Gain Marine Industry Qualifications

Marine Education

For those wishing to gain some extra qualifications to begin their career in the marine industry or want the exciting opportunity to live and learn in another country, training packages are available.


The Bristol Maritime Academy are proud to present unique courses offering outdoor enthusiasts a direct route to university or employment in the outdoor and watersports industry. This is an alternative route in education for those aged 16+ wishing to gain formal qualifications in water based activities.

Our courses are fully OFSTED and once completing the course you would be equipped with a BTEC Level 3 in “Water based Management” giving you the skills for your next step in education or employment in the marine industry.

The Bristol Maritime Academy will offer both hands-on and theory based training at our HQ in Bristol and this provides students with practical, real-world skills for working in the marine industry for candidates from a range of ages & abilities. BTECs give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

The BTEC Level 3 Water Based Management Sport is a 2 year full time course carried out during term time over two days per week, and upon completion the students receive a qualification that is tailored to the career path that they wish to pursue and equivalent to 3 standard A-Levels which would potentially have no practical connection to the marine industry.

The Bristol Maritime Academy is dedicated to equipping students with the necessary skills and experience to start their journey towards university or employment and through these qualifications the opportunity to work in a global exciting market.

Entry Requirements

Ages 16+
At least five A*-C grade GCSEs or have completed a BTEC Level 2
No previous watersports experience required
Passion for watersports and outdoor adventure


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Industrial Working Course

The Industrial working near water & Safety boat course is a complete package for companies and organisations whose staff work from boats covering safety and accessing Britain’s waterways.

This 5 day course would meet with environmental agencies contractor criteria as well as national governing body standards and upon completion the candidates would receive a RYA Powerboat Level Two certificate after completing 2 days of bespoke training with specific elements related to the job role.

They would also receive their Defra compliant module 1 working near water course meeting the environmental agencies working criteria and a Health & Safety Executive Compliant First Aid certificate. This is ideal for the outdoor lone worker and which deals with working in isolation whilst working in the outdoor environment.

Delivered by our sister company Blueprint Water Safety with professionals in the access and water safety industry, Blueprint Water Safety have been providing high quality training for blue-chip companies and organisations for staff working in and around Britain’s water ways.

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Summer Camp

Do you love the outdoors and want to try something a bit different this summer? Join the Bristol Maritime Academy, in collaboration with SUP Bristol and Castaway Canals, for a week of learning and fun on the Bristol water.

This 5 day Summer Camp for 12-16 year olds will give you the opportunity to learn and gain qualifications in 3 exciting activities; Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Competent Crew and Powerboating! Try something new every day, having fun as you learn new skills, make new friends and build confidence!

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