Welcome to the Boat Building Academy

‘A centre for excellence’ Chris Humphries, Director General City & Guilds

Please join us for our next student boat launch - 11:00 on Wednesday 10th June at Lyme Regis Harbour

Practical, professional or purely for pleasure – learn boat building or woodworking skills at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis.

3N8A6422Our experts teach the widest range of hands-on boat building courses in the world, specialising in composite, modern and traditional wooden construction, restoration and repair.  Students on the intensive 38 week course gain practical experience by working on a wider range of construction types than found in most boatyards or on any other boat building course.

Students do not work on commercial projects but learn by building and working on a wide range of real boats selected for their educational value and relevance to students’ aspirations.  Our intensive and highly practical courses vary in length from 5 days to 38 weeks.

The Academy also offers woodworking courses, running from 5 days to 12 weeks.  Based on our boat building training philosophy courses are hands-on, intensive and the 12 week course offers people the opportunity to design and make a piece of furniture in addition to gaining City & Guilds certification.

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Our students have come from every profession and from all over the world. Many will go on to work in the marine industries but our courses also appeal to those taking a sabbatical from their ‘real’ lives or simply escaping the rat race.

Based on Monmouth beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset, the Academy lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Whether you want a professionally recognised boat building qualification, a few days by the sea learning practical skills, or to build your own boat, there is a course for you in Lyme Regis.

‘My visit to the Academy was truly inspirational. I found the energy and commitment of the staff to be second to none. Their dedication to their craft and the students, and their passion for excellence in design and technical skills, clearly explains the success rates that the Academy has, and the very high level of results achieved by the students. You truly are a centre for excellence in your field!’ ‘Your college has set the benchmark for the future of training craftsmen which has long been the biggest worry of traditional boat builders and repairers. Your college deserves to go from strength to strength and I for one will recommend it to anyone looking for a career in our industry’
Chris Humphries, Director General of City & Guilds visited the Academy 13th April 2007 Tom Richardson Owner of Elephant Boatyard, Hampshire, 14 June 2011.  Employer of two Academy graduates


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