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Diesel school Ft. Lauderdale
2 years ago I was trying to do the same thing you are, in Tampa; find a basis diesel course to help me and my wife learn to maintain our engine, troubleshoot and do minor repairs. It was difficult. I called trade schools, marine stores,etc and most do not offer marine diesel courses and the ones that do are very expensive, generally geared to teach certified mechanics. I even called the engine company to no avail.
I was finally successful by calling local marine diesel companies that "repower" boats. Many of these companies have learned that there is a real marketing advantage in offering these courses.
Even though I could not find a course for my engine (Perkins), Mastery Engine company in ST. Pete has a one day course for the Yanmar. I attended the one day course for $150.00. It was excellent. I learned a lot and the teacher was a nationally recognized marine expert. It really didn''t matter that my engine was a different make. Diesels are diesels.
So I would recommend you start by calling this type of company.