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The Boat Building Academy

Providing ‘hands-on’ learning.


The Boat Building Academy provides full-time, highly practical skills training with the emphasis on ‘hands-on’ learning. The school was founded in 1997 by Commander Tim Gedge and was recently granted charity status in January 2020.

Our flagship 40-week Boat Building course teaches men and women to build boats to the highest professional standards across a range of construction types. The course also allows for a handful of students to build their own boats as part of their training.

People come from all over the world to join the course - meaning no two courses are alike. There is no fixed skill requirement: all we ask for is enthusiasm, motivation and dedication to the training.

By the end of 40 weeks, each student leaves the Academy with a Level 3 City & Guilds qualification and the key skills needed to work in the marine industries – ready for whatever path they take next.

For further information and how to apply, go to

Alternatively, you can speak to Janine or George in the office on 01297 445545 or email


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