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Exploring Maritime Skills Certificate

There’s nothing quite like being out on the water. Whether you fancy yourself as a yacht skipper, a marine engineer or a boat builder, this is the course that’s going to introduce you to the marine sector and help you get there. The Exploring Maritime Skills course is the perfect introduction to the marine sector, enabling you to identify the areas that interest you most in this dynamic industry. You’ll gain both practical experience and theoretical knowledge, as you find out the areas that interest you most in the marine sector.

You will be assessed by practical tasks, delivered both on and off water, using a range of vessels and equipment in our fantastic workshop based on the banks of the River Dart within a fully operational boatyard at the College’s South Devon Marine Academy.

Upon completion, you could progress to either of our Level 2 qualifications, to refine your skills and knowledge. At Level 2, we offer courses that focus on: boatbuilding; marinas and boatyards; and marine engineering. Don’t worry – if you’re not sure what pathway you’d like to take, our team of tutors and support staff will help you find the right course so you can get your dream job out on the water.

We are a member of British Marine and a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre, so you’ll also get plenty of opportunities to complete professional qualifications alongside your course. These include RYA VHF Certificate; RYA First Aid Certificate; and RYA Powerboat Level 1.

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What will I learn?

“My goal is to become a marine engineer, and my course has improved my career prospects as well as providing many memorable experiences. I've driven a powerboat and worked on the engine of Aspiration, the College’s 38ft yacht, amongst many others; all great experience for employment.”  Leanne Cole

Newton Abbot Campus – Hair and Beauty Skills Centre

This course is available at our Newton Abbot Campus at our on-site salon. It is also home to the Brow and Nail Bar where you can book in for nail treatments.

Pearl Assurance House,
Courtenay Street,
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2AD

South Devon Marine Academy

This course is available at our Marine Academy, on the edge of the picturesque River Dart.

Premier Marinas,
Bridge Road,

Have you considered...

We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

Level 2 Boatbuilding Maintenance Certificate

Level 2 Marine Engineering Certificate

Student Life

Life at South Devon College is about being treated like an adult and benefiting from small class sizes. We pride ourselves in offering outstanding support in state of the art facilities.

Parent Information

Did you know that 98% of our students would recommend South Devon College to a friend? We’re here to help support you and your young person throughout their time at College.

Student Support

We offer a supportive learning environment for all students including free or discounted travel options, financial support, an exclusive Job Shop service enabling you to find part time jobs while you study, personalised learning programmes and careers advice.