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Boat Navigation Training – Bristol

For a local training school that can offer a variety of practical and theory navigation courses and more:

The Bristol Maritime Academy is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre operated by a highly experienced and dedicated team. We work closely with all of our clients and assist them in becoming well-trained and skilled operators, be they marine professionals or leisure enthusiasts.

The Bristol Maritime Academy is the only RYA coastal training centre based in the Bristol Harbour, providing you with the perfect training location, whether you need inland, river or coastal courses.

Quality of safety, training, staff and equipment are key to our packages and our flexibility ensures that customers always receive the highest quality training that they are looking for.

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Navigation Teachers


Managing Director

Tim’s career path has lead him to run marine operations around the globe, within diverse environments such as professional training, safety development, leisure & tourism, local education and professional training.

Bristol Maritime has become a respected training organization specializing in small craft safety operations for training establishments and superyachts and Tim manages many programmes each year aboard some of the finest private boats in the world, he also helps his customer find the best New Pontoon Boat Rentals.

Tim is also an RYA appointed Centre Inspector and a member of the RYA Training Committee.


Operations Director

After an extensive background in development of overseas watersports centres, Chris became the first Regional Development Officer for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). This involved working with instructor training projects and government led sports development programs.

He has been instrumental in raising industry safety standards in the UK and overseas and is an appointed RYA Centre Inspector. Chris is an RYA Powerboat Instructor, Coach/Assessor, Sailing and Windsurfing Instructor and keen paddle boarder.


Chief Instructor

Lilly is a highly experienced watersports coach with numerous marine qualifications under her belt.

She uses her coaching skills to good effect as our Chief Powerboat Instructor, running and overseeing all of our Bristol based RYA Powerboat courses, and of course our fleet training boats.

As a Swift Water Rescue Technician, Lilly is also a member of our Water Safety team, supervising variety of difficult on-water inspections and training courses.



Sarah has grown up by the water in sunny Dubai and is a keen stand up paddle-boarder.

She is the marketing co-ordinator for The Bristol Maritime Academy and social media guru as well as a professional photographer, specializing in outdoor photography.

Sarah keeps the HQ in order, welcoming our clients, making sure all of the courses and events we run are entertaining and informative and managing the Academy.