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Absolutely Brilliant!

Absolutely brilliant! I completed multiple courses with Chichester Marine Training, including the new Mile Builder they have only just started to offer. The lessons taught and information passed on over what should of only really been a few days of short passages was absolutely invaluable! And put me in a really good position to take my Yachtmaster Offshore! Steve, Nikki and Gary are highly professional and helpful. They all effectively tailor made these courses to suit me! Would recommend them to anyone and everyone! Be it just starting out or looking to complete your Yachtmaster!

Ned Hannibal Walker

Excellent Instruction

Many thanks to CMT and especially to Bob Hammond, our inspiringly knowledgeable tutor, for excellent instruction and an encyclopaedic list of helpful hints and tips. I learned a lot and had a very enjoyable time. The course was taught in a relaxed but effective way, with no question too stupid to ask. All enquiries were answered patiently and thoroughly, more than once if necessary and there was much fun and laughter. My five days were a pleasure and as much a social occasion as an education.

Thanks to everyone.

Ian Lambton
Day Skipper Theory

Extremely well run Sea School.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Portsmouth Marine Training for having recently having passed my Yachtmaster power Offshore, especially Steve Dimmer who is the chief instructor there. Steve is the by far the nicest and best instructor I have ever met . You can’t go wrong with this sea school, everything is set right, great location in the Solent, great facilities and training boats and above all a great instructor Steve. Oh and very reasonable on price. Steve, just to let you know that I’m now working full time as Skipper on a survey boat as a result of passing your course. Massive thanks mate, Lewis.

Yachtmaster Motor

They both have the bug!

Alana (21) and Robbie (14) loved every minute of the course Steve, they are still banging on about it to their friends, and both have got the bug. I am sure this is purely down to your great coaching. How you managed to pitch the level exactly right to a 53 year yachtsman, a 21 year old psychologist and a 14 year “bad assed dude” I will never know, but you did. Now I know what “all in the same boat” means.

Powerboat Level 2

Transition from Sail to Power

After years of sailing, I was apprehensive about moving to a fast power boat. But Steve made the transition easy. He quickly grasped where I was at, kindly affirmed the stuff I knew, and encouraged effective, practical learning in his friendly and professional coaching style. In just 5 hours with Steve I had delivered my own boat through a moderate/rough sea, passed the ICC assessment and came away with lots of confidence to enjoy my new craft. A great day with an outstanding instructor.

Own Boat Tuition ICC assessment

Exactly the right level!

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy two courses at Portsmouth Marine Training during 2014.

The Powerboat level 2 course with instructor Mike was pitched at exactly the right level for someone new to the sport. Instruction first rate, loads of time on the helm and best of all it was two days of great fun.

The short range vhf course is a single day of quite intensive classroom training. The day was well structured and Instructor Steve’s gift of being able to not make light of the importance of the course content while still making it fun and applicable to the real world situations we might find ourself in made the day pass quickly with successful exam outcomes for everybody.

I recommend Portsmouth Marine Training without reservation.

Powerboat Level 2 and VHF radio

Unforgettable and Fun

He tenido la suerte de recibir formación con la escuela Porstmouth Marine Training. Los cursos son intensivos pero muy acertados, asistiendo a los novatos tanto como a los de más habilidad. El instructor Steve nos ayudó y animó en todo momento, convirtiéndolo en una experiencia inolvidable y divertida. Aunque ya tenía algo de conocimiento, ahora me siento mucho más competente y seguro en el agua. Los recomiendo sin duda ninguna.

The translation is:

I have been lucky to be trained at the Porstmouth Marine Training school. The courses are intensive but well balanced, equally assisting the newies as well as those with a bit of knowledge. The instructor Steve helped and encouraged us throughout, making it an unforgettable and fun experience. Even though I had some prior understanding, now I feel much more competent and safe on the water. I would recommend them without a doubt.

