Hebridean Sea School

Scotland's only island based motor cruising school

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About Us

As Scotland's motor cruising school, we offer a wide variety of shorebased, practical and online courses. Whether you're looking to take your first steps on the water or are a more experienced skipper wanting to further develop your skills, we have the right course for you.

From the Marine Radio (SRC), right up to the Yachtmaster Offshore - all of our courses can now be booked online. You can join one of our scheduled courses or we can tailor a course to suit your individual needs.

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Meet the Team

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James Fairbairns
Founder / Principal / Chief Instructor
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Simon Thomasson
Instructor
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Richard Darby
Office Manager
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Bold Ranger
Bold Ranger is our Nelson 42 motor cruiser. Powered by twin Ford 6-cylinder 212hp diesel engines, she cruises at 11 knots. She is coded for up to 12 passengers and is the perfect vessel for practical RYA Motor Cruising courses.

Bold Ranger is also available for charter, starting at £650 per day.
Please contact us for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book?

All of our courses can now be booked online.

If you have any questions then please call us on 07771 851349, email info@hebrideanseaschool.com or send us a message here.

What will be expected of me?

An outline of the course content can be found by clicking on a course above. A full syllabus can be downloaded from the same area. Please read the syllabus for more detailed information on what your course will involve and don't hesitate to get in touch if you're still not sure.

The course syllabus will also have details of the pre-requisites for the course. Even if you think you meet all the pre-requisites, please double check! Unfortunately, if you don't meet all of the requirements or don't bring paperwork to support your eligibility, you will not be able to sit the exam.

Are your courses suitable for children?

The minimum age to join our courses is 18 years old.

Do you have any fitness requirements?

None of our courses are hard-going, but for practical courses we do require a small level of fitness so that you are capable of getting in and out of tenders, and moving around the vessel whilst at sea.

Where can I stay?

During our practical motor cruising courses we provide accommmodation aboard our Nelson 42, Bold Ranger. The first two nights of your course we will usually come ashore in Tobermory so the choice is yours whether you stay aboard or find somewhere local to rest your head.

No accommodation is provided during theory courses but there are plenty of places around Tobermory that we would be happy to recommend.

What about food?

During our practical courses we provide breakfast and lunch but dinner is not included. Depending on the weather and our location, we usually try to find somewhere to go ashore for an evening meal but occasionally it will be cooked on board. Whether ashore or aboard, you will need cash for evening meals.

Theory courses provide ample tea and coffee (James can't function without a fresh brew every 15 minutes!) but please bring your own lunch. There are plenty of places along Main Street for you to grab something tasty.

And how about the Scottish weather?

Although the weather can be unpredictable, the west coast of Scotland is littered with over forty different islands - with hundreds of safe bays in which to anchor, there is always somewhere safe. At Hebridean Sea School, we take every care to ensure your safety and comfort on board. If the weather does change then you can rest assured that there will be experienced hands at the helm.

Finding us

Our practical courses start at the Tobermory pontoon, next to the Mull Aquarium in the main village on the Isle of Mull. Own boat tuition can be carried out anywhere in the UK.

Theory courses are usually based in Tobermory, but can be arranged from any suitable location upon request.

Please get in touch

All of our courses can be reserved online but if you have any queries at all then please use the form below to contact us.