Welcome to the Maritime Volunteer Service

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Volunteering Award 2012

The MBE for Volunteer Groups


Making Volunteering Special

“We change lives by training people in maritime skills and we support communities in and around all UK waters and waterways.”

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With the MVS you can train in the following
  • RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course
  • RYA Diesel Engine Course
  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Course
  • RYA Radar Course
  • Safety at Sea
  • First Aid - achieving Elementary, Appointed Person and MCA qualifications
  • Establish and Maintain Radio Communications
  • Launch and Recovery of Boats
  • Operation of Inboard and Outboard Motors
  • Boat Handling
  • Vessel Repair and Maintainance
  • Chart Work and Navigation including use of navigation equipment
  • Emergency Response such as polutions, incidents and afloat patrols
  • Operations room skills including Command and Control
  • Use of meteorological information
  • Operation of craft electrical systems including fault diagnosis and rectification
  • Control of berthing and berthing parties
  • Deck and Engineering watch keeping
  • Beach Supervisor

Looking to the future, we intend to ensure that the term “Maritime Volunteer” is widely known and understood with each MVS Unit an intrinsic part of the lives, hearts and minds of their local community.

Find out more about the MVS