Powerboat Level 2

Less stress,more enjoyment

As a novice first time boat owner who finds VHF challenging I approached Portsmouth Marine Training to provide coaching in the efficient use of the chart plotter,Voyage planning, and procedures for using alternative marinas on the south coast. My instructor Steve provided clear, incisive and professional assistance encouraging me to consider the requirements of the situation prompting and assisting where necessary rather than presenting me with a solution. I found this extremely helpful and will undoubtedly be a safer and less stressed boat driver !
Many Thanks Steve,you will be seeing me again !

David Bowden
Own Boat Tuition

Highly recommend

Have now done three course with these guys and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Well equipped, well organised, great teaching style, it’s relaxed and informal but at the same time they make sure you come away having learnt the serious stuff. Their wealth of experience meant that I learnt far more than the course syllabus and gained a lot of practical skills. Thanks to both Steve and Pete I learnt a lot and enjoyed it at the same time. Have done many training courses in various subjects and these guys are amongst the best instructors I have encountered. Have booked further courses over the rest of the year as I head towards my Yachtmasters.


Gary Martin
Powerboat Instructor

Top Class

The equipment, facilities, classroom, and training vessel are all top class. I don’t know how they can make it better.

PB intermeditae 2015

Graham Malyon
Powerboat Level 2

Extra Special Wedding Charter

We just wanted to send you a note to say a massive thank you for making our wedding day EXTRA special. Taking us out on your beautiful boat ‘Gabrielle’ was one of the highlights of our day and I believe it was the highlight for a lot of others as well. Not only were we chuffed to be on the boat, but the fact you let us drive it as well was AWESOME!!! One of my fondest memories in the evening was my friends 10 year old son telling me that he had gotten his lifelong dream by being on a boat, and he got to steer too, his face was priceless and you made that possible, so thank you so much.


Chris and Katrina
Motor Boat Charter for Wedding

Exceeded expectations!

The course exceeded my expectations! I thought there would be more theory and less practice. The best parts of the course was being out on the boat and learning the manoeuvres. The instructor was great, informative, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

PB2 ian dawes 082015 (4)


Powerboat Level 2


The instructor was amazing, his instruction was clear, positive and constructive at all times. I would absolutely recommend to my friends, 10/10.

William Hamilton
Day Skipper Sail

Very helpful and surpassed expectations

Surpassed expectations, lots of independence and confidence built. Very helpful and thorough in explanations. 10/10. 



Tom Warlow
Own Boat Tuition Powerboat Level 2

Beyond Expectations

Equipment, facilities and training vessel superb. The Instructor was easy going, friendly, very knowledgeable and above all patient. Above and beyond expectations. Would definitely recommend the course to friends. 10/10.


Kristy,Piers and Miles
Day Skipper Motor

Top Marks

Top marks. Recommend without fail, cannot think of any improvements. Boat in good order and well presented, made for a great learning experience. Excellent


Powerboat Level 2

A superb course and A hugely enjoyable experience!

My PBI course with the Portsmouth Marine Training was a sheer delight. Steve has the rare ability to deliver highly professional instruction in a friendly and informal manner which made the course both informative and enjoyable. I have no hesitation in recommending PMT as a first class training centre.

Richard Hussey
Powerboat Instructor

Great Week

A great week of training led by an extremely consummate professional. First class all the way, great boat, super instruction, good food, and everything else you would possible need. Thank you too for a fun time with lots of relevant learning. Simply fantastic !

Stan Davies
Yachtmaster Motor

Very Interesting day

Just attended the Diesel engine course. Great day with knowledgeable instructor and some hands on with an engine. Well worth attending even if you never intend getting near the engine

Diesel Engine Maintence

Another brilliant course

I’ve just spent a week away with Steve, doing my Yachtmaster Sail course. Steve is a very patient teacher who has and excellent way of explaining things, great guy. But most of all, it was great fun, I had a fantastic time and learned a lot.
And most importantly, you never go hungry, the food was fantastic and there was loads of it.
(Especially loved Nicky’s chicken curry!!)
Thanks again guys

Billy Smith
Yachtmaster Sail

Simply Excellent Mile Builder

Simply excellent in all respects, a weeks invaluable training delivered in a highly professional and friendly way, a massive opportunity to soak up knowledge and experience. Long passages mean hard work and long hours but the training is second to none and well worth it. Not a pleasure cruise but a pleasure to be on it! I highly recommend Steve and his team to anyone wanting to undertake any marine training.

