The Bristol Maritime Academy

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The Bristol Maritime Academy is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre operated by a highly experienced and dedicated team. We work closely with all of our clients and assist them in becoming well-trained and skilled operators, be they marine professionals or leisure enthusiasts.

The Bristol Maritime Academy is the only RYA coastal training centre based in the Bristol Harbour, providing you with the perfect training location, whether you need inland, river or coastal courses.

Quality of safety, training, staff and equipment are key to our packages and our flexibility ensures that customers always receive the highest quality training that they are looking for.

Superyacht Training

We offer Bespoke Crew Training delivered globally to Superyachts including marine and watersports training to meet with owners, captains and management companies needs. We also offer a full RYA Personal Watercraft (Jet-ski) Instructor training service at your location including all documentation and support.

STCW Training

We are now offering the STCW95/2010 training package as part of our Superyacht Crew Training. Working on a super yacht is an exciting career option, leading to travel and adventure opportunities worldwide. The STCW95/2010 training packages to work on a commercial vessel, which includes all of the essential codes of conduct. Key skills such as Sea Survival, Fire Fighting and Ship Security are taught giving you the necessary skills and qualifications to kickstart your career in this prestigious industry. 

STCW Training Centers

The Bristol Maritime Academy have their training center located in Bristol, United Kingdom.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Mark


    Average rating: 2 weeks ago

    I did a powerboat course through Bristol Maritime Academy. The instructor, Dan, was incredibly patient, knowledgable and enthusiastic about boating. Very professionally run company. I would highly recommend to anyone.

  • Anton


    Average rating: in the last week

    Completed my Powerboat Level 2 course with Bristol Maritime Academy which they run from Portishead Marina and would highly recommend it. Absolutely amazing experience. Jordan is a top class instructor and knows his stuff! Thanks Jordan and BMA, I'll be back to do my PB Advanced once I've got some more experience!

  • Richard Dennys

    Richard Dennys

    Average rating: 6 months ago

    I've just completed and passed my Powerboat 2 plus VHF RYA courses and successfully applied for my ICC (

  • Samantha Woodward

    Samantha Woodward

    Average rating: a year ago

    Great set up here in the heart of Bristol.
    I managed to park right at the harbour office for free so that's great.
    Lucky for our small group of 3 we had great weather on both days.
    Jordan, our instructor was very calm and relaxing to be with and did not hesitate to go over each thing if you didn't get it right first time. An asset to the business!
    The boats were clean and well maintained and all the correct gear provided for us.
    I did my power boat level 2 and will get my ICC from this as well.
    Highly recommended

  • Jack


    Average rating: 2 years ago

    The receptionist was absolutely useless and non helpful. Seeing as the is a training establishment doesn't fill me with much confidence. Don't know if I was just unlikely but the simplest of tasks seemed impossible

  • Johnny Martin

    Johnny Martin

    Average rating: March 5, 2019

    Excellent training - I did the VHF course. I wouldn't hesitate to use again or recommend.

  • David Talbot

    David Talbot

    Average rating: January 27, 2018

    A great little training centre in a fantastic location. Friendly, welcoming staff and very knowledgable instructors who made what could have been a pretty dry couple of days safety and survival training fun.

  • Glen Travers

    Glen Travers

    Average rating: September 18, 2017

    Completed my Powerboat level 2 course and had a fantastic time, whilst learning lots of new skills. The instructors were great and all the equipment and boats were brilliant for what we needed. I would highly recommend both the course and Bristol Maritime Academy.

  • dave brook

    dave brook

    Average rating: July 29, 2017

    Amazing instructors, quality equipment and a fantastic experience completing the Level 2 Powerboat handlers course

  • Andy Lee

    Andy Lee

    Average rating: March 5, 2017

    This weekend just completed the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course at Bristol Maritime Academy. Excellent Venue using both Bristol Floating Dock Area (protected area) and then the Bristol Channel (not so protected!!!! - including today's, rain, hail stones and very high winds!).
    2 Boats provided opportunity to swap boats, different sizes and different handling needed; course was well structured with classroom work, but a lot of water time.
    Chief Instructor Lilly is quite simply exceptional; excellent training style, provides really clear instruction, very supportive, firm hand when needed!, all with an energetic, bubbly personality.
    Instructor Charlie very good, good presentational skills, very confident and competent; patient and guidance as required.
    Used many RYA Training Schools in last 5 years for Sailing, Dinghy Training and now Powerboat - would really recommend Bristol Maritime Academy - I will certainly be back for more. Andy

  • Julian Zadarnowski

    Julian Zadarnowski

    Average rating: September 27, 2016

    Excellent 2 days on the water on the RYA L2 Powerboat course. Professional but relaxed style covering theory in the class room but mainly in closed water and then down the Avon to the Bristol Channel. Can highly recommend Bristol Maritime and will use them again

  • Iain Forster

    Iain Forster

    Average rating: September 12, 2016

    I recently completed an Offshore Powerboat Level II course with Bristol Maritime Academy. All the staff were very welcoming, the course was well structured and the instruction could not be faulted. A very professional, yet relaxed environment to complete the course. A very enjoyable course!

  • Stephen Martin

    Stephen Martin

    Average rating: August 15, 2016

    Fantastic place to do your level two powerboat training. Knowledgeable instructors who make it fun to learn, and a location that would be hard to better; harbour for slow boat manoeuvres and the Bristol Channel for higher speed turns and wave technique. Feel very confident about taking a speed boat out now. Thanks guys.

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