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Pre Course Information

Information for all courses


What to expect…

Being on the water in a power driven craft is an exciting and challenging pastime. The prime aim of our Motor Cruising and Powerboat courses at whatever level is to enhance your enjoyment, safety and education. Whether you are new to boating or more experienced your instructor will take time to find out what you expect from the course and endeavour to meet those expectations.

With the exception of Helmsman all our Motor Cruising courses (and Advanced Powerboat) have a certain amount of night hours, therefore finishing times vary dependant on the season.


The following courses have RYA central registration and require a passport size photo for your certification. RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Advanced Powerboat, RYA Day Skipper Motor, RYA Coastal Skipper, RYA Yachtmaster, RYA VHF SRC (Radio Course). You must bring a photo with you to complete your certification.


We recommend you bring with you waterproofs (although we can lend these), warm clothing ie. thin thermal layers, fleece, gloves, hat as well as sunglasses and sunblock. Clothes that are quick drying are preferable to jeans. Footwear is important so deck shoes or non-slip trainers with non marking soles. Basically come prepared for the British climate!

Food and drink…

On Motor Cruising courses the fees include lunches and refreshments but not evening meals. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know. However within the confines of a vessel at sea we will do our best to cater for allergies/intolerences vegetarians etc. For obvious reasons there is a strict no alcohol policy at sea.
For Powerboat courses, Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided in the classroom but lunch is not. There are several good local places, or bring a packed lunch.


Book a room online at Harpers Steakhouse (286 Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick, SO31 7EB which is right next door to our office, via www.charmingbedrooms.co.uk  using Promo Booking Code MendezM10 – and you will receive a 10% discount on your room.


Your personal safety is of paramount importance to us. You will receive a full safety brief before all courses, so please always follow the instructors requests. The environment you are entering is very different from that ashore so it’s important that safe thinking and practices are adopted by all. We all need to look after ourselves and each other. All required safety equipment is onboard each vessel and you are very welcome to bring your own equipment such as lifejackets should you have them.

Course Start Times

Practical Powerboat Courses

All Powerboat courses start at 09:00 on both days Level 1, 2 and Intermediate courses finish about 17:00 each day.
For Powerboat 2 and Advanced you MUST bring a PASSPORT SIZED PHOTOGRAPH for your certification.
Advanced courses which include a night exercise (usually on the first day) will finish when you get back to base, this depends on the time of year and when its gets dark. As a guide around 21:00 in Winter around 23:00 in Summer. Day 2 on Advanced courses finishes about 16:00.

Practical Motor Cruising Courses

All start at 09:00 on the first day. Fees include fuel, mooring fees and loan of wet weather gear. On Motor Cruising courses lunch is provided, but not evening meals. You are most welcome to stay aboard our school boat by prior arrangement, however you will need to bring a sleeping bag and a pillowcase. £25 for 3 nights payable on day 1 of the course

Shorebased Theory Courses

Please arrive for a 09:00 start on the first day of the course. We provide tea, coffee and biscuits but not lunch. There are plenty of local eating places. Alternatively you are more than welcome to bring your own lunch. No accommodation is provided however a list of accommodation is available upon request.

Please Note:

You will need to bring a PASSPORT SIZED PHOTOGRAPH with you for the following courses:
Powerboat Level 2, Powerboat Advanced, Day Skipper Practical, Coastal Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Practical and all VHF / DSC courses or exams.

Yachtmaster Exam Candidates

Emphasis on an exam preparation course will be on polishing your strengths and developing your weaker areas during the week. We will also ensure that you are aware of the standards required to successfully pass your exam. The examiner will join the boat on the last day and the exams will normally continue through until late that night, or even the next morning depending on numbers.

Please remember to bring your Log Book, Passport Photo, First Aid Certificate and VHF Radio License. You can pay the exam fee via Mendez Marine or the RYA, NOT cash.

Address for courses

  • Motor Cruising and Classroom courses: Mendez Marine, Deacons Marina, Bridge Road, Bursledon, SO31 8AZ
  • Powerboat Courses: River Hamble Boat Yard, Bridge Road, Swanwick SO31 7EB – above the Fairline office
    Phone: +44 (0)1489 588977 or 078096 19665 or 07841 659951 if you require assistance on the day.

By Car

  • Leave M27 at Junction 8, at roundabout from the East take the 1st exit, from the West take the 3rd exit.
  • Follow to the next roundabout; take the 1st exit A27 sign posted Bursledon.
  • Follow down the hill (approx. 1.2 miles),
  • For Motor Cruising and Classroom:
    • go under the railway bridge, turn immediately right into Deacons marina
  • For Powerboat Courses:
    • go over the river bridge and turn immediately left, turn left again and go through the blue gates
  • Call 078096 19665 or 07841 659951 if you require assistance on the day.


Deacons Marina:
Any spaces not allocated to a business.
River Hamble Boat Yard:
As you turn into the boatyard, go through the big blue gates on your left and park facing the main road.

By Train

Nearest British Rail station is Bursledon, which is on the branch line from Southampton to Portsmouth, both of which are served by London Waterloo. The Training Centre is a five minute walk from Bursledon Station, just walk out of the station car park, turn right to the main road, turn right again and walk under the railway bridge go immediately right into Deacons Marina or walk across the Hamble River bridge, where we are immediately on the left above Fairline Southampton.


If you choose to stop at Southampton Central, buses from Southampton are the 78, 80 X4 and X. Taxi from Southampton Central is about 12 minutes and from Southampton Parkway (Airport) is 15 minutes.

Taxi Numbers

  • Phoenix Cars: 023 8045 8868
  • Access Cars: 023 8045 8855
  • City Cars: 0700 444 4444
  • Fleet Taxis: 023 8045 0100
  • Streamline Taxis: 023 8022 3355
  • Viking Cars: 023 8040 8633

Cancellation Policy & Insurance…

Please read the terms and conditions.

And Finally…

We all wish you a fantastic time whilst with Mendez Marine. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.


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