Maritime Skills

UHI Argyll


Oban Centre


This course will allow you to explore the many different specialities and career paths open to you in the maritime sector.

It contains a mix of practical and theoretical activities to help you get the skills employers value in most entry level jobs.

You will learn about the make-up of the modern maritime industry, about how the industry as a whole works and how individual vessels work.

You will learn about what keeps boats and ships stable, even when they are loaded or busy working. We’ll teach you the practicalities of boat handling, including the vital skill of keeping a ‘watch’, i.e. keeping alert to what’s going on all around you all the time.

Different parts of the maritime industries have their own requirements: working on a ferry is different from using a small boat in a fish farm, or helping to run a marina. But they all have certain things in common, like working safely on board, safe and reliable ways of casting-off and mooring again, and understanding the basic rules about how boats and ships behave.

This course will help you understand where your future career may be and give you the basic skills to get you started.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. You should have a good level of general fitness and be able to swim as you will be training aboard the College RHIBs and taking part in Sea Survival training in a swimming pool.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

9 months


Science and Environment

SCQF Level