The RYA’s National Powerboat Scheme is for those who use small, open powerboats for leisure or work, whether for their own sake or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue.
Examples of boats relevant to this scheme are sportsboats, RIBs, dories and launches which do not normally provide accommodation or cooking facilities.
Powerboating is a fantastic sport with styles of boat to suit everyone. Participation is increasing all the time with powerboating now standing out as a sport in its own right and our training scheme acknowledges the tremendous advances in boats, equipment and people’s aspirations.
The scheme comprises a series of practical courses which can be complemented by our navigation courses and other one-day support courses. Use them simply to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide.
Most courses take place over two days. By taking your course at an RYA Recognised Training Centre you can expect to be taught by an experienced, qualified instructor on seaworthy boats with a maximum of three trainees (depending on the level of course) Courses can be taken either onboard a centre’s boat or your own boat.
You can enter the scheme at any level, provided that you have the correct level experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with us before booking your course.
Children aged between 8 and 11 are able to take the Level 1 course, and once they are 12 they can take the Level 2 course. Their certificates will be endorsed to show that they must use boats only under the supervision of a responsible adult.
The RYA Level 1 Powerboat Course
Introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.
Suggested minimum pre-course experience: None.
Assumed knowledge: None. Minimum age 8. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate.
Course content: Launching and preparing the boat, basic boat handling and returning to shore. Background theory.
Ability after course: Able to drive under supervision.
Minimum duration: One day.
Cost of course:
Combination deal: Why not combine with RYA Powerboat Level 2 and get a Great Deal:
Adults RYA Powerboat 1 & 2: £330.00
12-16years RYA Powerboat 1 & 2: £250.00