learn to build

The Boat Building Academy (BBA), based in Lyme Regis, Dorset, is seeking seven committed and enthusiastic individuals to change their lives via its 40-week boat building course.

Starting mid-May, the course will teach skills such as lofting, traditional, modern and fibre reinforced plastic boatbuilding, as well as spar, oar and sail making and more.

Students step away with confidence, talent, a wide skill pool and a City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance (the technical certificate of an apprenticeship).

“We see the next course as perfect for those who have taken a step back during the pandemic and re-thought about what they want to do with their lives,” says Will Reed, BBA’s Principal/Trustee. “Those individuals who want to work with their hands, who want to learn to craft objects of beauty and who want to pour their hearts and souls into creating truly unique boats.”

The Boat Building Academy has an impressive alumni career path. It’s long been seen as the formative steppingstone into the highly skilled world of high-end boat building. Many of those who pass through its doors are actively recruited by top UK and international boat builders like Spirit Yachts and T Nielsen’s. Read on.