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Powerboat 1 Course Information

The RYA Powerboat 1 course is a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. The course is designed to give a good basic understanding of how a powerboat works and moves and also covers all the safety issues related to operating a powerboat.  It also covers different designs and the preparation of both the crew and the boat before setting out afloat. A great way to see if you like the feel of power boating.

RYA Powerboat level 1 course Content

Launch and recovery

Use of and types of personal safety equipment, use of boat hook

Boat handling manoeuvres, starting, stopping, use of kill cord, steering controls, low speed handling,

Securing to a mooring, leaving and coming alongside


Rope work, different types of knots and ropes

Man overboard recovery

After the RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course

You will be able to operate a powerboat under instruction from a skipper, safely and confidently in some basic situations and be prepared to move to Level 2.

Powerboat 2 Course Information

The RYA Powerboat 2 course is designed so students spend more than 70% of their time afloat. In this powerboat training course, the emphasis is very much on safe powerboat handling in harbours and out to sea. Time is spent learning the art of mooring, turning in confined spaces, recovering a man overboard and, of course, how to get a powerboat going fast on the plane and keeping it there comfortably. We also include a practical section on navigation at sea

The theory section covers all the subjects specified by the RYA powerboat level 2 training course curriculum and includes the rules of the road, how to plan a journey safely, weather and tides, and buoyage and is covered in a single 2.5 hour session with all the rest of the time dedicated to being afloat.

There is no examination in the RYA powerboat 2 training course. Progress is determined by continuous assessment and it is the job of ourselves, as instructors’ to identify and correct any weaknesses. If you fail, we fail and that is why we put such a heavy emphasis on continuosly improving our skills.

The powerboat training boat we use is exceptional, designed to give you the very best powerboat training experience and is fitted with all the equipment and electronics needed to ensure you get a good grounding in boat handling and navigation.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course Content

Launch and recovery, lines and fenders,

Preparation of boat and crew and safety equipment

Mooring to a buoy and alongside a pontoon, manoeuvring in confined spaces, wind on and wind off approaches

Anchoring, different types of anchors, mooring area selection

Recovering a man overboard, use of safety equipment

High speed manoeuvres,

Basic navigation techniques, tidal sequences, effects of wind against current flow

Types of craft and engines, maintenance checks, IRPCS, weather forecasts, emergency actions

Introduction to making longer journeys at sea.

After the Powerboat Level 2 Training Course

You will be able to handle a powerboat safely and with confidence in most everyday situations.

International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Power up to 10m

Holders of the RYA Powerboat 2 certificate can also apply directly for an ICC without any additional examination or powerboat training enabling them to hire powerboats anywhere, (subject to local laws).

We can assess your competence complete the application form with you and conduct assessments on a one to one basis. Please call Neil to discuss your requirements

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