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Since 1930, Westlawn Institute has trained more practicing boat designers than any other institution in the world. We offer various programs that appeal to industry professionals and boating enthusiasts with a range of different experiences and skill sets. Westlawn Institute is a nationally and internationally accredited school, with students from every corner of the globe. All courses are 100% distance learning. Students study from their homes.

Our instructors are available to help you through every step of the way. Instructor support, study guides, books, and other materials are all available via the Internet and mail. Depending on the focus of your study and your individual pace, courses can be completed in a matter of months or years. Tuition is low, with zero-interest monthly payment plans so Westlawn students graduate debt free.

Whether you are a seasoned boatbuilder who is looking to learn design skills, a novice who wants to learn boat design, or anywhere in between there is a course for you. Contact us and learn which program is right for you.



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Joint Continuing Education Program

Take our concise distance-learning continuing education courses to improve your knowledge of boat building and design, and enhance your marine industry career. Learn about hydrostatics, stability, fiberglass boat construction, ergonomics and interior design, hull lines, corrosion, and other pertinent elements for technical boat and yacht design. These distance-learning courses can be an adjunct to ABYC in-class courses, or they can be taken individually to understand all aspects of boatbuilding, from design through maintenance. Click here for more information.

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