The RYA's motto is "education not legislation", which means that up to 155,000 people every year complete an RYA training course voluntarily. The success of the system is clear as the UK is the least regulated country in Europe whilst enjoying the best safety record. This impressive position is due to the diligence of boat owners in the UK.
Only the VHF SRC certificate is legally required. This one day course can be completed in our spacious and well appointed classroom in Warsash. However, all practical courses passed can reduce your insurance premium by hundreds of pounds!
There are 3 main reasons to train with Marine Matters:
1) We are a dedicated powerboat and motor cruiser Training Centre, which means all our skills are focused on what you need - excellence.
2) Our CPD programme ensures our Skippers/Instructors are always up to date with the latest developments and do not suffer skills drift and are always up to date with best practice.
3) Our boats are owned by us therefore they are equipped and maintained specifically for use by you.
Where is Marine Matters and how easy is it to get there?
Marine Matters practical motor cruising training is based at Swanwick Marina, and the shorebased facilities with offices, classroom and practical powerboat training are in Warsash. Both locations are within five minutes drive of the M27 and enjoy river views. Our practical training area is of course The Solent, which is ideal for training as well as charter, providing sheltered waters in a beautiful setting.
What boats do Marine Matters Training Centre use?
Marine Matters is the only Training Centre on The Hamble with their own Sealine F44 flybridge motor cruiser. Powerboat courses can be taken on our new 6.5m RIB with a 150hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engine.
Can I stay on board during the course?
Yes. We offer accommodation aboard our motor cruiser as part of our motor cruising training course package with bed linen, towels and food (except evening meals) provided at no extra cost to the client.
Will I get an International Certificate of Competence (ICC)?
On successful completion of the Day Skipper course or higher, the holder automatically qualifies for an ICC for vessels up to 24m in length. The holders of a Powerboat Level 2 certificate automatically qualify for an ICC for boats up to 10m in length.
What is an ICC?
The ICC was introduced when the EU required internationally recognisable photocard ID as proof of qualifications. The RYA administers this scheme in the UK.
Can I choose when the training occurs?
All dates for courses on our training centres boats are detailed on this website all these dates can be found on the individual course pages that can be accessed from our RYA Training Courses pages. If you choose you can book the whole boat for you and your friends. For courses as own boat tuition, you choose your own dates! We have the valued reputation of never letting customers down - but a little notice would be nice!
Can I be taught on my own boat?
Yes, Own Boat Training is very popular, enabling you to get to know your boat and train with friends and family. With Marine Matters this is also cost effective as, unlike many centres, we only charge a flat rate rather then a per head fee.
Are there minimum safety equipment requirements for own boat training?
Yes, but don't worry we provide all our Instructors with a safety bag that far exceeds the minimum requirements recommended by the RYA. Use our equipment on your course and take advice from your Instructor before purchasing - try before you buy!
Can I Bareboat charter boats from Marine Matters?
Yes. We encourage our RYA training clients to consider bareboat charter to consolidate skills learned during their training. Our 6.5m RIB and our 44' flybridge motor cruiser are available to you provided you have the minimum required RYA qualification, and the boats stay in The Solent and are in a marina overnight.
High Tide 01:25 (4.57m)
High Tide 03:41 (4.62m)
Low Tide 07:10 (0.40m)
High Tide 13:47 (4.44m)
High Tide 16:01 (4.53m)
Low Tide 19:29 (0.58m)
The tide times are adjusted for British Summer Time where applicable.
Wind Direction: E becoming SE
Max. Gust: 14kn becoming 12kn
Sea State: Slight