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Welcome to the IBTC Lowestoft

Welcome to the IBTC International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft where we are proud to offer a wide range of traditional boatbuilding and joinery courses together with shorter courses exploring additional woodworking skills and maritime crafts.

Full Time Courses at the IBTC – 47 Weeks Duration

47 Week Boatbuilding

Our flagship course leads to the internationally recognised and coveted IBTC Diploma in boatbuilding along with City and Guilds 2463 level 3. This comprehensive course covers all the skills required to build and maintain boats.  more>>

47 Week Joinery & Furniture

This extensive course is aimed at teaching all the necessary skills and elements of joinery and furniture making, to enable you to go on to both design and construct your own, individual items of furniture. more>>

Full Time Courses at the IBTC – 12 and 24 Weeks Duration

Build your own boat – 24 Weeks

At the end of this course you will have completed and launched a boat of up to 5m in length.  more>>

Woodworking Skills – 12 Weeks

An intensive course focusing on a range of woodworking skills suitable for all including those with no previous experience. more >>

Small Boatbuilding – 12 Weeks

This 12 weeks Small Boatbuilding course starts with four weeks practical woodworking to learn the necessary skills required.
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Short Courses at the IBTC – 1 Day to 4.5 Days

Painting and Varnishing Course

2 Days - £320 inc VAT Preparation of surfaces, including application to caulked vessels.  Brush application of single and two pack finishes [...]

Introduction to Woodworking

4.5 Days - £600 inc VAT Suitable for complete beginners through to those looking to further develop their woodworking skills, the course [...]

GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastics)

4.5 day Course - £680 inc Vat GRP 4.5 days This ‘hands on’ course provides a comprehensive understanding of the use and [...]

  • RYA Diesel Engine

RYA Diesel Engine – 1 day course

RYA Diesel Engine RYA Diesel Engine 1 day Course  – £110 inc Vat A one-day beginners’ guide to help you prevent and [...]

  • Router Course

Router Course

3 day Course - £460 inc Vat Router Course An intensive, practical course providing an introduction to routers and router use incorporating [...]

Caulking Course

2 day Course - £320 inc Vat Caulking Course The course covers the preparation of oakum bails required for seaming, how to [...]

Lofting Course

3 to 4 day Course -  £160 per day inc Vat The course length is flexible depending on the complexity of the craft [...]

Basic Boat Plumbing and Electrics

2 day Course - £320 inc Vat Providing a solid grounding of basic plumbing and electrics the course consists of the following elements: Electrical [...]

Ropework, Knots and Splicing

2 day Course – £320 inc Vat A broad introduction to rope work techniques, the course consist of the following elements: A range [...]

Traditional Rigging and Wirework

3 day Course - £460 inc Vat Providing a sound introduction to traditional rigging and wirework techniques. The course covers: Identifying wire types; [...]

Tool Maintenance

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A little about the IBTC International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft

Situated in the coastal town of Lowestoft, perched on the edge of The Broads the IBTC is ideally placed to promote the craft of boatbuilding. With a history of a thriving fishing industry and port spanning many centuries, the town has a rich maritime past.

The college sits on the northern shore of Lake Lothing, the tidal reach of the River Waveney, depicted in Ted Frost’s book “From Tree To Sea”, which chronicles the building of a wooden steam fishing boat.

IBTC offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for both those looking for a career in the industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing interests and skills or develop new ones. Read more >>

News from the IBTC Lowestoft

SEA Shipshape East Anglia Bursary Scheme Announced

SEA Grants Scheme International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft, in partnership with National Historic Ships UK, has launched the Coastal Communities Funded ‘SEA Grants Scheme’.  The scheme is legacy of the Shipshape East Anglia project [...]

  • The Cutty Sark

IBTC at the Cutty Sark

In November, the IBTC Lowestoft demonstrated various boatbuilding and shipwright skills to Members and Shipshape Trainees (MAST) of National Historic Ships UK, beneath the copper-bottomed keel of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Those attending [...]

Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – IBTC to sponsor garden

IBTC Lowestoft are creating a garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2017 The year is 1117. By the edge of a Norfolk river a boat-builder has been at work. His yard, a humble garden, and [...]

What our students say about us

I found the weekends too long, the weeks too short and would wake up each day excited about what lay ahead.
Robert Tretheway
For me, this satisfaction comes from being ‘in the moment’
Roland Mann
The IBTC is there to help you grow into the boatbuilder that is in all of us with an interest and passion.
Paul Langham

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