Select from the dates below for our Introduction to USV Operation course. Future dates are scheduled and can be inquired about by contacting our office. For specific requests or module inquiries, please reach out to us.

This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for the operation of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) within inland waterways and limited coastal areas. The program is tailored for skippers and mates of manned small commercial vessels, as well as owners, operators, and harbour authorities.

The curriculum will cover both the practical aspects of USV control and the theoretical knowledge necessary to understand the regulatory frameworks governing these vessels. Completion of this training will equip participants with a solid understanding of USV functionality, operational competencies, and limitations, enhancing their qualifications for roles in modern maritime operations.

The aim of this two-day course is to transition the skill set of maritime professionals from traditional vessel operation to the emerging field of USV technology. It focuses on enabling participants to handle USVs with the same confidence and safety awareness as they would with manned vessels. The course also seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the working conditions and requirements associated with USV operations, promoting a safe and efficient working environment.

Plymouth Dates


Course Date Duration Price
Introduction to USV Operation 16 Jul - 17 Jul 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 18 Jul - 19 Jul 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 27 Aug - 28 Aug 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 29 Aug - 30 Aug 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 12 Sep - 13 Sep 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 24 Oct - 25 Oct 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now
Introduction to USV Operation 7 Nov - 8 Nov 2024 2 day £ 500.00 Book Now

Price Plymouth: £500
Teaching Ratio: 4:1
Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should have experience in navigating small vessels, basic knowledge of ColRegs and buoyage, and hold a level of certification that permits operation in Area Category of Operation 6 or above.
Duration: 2 Days


Upon successfully completing the “Introduction to USV Operation” course, participants will be awarded a certificate from SeaRegs Training. This certificate validates that the individual has undergone training that meets the operational standards for remote handling of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It confirms proficiency in the practical use and understanding of USVs within inland waterways and limited coastal areas, in line with the centre’s accreditation.


Full Training Material:
Participants will receive a comprehensive course notes booklet to supplement the hands-on training received.

Meals and Refreshments:
For the duration of the course, lunch and refreshments will be provided on each full day of training.

Course Content:

  • Comprehensive overview of the rules and regulations governing USV operations.
  • Hands-on experience with USV control via remote systems, focusing on practical skills such as close-quarters handling and route monitoring.
  • Developing skills to maintain awareness both in line-of-sight and when operating via cameras remotely.
  • Manoeuvring and operating a HydroSurv REAV-28 USV with Robosys software in scenarios such as surveying, search and rescue, or scientific research.
  • Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate recognising their ability to operate small USVs in a harbour or limited coastal area.

Courses are non-residential, so accommodation is required in one of the many hotels or guest houses near the Centre. We can provide a list of recommendations.