Under the updated MCA Boatmaster Licence qualification published in early 2015 there are now 4 levels of Boatmaster laid out in MGN 1853 (M)
The MCA Boatmaster Licence structure is a two-tiered system based on the same overall competency standards.  Please note though the level of training and validation is  higher for Tier 1 BMLs to reflect the wider scope of conditions under which a holder may operate. UK BMCs are dealt with later on in the MGN 1853 (M) notice
Generic BMLs
Tier 1 Level 2 (T1L2) 
The National Licence valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s inland waterways (Categories A-D) and limited coastal areas, except where local knowledge requirements apply.
Tier 1 Level 1 (T1L1)
The National Licence valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s non-tidal waters (Category A, B and non-linked C), except where local knowledge requirements apply
Specific BMLs
Tier 2 Level 2 (T2L2)
Restricted licence valid for specified areas of category A – D waters and a limited coastal area.  (This licence is not valid for the Thames below Teddington)
Tier 2 Level 1 (T2L1)
Restricted licence valid for all Category A canals and (i) specified areas of Category A and/or B waters; or (ii) specified areas of non-linked category C Waters.

All candidates are examined both orally and practically by a MCA surveyor/examiner. The practical exam is recommended to be taken on board a similar vessel of operation. If you wish us to book your oral exam please contact Lesley at the office and she will take the necessary details down for you. There is normally between 4 – 6 weeks wait for the MCA Examiners

Our instructor who delivers these holds the MCA Boatmaster Licence T1L2 with passenger endorsement for up to 250 passengers. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and you will be in the right hands to attain your qualification. We have a 100% pass mark for which we are extremely proud of.

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18 years old
See the MSN 1853 (m) is the current notice for all relevant underpinning knowledge and qualifications 
As per MSN 1853 (m).

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Courses taken on the water are carried out on board our 6.5 meter RIB and our 45′ Nelson. The RIB is suitable for all levels of students and has a 130hp Honda. Our Nelson has two twin Sabre’s

Shorebased courses are held either in our classroom or in hotel facilities depending on the numbers attending the course.

Times 09.00 – 17.00 hrs with  a break for lunch and morning &  afternoon refreshments.

Waterproof clothing is available should students not have their own. Life jackets are supplied on all courses, however, if students wish to bring their own then they are more than welcome.  They will be checked by your instructor prior to going out.

There are shower and toilet facilities on site with disabled access as well. It is recommended you bring with you a warm set of dry clothes to change into, in case of inclement weather. Sun cream hat and gloves are also a must, windburn and sunburn can be sore if preventive measures are not taken.

Included in the courses we run are the following:

  • Course books / packs
  • Certificates
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Instructor
  • Fuel
  • Berthing fees
  • Vat @ 20%

Our course dates are set throughout the year however, we understand that these may not suit your own schedules for work and family life.  We are happy to work with you to provide other suitable dates

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