Diesel Engine

Become an engine whisperer!

Sailors checking our diesel engine

"Really excellent course, worth every penny. Lots of hands-on opportunity using a real working diesel engine"

This is a fun, relaxed course. No prior experience is required. John explains how a diesel engine works and shows you how to diagnose and fix common problems. There's some theory in the classroom but the majority of the course is hands-on, working outside on a running marine engine. So bring your overalls and warm clothes! 

If you're taking the Yachtmaster practical exam, the examiner will expect

some of this basic knowledge.

The majority of RNLI callouts to small boats are due to engine failure. Many of these are preventable or easily fixed at sea with just a little bit of know-how. 

"It appears to be complicated but actually it's quite simple when you're shown how" said Jan, a complete beginner.

Volvo Penta Diesel Engine

With modern car engines we tend to leave it to a trained mechanic to fix things. So most of us haven't grown up dabbling under the bonnet. This course shows you how all the parts work and what to do when they don't! You'll carry out a routine engine service too. 

"These things have happened to us when we've been out at sea!" said Amanda from Macclesfield. "If we'd known then what we've learnt today we wouldn't have had to call for help from the RNLI".

You'll be working on a real running engine in an outside garage. So we schedule the course in the early and late summer when it's not too cold. This course is also suitable for canal boaters.

"Brilliant course and excellent instructor!"

The course covers the following topics:

  • How a Diesel engine works
  • Fault Finding
  • Fixing common faults
  • Bleeding air from the fuel system
  • Changing the impeller
  • Routine maintenance
  • Winter lay-up

Remember, you don't need to know anything about engines to take this course. Experience working on a real, running, single cylinder Volvo Penta marine diesel engine.

The cost includes the certificate and RYA Diesel Course booklet.

Private Diesel Engine Course

Contact us to arrange a Diesel Engine course, here or at other suitable venues in Lancashire & the North West. Individual coaching is also available on your own boat.

Date Time Places left
26th October 2024 0930 5

Course joining instructions

Location: Morecambe, unless otherwise stated.

Included in the course fee: Course pack, course completion certificate, refreshments.

Duration: 8 hours.

Student to instructor ratio 6:1