Powerboat Training

RYA Safety Boat

A two-day course running at the same time (but separately) as Powerboat Level Two courses.

This 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.

Assumed knowledge Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course

Minimum duration Courses are 3 days for members. The taught part of the course is usually two consecutive Saturdays and requires attendance on both days. The extra day is to complete the course is an opportunity to put your new skills into practice, by providing safety cover for an adult dinghy course. You will be contacted after completing the taught element of the course.

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. Be able to helm the rescue boat as a ‘BOAT OFFICER’.

Powerboat Level Two

A two-day course running at the same time (but separately) as Safety Boat courses.

This course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. SUITABLE FOR ALL MEMBERS.
It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. Our course follows the ‘inland’ part of the syllabus and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

A RYA issued Power-boating card will be issued to those satisfactory completing the course.

You will need to provide a passport style photograph on completion of the Powerboat course.

The course and certificate are free. However, you will be required to purchase the RYA ‘Start Power-boating’ and the RYA ‘Powerboat Schemes & Logbook’. Both will available at the start of your course. (Current costs are £25 pp)

Assumed knowledge: None.

Minimum duration: Courses are 3 days for members (2 day non-members). The taught part of the course is usually two consecutive Saturdays and requires attendance on both days. The extra day to complete the course is an opportunity to put your new skills into practice, by providing safety cover for an extra day (BO for SB course, ABO for PB2). This could be done, ideally, helping on an Adult Dinghy Course where there are instructors available and time to get some practice in.

Minimum age: 12 yrs. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

Course content: Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard, basic navigation, collision regulations, close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres.

Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft. Hollowell minimum standard to drive a powerboat unsupervised.


Useful Links

Please read this material BEFORE doing the course

  • About Rescue Boat Web Page
  • How to parbuckleWeb Page
  • Using Entel Radios Web Page
  • Current Safety NoticesWeb Page
  • Water Safety PolicyPDF

  • Course Booking

    Our preferred method is with WebCollect. Contect here to go to your Webcollect page

    However, you may also send a booking form by post or scan. Full contact details are on the form.

    Carol Halliday EMAIL if you have any queries about powerboat courses.

    Notes

    We also run courses mid-week (usually Thursdays) this is arranged if three or more people can do it - contact Carol if you think this may suit you better.

    In order to allocate yourself as a BOAT OFFICER of the duty rota you must have the PB2 certifcate. If is recommended that ALL PB2 holders also do the Safety Course.

    If an experienced (non-certificated) power boater joins the club it is possible to have a direct assessment done. Contact Carol Halliday