We hold classroom training sessions most Monday and Wednesday evenings, and some weekends. They take place in one of our 5 classrooms that are centred around the Port of Poole; they can take classes of between 5 and 20 people; we have a further venue taking up to 200 people that we use when we all need to get together for whatever reason.
These shore-based lessons can be our own internal courses that cover all aspects of seamanship, meteorology, navigation or safety, or the relevant RYA specialist courses. As a registered RYA shorebased training centre we offer:
- RYA First Aid
- RYA Radar
- RYA Diesel Engine
- RYA/Ofcom Short Range Radio Certificate
- RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship
- RYA Day-skipper Theory
We also offer all of the other RYA courses both shore based and afloat at hugely reduced rates through two training partners that are licenced RYA schools. We have had successful training partnerships with these schools for some years and hope to continue to do so for many years to come.
Should you join us you will find our training schedule is well planned and designed to allow you to progress through your journey at your own pace. We will issue you with your own personalised Pathway which is your guide to success, taking you from our foundation course, which everybody attends and lasts for about eight weeks, through competent crew, harbour cox, coded cox with commercial endorsement and onto the instructor and senior instructor qualifications. Some of these latter modules may be by-passed depending on your existing qualifications and experience.
Not everybody wishes to complete the pathway, after the initial courses, which are designed to make you safe on a boat, further learning is optional; the majority of our members do continue to enhance their skills but some decide that they are happy to keep their skills at their present levels and get more involved with the maintenance of the unit (craft and/or premises), or the community support side of MVS Poole. Some members have even moved on to pastures new, having completed what they set out to achieve. This is fine by us as we are a training organisation and if we can help people get a better job or start a fresh career path then we have done our job.
For those who have stepped back from the formalised route of the Pathway we still offer interesting courses, workshops and lectures at our regular meetings, both at the Monday evening night school and our regular general meetings, as well as a host of opportunities to explore the harbour by boat and go to sea. One thing is for sure, at MVS Poole you will never be short of something to do.