RYA Diesel Engine Course Syllabus

The aim of the RYA Diesel Engine Course is to give an awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support.

There is a marine diesel engine provided for the practical sessions.

The course is 1 day in duration (minimum 6 hours).

Pre-Course Experience

  • Nil

Course Syllabus

1. Introduction

  • Principles of the diesel engine

2. The Four-stroke Cycle

  • Naturally aspirated engines
  • Turbocharging
  • Intercooling/aftercooling

3. The Fuel System

  • The basic system
  • The tank
  • The water-separating pre-filter
  • Fuel lift pump
  • The engine fine filter
  • Injection pump
  • Injectors
  • Bleeding the system

4. The Cooling System

  • Seawater cooling
  • Freshwater cooling
  • Temperature control
  • The thermostat
  • The seawater impeller pump

5.  The Air Systems

  • The airway in
  • The airway out

6. Engine Electrical Systems

  • The basic system
  • Battery capacity and care
  • Drive belts
  • The alternator

7. Spares and Tool Requirements

  • Basic spares and tools

8. The Importance of Winterisation and Servicing

  • Engine lubrication
  • Transmission lubrication
  • Winterisation and servicing
  • Service schedule

9. Fault Finding

Dates & bookings

For dates and bookings please visit the RYA Diesel Engine Course page.

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands


Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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