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MCA, RYA, STCW and Other Yacht & Maritime Training Programs and Exam Prep Courses in Southampton and Dumbarton in Scotland

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Located in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, Chieftain Training is a brand name used by two not-for-profit organizations, Southampton Boat Club Ltd. and STCW Ltd. Southampton Boat Club has existed informally for a couple of decades and was originally a small group of local sailors and power boaters. In 2018 the members formalized their group’s status into a Limited Company.

The Club organizes training courses for leisure boaters and those seeking work within the recreational boating industry. STCW Ltd is a training center and focuses on the provision of training for commercial seafarers.


Courses are run from four entirely separate venues, three centers are in the Southampton area (STCW Ltd at Willments Shipyard, Southampton Boat Club at Bitterne Park, and Fire Aid at Hythe) and are 5 to 25 minutes apart, the fourth center (Chieftain Training - Scotland) is in Dumbarton, Scotland.

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Certification & Training Programs




Yacht Deck Officer Training

Master 200 & OOW 500

  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • HELM (Operational)
  • MCA Master 200 & OOW 500 Oral Exam Preparation

Officer of the Watch (OOW) 3000

  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
  • OOW (Yacht) General Ships Knowledge (GSK)
  • HELM (Operational)
  • OOW 3000 Certificate of Competence Oral Exam Preparation

Chief Mate 3000

Master 500 or Master 3000

  • MCA Celestial Navigation Exam Preparation
  • MCA Master 500 Oral Exam Preparation
  • MCA Master 3000 Oral Exam Preparation

STCW 2010 Training

Safety & Survival Courses

  • RYA Sea Survival (classroom)
  • World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival (classroom)
  • World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Refresher (classroom)
  • RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities (online or bespoke 1:1 classroom)
  • RYA Safe & Fun (online or bespoke 1:1 classroom)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats
  • Ocean Rowers Navigation & Safety Training

Engineering & Maintenance Courses

  • RYA Diesel
  • Outboard Engine Maintenance
  • Yacht Rigging & Rope Splicing
  • 12 Volt Marine Electrics Level 1
  • 12 Volt Marine Electrics Level 2

RYA Navigation Training

  • RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA CEVNI Test
  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased

First Aid Courses

  • RYA First Aid
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Medical First Aid

Radio Courses

  • GMDSS Short Range Marine Radio (VHF)
  • Radar

RYA E Learning Courses

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Other Courses

  • HSE Emergency First Aid at Work
  • HSE First Aid at Work
  • HSE First Aid at Work Re-qualifier
  • CT Outdoor First Aid
  • Train the Trainer