Welcome to Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School
WELCOME TO BISHAM ABBEY SAILING AND NAVIGATION SCHOOL
based within Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, located on the banks of the River Thames just outside Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Established in 1991 the School is a RYA recognised training centre run by Roy and Jan May. The School Principal is Tom Sowerby. Over the past 22 years we have won awards for both our training and our customer service.
We offer a wide range of RYA courses from beginners dinghy sailing for children and adults to shore-based theory Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean; all the add-on courses that you would expect, i.e. VHF, GMDSS, First Aid, Diesel Engine and Radar plus practical motor boat handling courses including Inland Waterways Helmsman course (IWHC), Inland Waterways Crew course (IWCC), Powerboat Level 1 & 2, the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), CEVNI test and RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival / Water Safety. We run the two day shore-based theory RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course aimed at the complete novice, and also have examiners authorised to carry out Boat Safety Scheme inspections.
Our newest course is the MCA Fire Safety course. This one day course is a Marine Coastguard Boatmaster Licence ancillary course as are the RYA First Aid and RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival / Water Safety courses, invaluable for the professional and non-professional helmsman. We are now offering Dutch Barge Experience Days - spend a day on our 17metre Luxemotor Dutch Barge 'Le Coq'. You will be able to try your hand at steering our barge and crewing (whilst under instruction) and also find out about buying and owning your own dutch barge.