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About the Course

This course has been designed to give you an idea of what some of the common faults are with certain systems and how to report these facts. The online course consists of 1 module that must be completed within 6 months.

The module consists of text, charts and pictures to help with your learning and 10 multiple choice questions which you are expected to pass by 70%. On successful completion of the module you will be rewarded with a Certificate in ‘Surveying Yacht and Small Craft Systems’.

Module includes

  • Introduction
  • Exhaust systems
  • Air conditioning
  • Water systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Bilge pumps
  • Gas systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Safety equipment
  • Limitations of a Marine Surveyor
  • Non-intrusive examination

Meet the Course Author

Gary Webster

MIMI AMIMarEST MarEngTech DipMarSur

Gary has been sailing since the age of thirteen and has enjoyed everything from dinghy racing through to powerboats and cruising in the Mediterranean.

He has been in the mechanical and engineering field since 1977 and obtained Eng. Tech. qualification(Engineering Technician) in 1984. He is still actively involved in GRP repairs to yachts and small craft in his spare time and holds an MCA commercially endorsed skipper’s license.

He has been involved with insurance and risk assessments on vessels up to mega-yacht proportions and has carried numerous engineering surveys on behalf of claims adjusters worldwide. Gary has been responsible for producing reports on repair costing, fire and accident investigation and diagnosing and analysing faults for major international maritime companies and manufacturers.


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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