At Stormforce Coaching, we run a series of one-day maintenance courses, each designed to help boat owners and skippers become more self reliant, both on and off the water.
Some people choose to string all of the courses together into a "Maintenance Week", in order to top up their skills in one go; others find a short 1-day course enough to achieve what they are hoping for.
All of our short maintenance courses take place at our Training Centre at Shamrock Quay marina in Southampton, making use of our well stocked workshop and are taught by experienced instructors.
Maintenance courses are crucial for helping to keep boaters safe and independent. According to the RNLI, the most common reason for their call outs is machinery failure. If more boaters had a better understanding of how the engine works, many break downs at sea could be avoided. We think it important that boat owners and users are able to carry out regular checks and routine maintenance, identify faults and make adjustments themselves. Simple knowledge and skills could not just save you money, but also prevent an accident or break down and potentially save your life.
The maintenance courses at Stormforce Coaching may be shorebased, but they are still practical, hands on courses. We have several training engines in our workshop used as training aids.
In addition to the Diesel and Outboard Engine courses which focus on engine maintenance, we also run specialist courses in areas such as Yacht Rigging and Marine Electrics. Learning how to set up and maintain your rigging and winches, as well as being able to look after your electrical systems and solve problems that occur both in port and at sea can go a long way to making you more self-reliant and in helping you to stay safe.
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