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FAQ’s: RYA Diesel Engine Course

What will you get out of the RYA Diesel Engine course?

This course will cover the most common issues with diesel engines, as well as preventative maintenance. Whether on a sailing yacht or on a powerboat, your diesel engine is frequently your best bet on getting home when you’re in trouble – and even the most experienced yachtsmen get into fixes from time to time!

Most of the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s call outs are over engine failure, from the most basic running out of fuel to throwing a rod due to lack of oil. Don’t go through the embarrassment of having to call Mayday over a silly lack of maintenance!

How much will it cost?

Typically this will set you back £110* for the day long course.

* Approx US $170 or 155 EURO.

What are your limits on passing it?

This course should be taken in addition to other courses on the RYA syllabus. You may do this while on the RYA sail cruising course pathway or on the RYA motor cruising / powerboat pathway.

Is the course theory, practical or both?

Though taught in a classroom, you will have hands on lessons with a diesel engine.

Where can you take the course?

You can take the course anywhere with RYA accreditation to offer it.

Pre Requisites - What level of experience do you need?

None, though it does help to have an interest in seafaring! Marine diesels are different to cars as they take their coolant direct from the sea in most cases. This isn’t for someone who wants to fix their car!

How long does it take?

It is a one day course.

What does the Diesel Engine course involve?

You will look at the principles behind a diesel engine’s operation. You will also look at the fuel, lubricating, air and electrical systems that enable it to run. You will learn basic maintenance such as changing belts, ensuring there is enough oil, and the fuelling systems. For instance, if there’s an air bubble in the fuel line the engine won’t run, no matter how full the tank is…

You will taught how to diagnose a fault – and hopefully how to fix it. This may be a dirty glow plug, lack of oil, air in the fuel line, or a flat battery amongst a number of other common problems.

Finally, you’ll look at winterising the engine so during the off season it doesn’t get wrecked in the frost or from lack of use.

How do you progress after completing the course?

This is an adjunct to other RYA courses, though arguably as important as the VHF course. The VHF course will teach you to call for help – in most cases this will teach you how not to need it…

Does it give you international accreditation?

No, it's mainly for your own piece of mind whilst out on the water.

Where can you learn more about the RYA Diesel Engine course?

Have a look at the official RYA page for more information on what the course involves.

Click here to view the course content in more detail and watch a short how-to video for a head start on changing the pump impeller.

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