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MCA, RLSS, and RYA Approved Inland & Leisure Waterways Training Courses in Gailey, Staffordshire

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Located at Staffordshire UK, Birmingham & Midland Marine Services provides commercial marine training through Gailey Wharf Training Centre for personnel working on, above, or near the water with a broad portfolio of specialist inland marine courses for Helmsmen and BoatMasters. Programs are available for both Skippers & Crew and also to the construction, civil engineering, rail, utilities, events, maintenance, environmental, emergency services, military, expedition and education sectors, where personnel may be working around our inland waterways, canals, rivers, reservoirs and lakes, where an element of risk from the water has been flagged up on a risk assessment.

Courses are available from the relevant National Governing Bodies including - MCA, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), RYA, Inland Waterways Association (IWA), National Community Boats Association with Wharf Training and, Rescue 3 Europe in conjunction with Gwyndwr Training. The company also provides rescue boats, work boats, floating access solutions, vessel procurement services, as well as commercial vessel storage ashore.


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Training Programs




MCA BoatMaster Training

  • MCA BoatMaster Ancillary Water Safety & Personal Survival (Restricted)
  • MCA BoatMaster Ancillary Boat Fire Safety (Restricted)
  • MCA Tier 2 Task Record Book Completion Course
  • The above courses need to be undertaken along with your underpinning knowledge of MCA regulations prior to sitting a BoatMaster’s exam. An accepted First Aid course such as the RYA First Aid qualification is also a requirement. Qualifying services time, recorded in your ‘Work Record Book’ is also needed to progress to BoatMaster.

RYA & Inland Water Training

  • RYA Inland Waters Helmsman Certificate IWHC (2 days): The RYA IWHC is the basic license required to work on the canal system, the one your insurer will be looking at as a bare minimum if you were to buy a boat, the one you take so not to look like a complete novice on your holiday.
  • RYA First Aid Certificate (1 day): course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
  • RYA VHF Radio (DSC): Through training partners.
  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Practical Assessment (Inland)
  • Powerboat Handling Level 2 (2 days): This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). It is also one of the two prerequisites for the Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operators course, certified by Outreach Rescue.
  • Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operator (2 or 3 days): The ‘Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operator’ course is ideal for companies and organizations providing rescue vessels, whose operators will be working in daylight hours, predominantly in ‘land-locked’ Counties in particular those with a high density of navigable waterways.

Occupational Water Safety & Rescue Training

  • Outreach Rescue Water Safety / Rescue Awareness (1 day): The Outreach Rescue ‘Water Safety / Rescue Awareness’, one-day course complies with the DEFRA ‘Flood Rescue Concept of Operations’ scheme (November 2019 revision) at DEFRA Module / Level 1) Water Awareness. Covers open water, still water, rivers, lifejacket-user, co-worker rescues amongst other highly practical skills for personnel working on, near or above the water.
  • Outreach Rescue Water Safety / Rescue First Responder (1 day): The Outreach Rescue ‘Water Rescue First Responder’, one-day course complies with the DEFRA ‘Flood Rescue Concept of Operations’ scheme at DEFRA Module / Level 2).
  • Royal Life Saving Society National Water Safety Management Program (1 or 2 days): Helping employers comply with the statutory requirements - Personnel working water’s edge where a risk assessment details the chance of an accidental immersion.

LAST UPDATED ON Dec 15, 2020