Level 2 Marina and Boatyard Operative

Course Overview

Marinas and boatyards support the yachting and boating sectors, which are key areas of the leisure marine industry. Marinas include coastal or inland, river and waterway docks, or basins with moorings and services for vessels. Boatyards are waterside locations where vessels are built, maintained, docked, or stored.


A marina and boatyard operative delivers a variety of operations and services that include vessel handling such as lifting, launching, high-pressure washing and the storage of vessels ashore, and the berthing and movement of vessels on the water in accordance with company policy.


Course Length

15-20 months

Levy Funding

Maximum £10,000 - Non levy employer contribution (5%)

Apprentice Requirements

Have the right to work in England.

Be 16 or older.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn your chosen trade.

Dedication and commitment to coursework and the job.

English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade D or 3. If you do not meet the Maths and English requirements, Marine Society will assist you in gaining your Functional Skills qualification prior to End Point Assessment.


By the end of the apprenticeship, a marina and boatyard operative will be able to do the following:


  • Maintenance and Repairs: Know how to carry out general maintenance and repairs on boats, including cleaning, painting, varnishing, and sanding.


  • Mooring and Docking: Become proficient in the right techniques for mooring and docking boats, including attaching lines, fenders, and other necessary equipment to secure vessels safely.


  • Customer Service:  Develop excellent customer service skills to assist boat owners and visitors with their needs and ensure their experience at the marina or boatyard is positive.


  • Health and Safety: Be trained in health and safety regulations specific to the maritime industry. This includes identifying and managing hazards, conducting risk assessments, using personal protective equipment (PPE), and following safety protocols.


  • Boat Handling: Gain competence in handling small boats and operating equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and trailers to lift and move boats as required for maintenance or launching/retrieval.


  • Marina Operations: You will learn about marina operations, including managing berthing spaces, allocating moorings, and assisting with boat entry and exit procedures.



Career Options and Progression

This apprenticeship can lead to progression within the maritime and leisure industries. Completing this qualification can allow you to take on more responsibilities and gaining expertise in the day-today operations of your organisation, leading to progression in roles such as marina supervisor, boatyard manager or operations coordinator.

The skills gained as a Marina and Boatyard Operative can provide a foundation for diversifying into other marine trades such as sail making, rigging, marine electronics, marine engineering or naval architecture.


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Further information

Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment