The MVS provides training to nationally and internationally recognised standards
Training between the units is actively encouraged with the aim of broadening the knowledge of a member without diluting their primary specialisation.
Members progress through the various levels in their own time dependent on the amount of time they can commit to their training.
Previous experience in either a professional or voluntary capacity will be taken into account towards qualification, providing suitable documentary evidence of such experience can be provided.
Training takes place at units in the evenings and at weekends both ashore and afloat.
In addition to the smaller inshore craft operated by most MVS Units, the Service operates sea-going vessels around the UK coast for extended training periods.