The Boat Building Academy provides full-time, highly practical skills training with an emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning.  The school was founded in 1997 by Commander Tim Gedge.

The Academy is on the provider’s list for a member of the British Marine Federation and an approved City & Guilds centre.

Administrators Janine and Fabiana are usually the first points of contact for people hoping to join the Academy.

Longer courses have City & Guilds certification attached but the training goes far beyond City & Guilds requirements.

In recent years the Academy has developed a programme of furniture making courses which share the same philosophy as the boat building training; intensive and highly practical development of skills. Information about furniture making courses, can be found on our sister website www.bbafurnitureschool.com

All ‘long’ courses are full-time, working from 0830 to 1730, five days a week. Classes are under the direct supervision of at least one instructor at all times during the working week. Students also have access to workshops in the evening and at weekends. The Academy does not close for the summer.