Level 1 - This 1 day course is designed as a very basic introduction to powerboating. It will give you the skills to safely operate a powerboat at low speeds, knowing how to keep yourself safe.
Generally, this course is for juniors (age 8+) as most adults will go straight to the Level 2 course.
Level 2 - Ages 16+. This practical introduction to power boating will provide you with the very basic skills necessary to operate a powerboat safely and confidently. You will develop cover low speed, close quarter boat handling as well as driving at high speeds and doing various technical manoeuvres. You will also cover basic engine maintenance, navigation and weather.
RYA Safetyboat - This is invaluable for anyone wanting to assist as rescue cover for their local sailing club as well as those wanting to become instructors or those just wanting to learn more. You will cover how to safely rescue and recover a variety of water craft in a safe environment. You are expected to be an experienced powerboat driver who is confident manoeuvring boats in confined spaces.
All two day courses require a minimum number of participants to run for the full duration. However, we pride ourselves on never cancelling a course due to low numbers. Instead we can run a course in a reduced amount of time. For example a course with a ratio of 1:1 will run for 1 1/2 days.
The boats we use for all courses are 4.5-metre, 50hp RIBs and various
15-30hp Rigiflex boats.
This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.
It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.
Requirements & Outcomes
Assumed knowledge: Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate must be held prior to this course.
Minimum duration: 2 days
Minimum age: 16
Course content: Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users.
Ability after the course: Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing.