Due to the Coronavirus situation, we have moved our Spring course to 7 September 2020. This is fully booked. We have spaces for our Spring 2021 course, likely to start 22 March. We require a £500 deposit to book a place.

We continue to work with Fox's Marina and Boatyard, Ipswich where we have in-house training facilities, access to workshops and brokerage vessels. We are the only provider of hands-on training for small craft marine surveyors. If your background is in the marine industry or you have a thorough understanding of small vessel design and construction, we will show you how to apply that knowledge to surveying. Call or e mail for more information.


Marine Survey Training provides hands-on, practical training in working boatyards to give people the skills and techniques they need to survey small craft. The course started in 2006 and to date has trained over 150 people, many of who have gone onto build successful businesses in the marine industry. The course is run by Martin Evans, MYDSA, and Aidan Tuckett AMYDSA, MIIMS. We are both full time commercial surveyors.

We provide practical training on how to survey a wide range of boats in small groups with a 1:4 instructor/ student ratio. It is not a distance-learning or theory course - we are at the largest working boatyard on the East Coast where we make full use of the vessels and facilties. You will carry out several surveys during the course and, if successful, you will be able to start practicing as a small craft surveyor when you finish. Many of our delegates become members of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) or the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA), both of which are the UK surveying industry's main professional bodies. We also provide training to Maritime and Coastguard Agency staff, marine industry professionals in related professions, and to overseas government staff

We are based at Fox’s Marina and Boatyard , Ipswich and at the International Boatbuilding TrainingCollege (IBTC) Lowestoft (

You should have a background in yacht and small craft operation and/or construction. We provide training in small craft surveying techniques and report writing and we also go through all of the construction practices and systems operation found in yachts and small commercial vessels. You should allow around 100 hours in preliminary study using the course modules that we provide followed by the on-site training which runs from 30 March to 1 May 2020.

For more details of our courses and information on how to apply please use the navigation bar on the left.

For details of our 2020 and 2021 Practical Surveying Courses, contact Aidan Tuckett at or on 07765 35 2364 or Martin Evans at or on 07887 724055


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