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Certificate in Pleasure Vessel Surveying

An online course to bring sufficient knowledge and understanding of the regulatory and technical aspects of leisure vessels

Starts 11 January 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

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Course overview

Are you in need of some guidance when it comes to choosing and performing surveys for small pleasure vessels such as; RIBS, GRP/Wooden/Steel/Aluminium (Sail and Motor) vessels?

This 12 week online course, created and taught by an expert in the field, can help you. It focusses on pleasure vessels as a distinct vessel category allowing surveyors to specialise or owners to do their own pre-purchase or maintenance inspection.

When: 11 November 2020
Where: Delivered online with the support of leading industry experts
Duration: 12 weeks
Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate

Ideal for: non-commercial clients, private boat owners and boat builders.


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 Why is this course relevant?

Surveying of pleasure vessels is distinct from surveying of commercial vessels, as the statutory and non statutory requirements vary between the two. The most visible is the fact that commercial vessels are regulated by national laws. For example, the MCA Small craft codes. For larger craft we have to apply the likes of SOLAS, LSA Code and Marpol.

For leisure craft, as far as SOLAS is concerned, only chapter V applies. Then things become less clear.  In the UK, inland waterways vessels may need to comply with the Boat Safety Scheme (Environment Agency), but not always. Many leisure vessels have no statutory control imposed on them at all but other must comply with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

Surveys of leisure craft tend to be more condition and fitness for purpose type surveys. These can then be applied to insurance surveys (to obtain an insurance policy for the boat), pre-purchase surveys and safety surveys. This means that the surveyor must determine the scope of survey, rather than be provided by the scope by a statutory body (as is the case for commercial vessels).

The surveyor on a leisure vessel must use his/her own judgement on many matters. On commercial vessels this is less difficult as the statutory bodies will set acceptance criteria. So the leisure craft surveyor takes more responsibility in this regard and must be knowledgeable of the subject to do so.

This course will give you the sufficient knowledge and understanding of the regulatory and technical aspects of leisure vessels so you are confident to fulfil your particular surveying needs.

100% Online - Learn from wherever you are!

At Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, lifelong learning is a concept that we’re passionate about and for this reason, we make it as accessible and flexible for our students.

Online learning puts you in control of your learning – especially suitable for all of us in the maritime industry where we often spend time away from home. With our courses you are free to study when, where and how you choose, and in the style and the speed that is right for you. Early morning, in a work break, late at night - it is entirely up to you so you can fit your education around your work and/or family commitments.

So what’s stopping you? Get in touch today and find out how we can help provide you with a timely career boost.

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