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Griffin Marine Services

4 Hampshire Crescent
Isle of Wight
PO30 5RX

01983 826026

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  • British Sub Aqua Club Courses
  • Individuals & Groups
  • Instructor Courses
  • Lifeguard Courses
  • Professional Training
  • RIB / Powerboat Training
  • RIB Sales
  • Shorebased Courses
  • Yacht & Power Boat Charters


Griffin Marine Services are based in East Cowes Marina and The Classic Boat Museum. We are situated in the heart of the Solent, the chosen training ground of the RNLI and a whole host of other schools. We offer a range of courses to suit either individuals or corporate teams. We can also arrange accommodation for you, or for an extra £30 per person, we will collect/return you to the Hamble or Warash. Midweek specials are available for £195 per person, with a minimum of two people required per booking for Level 2, Intermediate and the Advanced course.

Why Choose Us?
At Griffin Marine Services, we are passionate about our training and if you compare our prices to other mainland schools, we are still competitive even if you add the cost of accommodation. In addition, the Isle of Wight is a great place to visit and will make your course seem like a holiday as well.

We are a dedicated RYA Powerboat Training and RLSS UK Rescue Boat Training and a BSAC Seamanship Centre. We are also the first Commercial School in the UK that can offer Powerboat Instructor Courses in all of these disciplines. We hope that after looking through our website you decide to come and join us for your Powerboat Training. We are lucky to have excellent weather on the Island, are served well by ferries, and have great accommodation in the towns of Cowes and East Cowes. The nightlife of Cowes is full of excellent places to eat and have a beer (not too many though!)

The Solent is one of the busiest stretches of water in the United Kingdom and we have such a diverse amount of Ports, Harbours and Creeks that we can visit on our courses. We also offer RYA VHF DSC, First Aid at Sea, Radar and Navigation Courses from Day skipper up to the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Level. RLSS UK Beach Lifeguard, Inshore Rescue Boat, First Aid, AED and O2 Courses are also available, as well as BSAC Diver Boat Handling , Diver Coxswain, Chart work and Position Fixing, Diver First Aid, AED and O2 Courses. We operate all year round and can arrange the course dates to suit you.

Our clients have included :

Members of Dorset Police Marine Unit

Members of Hampshire Police

Bournemouth Lifeguards

The RNLI Yacht Club

Isle of Wight Lifeguards

Sandown Bay Lifeguards

Sandown and Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat.

Our Aim
To offer to you our clients, top quality instruction using the very best equipment, making you a competent boat handler and giving you a great time afloat, ensuring we give value for money with competitive pricing.

Our Boats
We have two Solent 6.9 metre Ribs powered by a 150HP Optimax outboard and 200HP Evinrude E Tec outboard, GPS/Plotter VHF (DSC) and all the very best in safety equipment. As agents for Solent Ribs, we have access to the whole Solent Rib range - 5.4 metres, 6 metres, 6.5 metres, 6.9 metres, and 7.5 metres and can arrange a demo for you. All the ribs can be supplied with an engine of your choice.

We have vast experience in the marine industry, from working and teaching on a variety of craft. When we decided to start our own school after working for the good and not so good on a freelance basis, we decided we needed a rib that offered a deep vee hull, giving a comfortable ride in a variety of sea conditions. It had to be fast and large enough to seat all students in comfort, and be stable at rest. It also needed to be of the highest quality build and fit out. After a lot of research on the boat we would require it came down to a Solent rib, they met every one of our criteria and offer a fantastic after sales service.

If you decide to purchase one of these very seaworthy craft after completing your tuition let us know and we will endeavour to get the best deal for you as we act as agents for the company and are approved by them to run courses using their boats. We can also give you advice on where to get the best deals around for equipment and clothing. We provide all foul-weather gear and lifejackets, you will need to purchase your log book (G20/04) and it is recommended you buy the practical course notes (PBPCN) and G16/97. For the safety boat course, these can be purchased from us or any good chandlery.

For further information and course details please give us a call on 01983 826026 or 07876 623124 and we will be happy to discuss your training or charter needs.

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