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Who is This Course Suitable For?

Those wanting to work in a supervisory or management role within a boatyard or marina would benefit greatly from this course.

12 – 18 months

10 in total

Diploma: £2,950
Certificate: £2,150

Recognised by:
University of Portsmouth

About the Course

From a small sailing yacht to container vessels, the Boatyard and Marina Operations course covers all aspects of working in a boatyard or marina. So, from best practices to understanding high-risk operations such as hot works, it aims to give students the understanding to operate across this sector. Importantly, course authors are experts through both knowledge and experience, and have seen when things go right as well as very wrong.

Studying and training for this Diploma is a great way to boost your career prospects. Many students study to develop themselves in their existing role.

Course Structure

The Boatyard and Marina Operations training course consists of 10 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

1. Introduction to Boatyard and Marina Operations
  • Types of Boatyards and Marinas
  • Boatyard Operations
  • Base Marina Operations
  • Managing Risks in a Boatyard and Marina
  • Processes and Procedures
  • Surveying a Boatyard or Marina
  • Marinas and Boatyards around the World
2. Types and Descriptions of Vessels
  • Basics of Design
  • Definitions of The Principal Dimensions
  • Merchant Ship Types
  • Multi-Hulls
  • Why Boats are Designed the Way They Are
  • Types of Vessel
  • Sailing Boats
  • Sails and Rigging
  • Motorsailers
  • Power Boats
  • Inland Waterways Vessels
  • Mechanical Propulsion Devices
  • Materials and their use in Construction
  • Additional Equipment – The Inventory
  • Technical Standards
  • Basic Operational Knowledge
3. Yacht Boatyard and Marina Operations
  • Lifting and Slipping Yachts
  • Storage Ashore
  • Mast Movements
  • General Repairs to Yachts & Superyachts
  • Storage and use of Hazardous Materials
  • Electricity Supply
  • Water Supply
  • Boat Movements and Sea Trials
4. Commercial Vessel Boatyard Operations
  • Lifting and Slipping Vessels
  • Health & Safety
  • Storage Ashore
  • Boat Movements and Sea Trials
  • Hot works
  • Storage and use of Hazardous Materials
  • Water Supply/Waste Water
  • Boat Movements and Sea Trails
5. Project Managing Refits and Builds
  • Project Planning
  • Preparing Quotations
  • Financial Management
  • Management of the Project
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Change Orders
  • Use of Subcontractors
6. Legal Aspects Associated With a Boatyard or Marina
  • Introduction To English Law And The National Legal System
  • The Law of Contract
  • The Law of Tort (Negligence)
  • Liability in Contract and Tort
  • Responsibilities
  • Maritime Law
  • International Marine Law
  • Government Control of Shipping
  • Yacht/Boat Refit or Repair
  • Sale And Supply of Goods
  • Trade Descriptions
  • Marine Insurance
  • Pollution
7. Policies and Procedures
  • Safety Management System
  • Permit to Work Systems
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Health and Safety
  • General Security
  • ISPS Code
  • Environmental Threats
  • Risk Assessments
  • Fire prevention
  • Housekeeping
8. Boatyard and Marina Development
  • Understanding the Requirements
  • Boatyard Design
  • Marina Design
  • High Risk Areas
  • Infrastructure development
  • Weather and climate considerations
9. Running A Successful Boatyard or Marina
  • The Business Plan
  • Business Set-Up
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Financial Planning Tools
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Analysis – Swot Analysis
  • Business Risks
  • Personnel
  • Customer Communications, Ethics And Client Relations
10. Accidents and Incidents – Prevention and Cure
  • Occupational Health & Safety Legislation
  • Legalities and Responsibilities
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Accidents, Health Hazards and First Aid
  • Yacht & Small Craft Hazards
  • Working Together
Career Pathway

Career Path:
Develop from a relatively junior position in a boatyard or marina into management.

Dependent on the size of the marina or yard, but you could see earnings of up to £70-80k as a senior manager in a large marina.

Duties include all management aspects of a marina or boatyard, taking responsibility for both safety and profitability.

Meet the Course Director

Richard Cray

BEng (Hons), MIIMS, DipMarSur – Marine Surveyor

Richard has travelled the world as a marine surveyor and therefore has an extensive knowledge of a wide range of marinas and boatyards. From a small family owned boatyard to the biggest shipyards in the world. He has worked in and surveyed both the vessels and yards that they are in. Importantly, he believes that by following best practices and having appreciation of the risks, a safe and effective working environment can be developed.


On passing the Diploma, you will receive the above icon. Please use it on your business cards, LinkedIn profile and website(s)!

You can also use these letters after your name: MTA Dip BMO


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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