FAQs about our motorboat and VHF training courses


"I have undertaken two courses with Chris and East Coast Motorboat Training now. Both courses have been very informative and enjoyable. Chris delivers the training in a relaxed way and is keen for everyone to get the most out of the courses. Thoroughly recommend the VHF and Powerboat training, took a lot away and developed much more confidence on the water. I can't recommend East Coast Motorboat Training highly enough."

Paul Shanks

"We only had a couple of years on the Norfolk Broads with smaller boats, then we upgraded to a 35ft boat and did wonder if we'd over stepped the mark, but then we had some training with Chris and it made such a huge difference. We now feel so much more confident knowing what we are capable of. Chris was instrumental in getting us to sea and in June we cruised with him to London for the first time. Chris showed us how to plot all our routes on the charts and helped with electronic navigation aids as well as how to navigate without them. He has the patience of a saint! It was really great going past so many London landmarks in our own boat and this was all thanks to Chris and his great training. We would highly recommend anybody to have some training with Chris. He is a cool, calm and fun instructor!"

Paul and Sonn Elvin

"My husband and I recently received bespoke Helmsman and Crew tuition from Chris Billson on our own boat. As novices we found his tuition to be invaluable. Chris was very patient and informative. A fun confidence building day was had by all. We thoroughly recommend attending any courses under Chris's tuition"

Jane and Steve Cooper

"I have attended two courses run by Chris (Boat handling and Helmsman courses) and they have been very informative with attention to detail, at an excellent pace, relaxing and lots of fun. I now feel so much safer and confident when out on my boat. Highly recommended thank you Chris."

Lynda Horey

"I was extremely impressed with Chris, from East Coast Motorboat Training; he gave step by step instruction and was extremely patient with me. The training boat is very capable and I felt very safe at the helm. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and competent. He made the whole experience a pleasure."

Sarah Finley

“I thought I might just drop you a line to say a big thank you for taking on us ladies for the helmsmen course. So many ladies have asked what it was like, was it very difficult etc. Well after doing the ladies day the truth is I enjoyed it so much! I wanted to do more.

When East Coast Motorboat Training and Norfolk Yacht Agency put the ladies day together, it had many of us thinking about safety on board our own boats if something happened whilst out on the river. The reality hit home. I could do ropes etc., but moor the boat (panic). Well ladies, yes we can do it. Thanks to Chris, who I must say an excellent instructor, he is very calm, and talks you through the course at a pace that suits everyone. If you do not understand then just tell him and he will run through it again, never laughing or being patronising. At the beginning of the course, I said I was only doing the helmsman, but after enjoying the course so much I have now booked in for CEVNI and the VHF radio course.

So ladies what are you waiting for? I'm sure you will enjoy it”

Elaine Gibson

“My son (age 16) and I have attended several courses with East Coast Motorboat Training and have passed due to the excellent instruction from Chris Billson. We had training on our own boat and on the training boat, Maujon, and felt equally at ease and confident on both, thanks to Chris' relaxed and calm approach Chris' tutoring is confident, educational and fun! We look forward to progressing on to further courses next year with East Coast Motorboat Training”

Penny Wallace & Oli Hall

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"I'd spent 20 years on the Broads and had some inshore experience in small boats but had never summoned the courage to venture out in our cruiser. I contacted Chris, and he was really helpful in explaining the options. In the end I booked an assisted passage with Chris and it was fantastic. From boat safety and navigation to helping with that first passage plan, Chris provided great advice and support. We had a glorious trip to Southwold and back (stopping for a pub lunch of course) and I now feel confident to go it alone. I wish I'd done this years ago. Our cruising plans have hugely expanded. If you want some great training, Chris really knows his stuff. Life's too short to wish you'd given it a go."

Tony Dean

“I joined the course as a complete novice and within a short time felt very confident in taking the helm. Chris is a brilliant instructor and inspires confidence. He has a deep knowledge of all matters to do with boating and was able to deal with any questions I raised. Highly recommended and good value for money”


“Chris is one of the better instructors I have met. Mary first met Chris on a ladies day. He successfully taught 3 ladies to drive, manoeuvre and berth a 37ft motor cruiser. According to the girls he didn't touch the controls once, and at the end of the day my boat was undamaged. After that, Chris took Mary and I out for a day so that we could both try to achieve the standard required to obtain the Inshore Helmsman certificate. Thanks to Chris' professionalism (and patience) at the end of the day both Mary and I achieved our aim. Thanks Chris. We'll be back for the next step, the CEVNI and ICC ticket."

Mary and Robert Middleton

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