Mile Builder for Motor Cruisers

Excellent boat and invaluable training

Completed an Offshore Yachtmaster course with Chichester Marine Training March 2018. The first five days leading up to the examination with Steve as an instructor was invaluable, everyone on the course learnt all that is required and went on to pass. The boat was excellent and all the materials needed to pass were readily available. Will be using Chichester Marine Training for courses in future, couldn’t recommend more.

Will Stanley
Yachtmaster Motor

Amazing Experinace

I’ve just spent a week away with Steve, doing my yachtmaster course.
I had such a fantastic time. Steve is a very patient skipper with a very good way of explaining things.
I learned so much on this course, but also had a lot of fun.
One thing on Steve’s boat, you’ll never go hungry.!!! Really excellent food, and loads of it (Nikki’s chicken curry was definitely the highlight!!!)
Thanks again guys

Billy Smith
Yachtmaster Motor

Excellent Courses

It is frustrating that, having sailed for most of my life, and indeed done 3 flotilla holidays as skipper, I find that I can’t charter a yacht or do a flotilla holiday without a piece of paper saying that I can sail. So when, earlier this year, I saw that my sailing club had arranged an ICC course with Portsmouth Marine Training I rapidly booked. All the people there were in the same position as me and needed a piece of paper to say that we could sail. It was an excellent course with a fair amount of banter, much enjoyed by all and we all passed (thank goodness!) That is not to say that we did not learn anything – we certainly did and it was good to brush up on the things we had forgotten

I have just been on a VHF course in preparation for getting a motor boat. Gary gave us an excellent course – I hadn’t realised just how much there is to learn – and Steve examined us pretty thoroughly and again we all passed

ICC sail and VHF

Outstanding training

Thank you for another great course last week. As always, the standard of training was outstanding, I don’t feel there were any gaps and nothing was too much trouble for you, however long it took. Gabriele was well equipped and clearly maintained to a high standard. It was an intense week but also an extremely enjoyable one.I’m looking forward to the next course!

Yachtmaster Motor


Ian Dawes made the Day Skipper practical course on Jaymist IV most enjoyable. I learned lots of skills and improved my competence. Many thanks Ian. (end May 18)

Day Skipper Sail

Beast from the East

Minus three with 35 to 45 knots of wind! Hardly the best weather for sailing yet the course still went ahead and I am so glad it did!
Despite being storm bound for a day every minute was packed with useful training.
The boat was well maintained and in excellent condition including the possession of diesel warm air heating.
Steve ( head instructor ) was a mine of information, very understanding and exceptionally experienced.
My overall impression was of complete satisfaction and a real sense of value for money.i will certainly be returning in the future!

Mark Payne
Yachtmaster Motor

First Class

A first class course in every way using innovative teaching methods and some of the most hilarious aids to memory I’v heard. Practical and confidence building techniques reduced stress allowing me to absorb more information which left me with a growing sense of achievement each day. recommend 100%

Matt Lloyd
Yachtmaster Motor

Powerboat Level 2

Top marks. Recommend without fail, cannot think of any improvements. Boat in good order and well presented, made for a great learning experience. Excellent

Elizabeth & Alex Kelly, John Craig
Powerboat Level 2

Day Skipper Sail

This course exceeded all expectations! The instructor was experienced,knowledgeable, calm, and had a great sense of humour! The yacht was lovely; warm, comfortable, well equipped and maintained. The food was great too! I had 5 days and nights living aboard and learned far more than I could have hoped to. I would definitely recommend this training school, the well organized courses and their enthusiastic instructors to all interested in undertaking any aspect of their training prospectus! I also undertook their VHF course recently. Another commendation deserved there too! Keep up the good work!

Amanda Diaper
Day Skipper Sail