To book on one of our upcoming Boatmaster Prep Courses (we run them in conjunction with Master 200 prep but if you would like the training materials, please contact the office), click on the link below. We do have future dates available, if you have any queries or questions please contact us. 

We provide both practical and oral preparation courses for the BML examinations. Training can be tailored for individuals, small groups or companies and there are several training options available. 

For companies with a number of employees to qualify as Boatmasters we are able to design a package to suit their needs. In addition to the generic syllabus for the underpinning knowledge, we can provide training for some Endorsements.

Training takes place primarily in Plymouth, some elements can be taught from our London base or in a training room at the Company’s location.


Boatmaster Prep – 5 Days

Plymouth Price: £800 (£900 inc training materials)
London Price: £960 (£1060 inc training materials)

For seasoned seafarers who already have an RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence or have been working on an exemption but are maybe a little rusty or dated by the syllabus, we offer a 5 day pre-oral exam prep course to assist in filling knowledge gaps between small craft commercial certificates and those required by the Boatmaster syllabus. The course is combined with our Master 200 prep weeks. If you would like to include the 2 volumes of specific training materials covering Annex 10 of MSN 1853, there is an addition charge of £100.  

Plymouth Dates


Course Date Duration Price
MCA Master 200 Prep 10 May - 14 May 2021 5 day £ 800.00 Book Now
ECDIS Generic (IMO 1.27) 24 May - 28 May 2021 5 day £ 950.00 Sold Out
MCA Master 200 Prep 14 Jun - 18 Jun 2021 5 day £ 800.00 Sold Out

London Dates

For all London courses, please see our London Course Dates page



Online Boatmaster Mock Oral or Prep (2 or 4hr sessions)

This is a highly effective way to cram particular subjects or general subject areas. We us Skype or Zoom, so you will need an internet connection. The system we use is fully interactive and previous students have given very positive feedback. 

The system is fully tailored to subject areas that you would like to work on or we cover a mock oral examination. As the training is tailored to your exact needs, a lot of ground can be covered quite quickly, or we can spend more time on particular subject areas that you require.

2 Hours: £80
4 Hours: £155
8 x 2 Hour Sessions: £550


Practical Preparation – £450pd

We offer a day or more afloat to fine tune boat handling practises and safety procedures. Prices depend on the vessel but start at £450pd 

Apprenticeship Training – MSQ Units 

The MSQ units below lead to the Scottish Qualification Authority Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: river, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea; which formed the basis of Apprenticeship Training up to 2019. From the Autumn of 2019, a new Apprenticeship Standard will be available which includes the MSQ unit an additional training.  

SeaRegs Training works in partnership with Eastleigh College to deliver Apprenticeship training. 

STCW Fire Fighting STCW Survival STCW First Aid 
Mooring and unmooring  Rope work and safe access Emergency procedures 
Safe working  Manoeuvring  Emergency manoeuvres
Maintenance  Anchoring Bridge watch keeping
Meteorology  Navigation  Ship knowledge & construction
Radar Engineering (MCA AEC)   


Under the updated BML qualification published in early 2015 there are now 4 levels of Boatmaster.

Tier 1 Level 2
National License valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s inland waterways (Category A-D) and limited coastal areas, except where local knowledge requirements apply. 
Qualifying Service Time: min 24 months 

Tier 1 Level 1
National Licence valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s non-tidal water (Category A, B and non-linked C), except where local knowledge requirements apply. 
Qualifying Service Time: min 12 months

Tier 2 Level 2 
Restricted license valid for specific areas of category A to D waters and a limited coastal area. This license is not available for the Thames below Teddington.
Qualifying Service Time:
40 days in min 6 months 

Tier 2 Level 1 
Restricted licence valid for all Category A canals and (i) specified areas of Category A and/or B waters; or (ii) specifies areas of non-links category C waters. 
Qualifying Service Time: 40 days in min 6 months 

All masters operating commercially in UK waters are requires to be suitably qualified. Vessels operating on ‘Inland’ waters or as defined by the MCA as categorised and limited coastal areas must have masters qualified under the BML Regulations or equivalent.

The BML Regulations apply to masters operating on Category A-D waters and limited coastal areas. Limited Coastal Area is defined as “no more than 5 miles from land and 15 miles from a point of departure”.

Information on categorised waters can be found in Msn 1837 ‘Categorisation of Waters’.

Commercial vessels under 24 metres and carrying less than 12 passengers operating in categorised waters, under the Small Commercial Vessel Code can be operated by masters holding appropriate certificates under that code. 

To qualify for a BML you need the following:

  • an application form MSF 4364
  • First Aid, Survival and Fire Fighting certifiction
  • a medical certificate ML5 or ENG1
  • a completed Task Record Book MSF 4367
  • work record or evidence of time served MSF 4366
  • meet minimum age requirements

Once you application has been assessed by the MCA, your local Marine Offie will contact you to set a date for:

-an oral assessment on underpinning knowledge unless you have evidence of completing of the MSQ units
-a practical boat handling assessment 

There is a published syllabus of underpinning knowledge, the Maritime Skills Alliance have worked with the MCA to produce MSQ units covering the syllabus. The underpinning knowledge syllabus is tested by the MCA during an oral examination or it may be assessed by completing the MSQ units. 

We hope that you can find the information you require on these pages, if you have any further questions, or require advice, please call us.