harbour and the organisations which run it with our dedicated team.

Our Aims And Objectives:

Help & Preserve

We aim to help the public in and around Poole Harbour and preserve Great Britain's maritime heritage through our own activities and by working with other organisations.


We want to educate our members so that they can enjoy our harbour and gain new skills and qualifications, some of which are endorsed by the Royal Yachting Association.

Stimulate & Excite

We aim to stimulate people's interest in maritime affairs from all walks of life and to provide an enjoyable past time for all ages that is worthwhile and of use to other people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely – as long as you are 17 or older. The MVS does not have an upper age limit.

Please do. We welcome members from all walks of life and will train you at your own pace so that you can do everything required of a boat’s crew.

It is one of the main purposes of our charity on a national scale to pass on maritime skills regardless of background.

Membership rates for 2019-2020 are £140 (pro-rate for part year). This includes subs to the national operation and insurance.

However, we do have a hardship fund available for those who wish to join and can’t quite afford it.

By becoming a member you get access to all of our vessels, which range from jet skis to classic launches.

You can enjoy a large number of internal and RYA courses at a heavily reduced rate and make a difference to the harbour community of Poole.

There is no pressure to take part regularly, however we do ask people to undertake their fair share of harbour patrols in the summer season.

Of course – we welcome anybody who would like to assist and share their particular skills.

Yes, we are a Royal Yachting Association accredited Shore Training Centre. This means that a selection of our classroom courses are open to you free of charge with only a small admin fee to pay.

We welcome anybody who would like to pass on their nautical knowledge and help run courses.

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