RYA Diesel

RYA Diesel Couse
RYA Diesel student learning about the 3 cylinder Yanmar engine

RYA DIESEL COURSE AIMS:

The RNLI tell us that the most common reason for call-outs is machinery failure. Many of these call outs would be avoided if more yachtsmen (sail and power alike) had a better understanding of how the engine works and how to;

  • carry out regular checks,
  • carry out routine maintenance and
  • perform basic, “get you home” maintenance

RYA DIESEL COURSE DURATION:

1 Day, 0930 to 1630

RYA DIESEL COURSE PRE REQUISITES:

None. No previous mechanical ability or knowledge of engines is required. You will be surprised at just how straightforward most of the checks, fault finding and adjustments are.

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RYA Diesel Engine Student working on one of our 6 cylinder Volvo Penta Engines

RYA DIESEL COURSE CONTENT:

This course teaches you how your diesel engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how you might get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine, are a motor cruising enthusiast or operate a workboat, this course can save you money, and one day could save your life.

Course topics include:

  • The principles of diesel engine operation
  • The systems and parts of the engine
  • Fault finding
  • Rectification of common problems
  • Bleeding the fuel system
  • Changing the impeller
  • Routine maintenance
  • Winter lay up procedures

Students have full access to a range of real marine diesel engines and a large selection of tools in the training room. 

RYA DIESEL COURSE PROGRAMME:

The course is a mixture of theory and practical sessions. During the practical sessions you will work on our training engines.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR RYA DIESEL COURSE:

  • Day of shorebased training
  • Use of our Yanmar and Volvo Penta engines and tools
  • RYA Diesel Course Notes
  • RYA Diesel Certificate
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Free (on street) parking

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN OUR RYA DIESEL COURSE:

  • Lunch

RYA DIESEL COURSE RATIOS:

The RYA requires their centres to have 1 training engine, which can be shared by up-to 6 students and to have one Instructor per 12 students. We smash this requirement on both fronts as we have 4 separate engines and our maximum class size is 6, meaning you get more “hands on engine time,” and are not stood around just watching. We are unaware of any other RYA centre that is as well equipped for this course. The class size is typically 3-6 students, but we will run the course with as few as 2 students. 

RYA DIESEL COURSE EQUIPMENT:

We have equipped our training room with some of the most common marine diesel engines you are likely to come across;

Brand Horse Power Size Model Typical Usage
Volvo Penta 18HP 2 cylinder MD 2002 24-29 foot sailing yacht
Yanmar 36HP 3 cylinder 3JH2 30-40 foot sailing yachts
Volvo Penta 135HP 6 cylinder TMD- A Displacement work boats & motor yachts
Volvo Penta 200HP 6 cylinder TAMD-B Larger workboats & planing  motor yachts
Yanmar & Volvo Various 2-6 cylinder Engine Spares Various

Our training engines are supported by an extensive workshop tool kit.

Don’t worry if your engine is not listed above, the skills you learn with us are transferable to any vaguely modern marine diesel engine.

HOW LONG IS THE RYA DIESEL CERTIFICATE VALID FOR:

The RYA Diesel certificate is valid for life, it does not require revalidation.

RYA DIESEL COURSE BOOKING:

If the dates below do not suit you we can set up a bespoke 1:1, 2:1 or group course at a time that suits you, either using our training engines or on your own boat.

WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR YOUR RYA DIESEL COURSE?

We will run the RYA Diesel course 1:1 or 2:1 on board your boat or as part of a group at our centre. Our training room is well equipped with 4 training engines (Volvo Penta and Yanmar) and all of the necessary tools.

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