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By gaining the Royal Yachting Association Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate, you bacome able to manage and maintain a Marine Diesel Engine.

You learn about necessary engine maintenance and systems and how to avoid most mechanical breakdowns while out at sea.

This is presented in our classroom based at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town.

This course completion certificate entitles the holder to be in charge of a sailing vessel’s engine, up to 750 kW, in Category “0” (zero) waters.

Completing this course is also useful to candidates wanting to work alongside engineers on Yachts and smaller Super Yachts.

Your instructor will have extensive experience in maintaining and repairing various marine motors to a substantial amount of horse power.

Upon booking we provide you with a program, what to bring and where to be etc… will be sent to you prior to the start of the course.


Upcoming course dates:

31 December 2018

9 February 2019

9 March 2019

13 April 2019





For more information, dates and pricing on this course please fill out our Enquiry Form.

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Applicable to:

  • Boat owners
  • Anyone with a interest in marine diesel engines
  • Anyone who would like to extend their working knowledge on marine diesel engines
  • Potential boat owners
  • Crew members who would like to increase their knowledge and value

No experience with engines are required.

Some basic research before joining is useful.

Names, parts and general structure of a Marine Diesel Engine

  • Head and Block
  • Pistons
  • Gaskets
  • Fuel Pumps
  • Water Pumps
  • Turbo
  • Gear Box
  • Engine Mounts
  • Alternators
  • Engine Belts
  • Fuel Filters
  • Water Filters

Four stroke cycle

  • Induction Stroke
  • Compression Stroke
  • Power Stroke
  • Exhaust Stroke

The air system

  • Air filters
  • Natural Aspiration
  • Assisted Aspiration

The fuel system

  • Fuel Filtration
  • Fuel Pumps
  • Bleeding Fuel Systems

The oil system

  • Oil Filters
  • Oil Pumps
  • Changing the Oil
  • Checking Oil

The cooling system

  • Fresh Water Pumps
  • Salt Water Pumps
  • Water Filters
  • Direct Cooling
  • Indirect Cooling
  • Cooling Systems

The electrical system

  • The Starter
  • Battery Care
  • Ignition System
  • Alternators
  • Charging Systems


  • Fuel System
  • Cooling System


  • Intervals
  • Minor Service
  • Major Service


  • What it Means
8 Hours
Diesel course Practical work book.

Course completion certificate.

Temporary membership at the Royal Cape Yacht club.
Accommodation(After booking your course our admin sends you a course program and recommended accommodation and transport arrangements).


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