The 2-year Boatmaster Level 3 Apprenticeship covers a wide range of commercial activity on inland tidal and non-tidal waterways in the UK. Boatmasters often navigate vessels through busy and highly challenging waterways. Career opportunities are extensive – for instance, a Boatmaster could be the captain of a single vessel passenger boat or could be working for a large freight operator, responsible for safely moving freight up the river to a port.
This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of commercial activity on inland tidal and non-tidal waterways and limited distances to sea. Career opportunities are extensive – for instance, a Boatmaster could be the captain of a passenger boat or working for a towage company, responsible for safely moving large vessels up the river to a port.
Currently, we programme the training to take place over one and two-week segments over 24 months. The training includes over 20 nationally recognised industry qualifications, STCW Basic Training, practical boat handling courses whilst also incorporating the SQA Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea. More details are shown below.
This Apprenticeship provides full training as a Boatmaster. Apprentices must also obtain a Boat Master licence from the Maritime Coastguard Agency to lawfully operate and are prepped for this level by the Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship covers the highest level Boatmaster level Tier 1 Level 2 for inland waters. Apprentices will also gain a commercial skippers licence for vessels up to 20 miles to sea from a safe haven.
This programme is designed to incorporate all aspects of the new Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard and additional RYA/MCA qualifications over two years. Timings may alter slightly, due to weather conditions for practical aspects of the course and employer work schedules.