Training is at the very heart of what we do; we are, first and foremost a maritime training charity and everything we do is designed to increase the practical skills of our members, and their understanding and knowledge of all things maritime. We are very proud that, as volunteers, we provide all training free of charge and all external courses at cost plus a small administration charge.

Our training is split into different stages:

Foundation: New joiners are taken on an 8 week Foundation course which will introduce you to the main areas of the MVS in Poole and touch on various parts of Seamanship, First Aid, Safety Afloat and Navigation. This takes place on a Wednesday evening subject to your trainers being available.

Competent Crew: Once you have completed your Foundation course you can join the Competent Crew training on Monday evenings. These classes take you through more in-depth training and exercises both in the classroom and afloat. The aim of the classes is to get you ready to take various RYA and associated courses and qualifications (most at a significantly reduced rate through our partners).

Becoming a Coxswain: Becoming a Cox is great achievement and will give you the responsibility of taking a crew on the water under your own command. You can receive all the training you want at the MVS in Poole if you wish and many of our members have either started to work or volunteered in the local maritime industry. 

Read more about our different types of training on the following pages:

Go to the next section - Classroom training.