RYA 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 a bit of theory but the majority of the course is hands-on, so bring your overalls!
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.
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. The Diesel Engine 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.
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"I just wanted to say how good the course was yesterday... it really was a masterclass on how to put on a great educational event!" - Nick
"Thanks for an absolutely fantastic course, worth the wait for sure." - Gemma
"I'd just like to thank you for yet another brilliant, easy to assimilate course yesterday." - Ian
"Thanks for another brilliant course yesterday - much appreciated. The hands on approach helps a lot." - Phillip
"I wanted to say thank you for the course yesterday, it was really enjoyable and very useful learning. I loved the engine in the trailer; to get a real ‘hands on’ experience like that consolidates the learning and gives confidence. I enjoyed all the demos, charts and slides you used in the classroom too." - Helen
"Just to say how much I enjoyed the course on Saturday. The 'Hands on sessions were great! It has really de-mystified how marine Diesel engines operate and the basics of looking after them!" - Eddie
"Excellent, thank you and fun too! Increased my confidence."