Hi and welcome to our page which we have put together for clients who have attended our courses.  It gives information on subjects we have discussed on courses and links to boating resources.

Please let us know if any of the links need adjustment or if you require any further information and do check any links lead to current information!  Suggestions always welcome.

A separate tab gives links to business and shopping as this page is focussed on learning resources.

Practical Courses:

Weather (remember to make sure page is updated and location) 

Met Office Inshore Waters  – Inshore Waters Forecast

Windguru – Windguru (You may need to click on search spots for data to appear)

Windy – Windy Poole

XC Weather – Poole XC Weather Forecast

Beaufort Scale – RYA Measuring the Wind – Beaufort Scale or an informal visual version – Beaufort Scale including MPH

Live Weather – Weatherfile – Parkstone Platform

BrambleMet (weather buoy in the central solent)  BrambleMet Live weather data

Tides (remember to check if BST & Location in Harbour):

Easytide  Poole Tide Times

BBC  Poole Tide Times

BrambleMet (historical tidal levels)  BrambleMet Real Tide data

Tidetech  Tidetech global currents

Forms and resources:

ICC Form – How to apply for an International Certificate of Competence – Please complete the form obtained via this link ICC Form and then send it to the RYA.  We would generally suggest you join as an RYA member on the form as that will give you the additional RYA membership benefits as well and the ICC is then in effect free to RYA members.  If you have completed a Level 2 Certificate and do not intend to boat on European Inland Waterways you will not normally need to complete sections 5 and 6.

Passage Planning –  The RYA SafeTrx app monitors your boat journeys and alerts emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time (Please note this has replaced the ‘old’ CG66 scheme)   RYA Safetrx

Navigation – Navionics App for Phones – Don’t forget you must use in conjunction with other methods of navigation too!  Navionics

Choosing a Lifejacket – RNLI Guide to Lifejackets

Registering your marine radio – OFCOM Ships Radio License

RYA Powerboat Checklist – Equipment for UK Pleasure Vessels  – Checklist (If you’d like a copy of the RYA checklist for centre boats please contact us)

RNLI Engine Check Cards Outboard Checks   Inboards and Outdrives

RNLI Guide to VHF for beginners – VHF Radio Guide

RYA Safety Advisory Notice Safety Advisory Notice (For previous issues including information on cold water shock scroll to bottom of the page in the link)

RYA Information on Cold Water Shock – RYA Cold Water Shock

Animated Knots (Bowline, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Round Turn & 2 Half Hitches) Knots

Caring for your lifejacket – Caring for your lifejacket

RYA Guides and Tips on Boat Handling:

Anchoring –  Tips on Anchoring from the RYA

Planing Speed – RYA Tips – Travelling at Speed and RYA Tips – On another plane

Prop Walk and Rudders – RYA Tips -Rudders and Propwalk

Pivot Points, Windage and Slide – RYA Tips – Pivot Point, Windage and Slide 

Mooring – RYA Tips – Mooring in a Marina and Turning on a Warp


Breakdown Cover for Own Boats – Seastart    Sea Start (Please advise them we referred you)

RYA Membership – Membership Information

National Coastwatch Institution – Channel 65    NCI

Poole Harbour Commissioners – Local Notices to Mariners LNTMs

Poole Harbour Commissioners –   Harbour Byelaws

BCP Council – Bridge Information Bridge Lifting Times

PHC – Poole Harbour Dues


If you’re looking to kit out a boat please contact us as we have access to wholesalers/marine suppliers to supply quotes.

If you’re looking for presents/individual items then our local chandleries are: (in alphabetical order)

CQ Chandlers, Cobbs Quay –  CQ Chandlers

Force 4 Chandlers, Poole (Bournemouth Rd & Poole Quay) – Force 4 – Poole Quay

Quay West Chandlers, Parkstone YC – Quay West

Salterns Chandlery, Salterns Marina (Speak to Dave Nunn) – Salterns Chandlery

Bournemouth Canoes (clothing and canoes) – Bournemouth Canoes

Useful Videos:

We have a number of videos on our YouTube channel which illustrate how to complete various manoeuvers in a power or motor boat, along with reminders as to engine checks and other useful information. Whilst there are many videos available on the internet these are videos demonstrating best practice.  These are issued by either the RYA or demonstrated by an RYA Examiner.

Dorset Marine Training YouTube Channel

Commercial Skippers:

(Many of these documents are updated regularly. Please check before use and let us know if you spot an out of date link!)

MGN 280 – MGN 280

Small Passenger Craft, High Speed Experience Rides Guidance – High Speed Experience Ride Guidance

RYA Code of Practice for Safe Water Sports Operations – Voluntary Code of Practice for Watersports in the Superyacht Industry