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Home / Events / NCSC Safety Boat Course (Part One Powerboat Driving) (MASTER)

NCSC Safety Boat Course (Part One Powerboat Driving) (MASTER)

31st December, 09:00 - 17:00

Course overview

An in-house (club members only) powerboat driving, safety and rescue course, designed to help the successful participant to be able to drive powerboats for club racing and perform general safety duties at Notts County Sailing Club. The course consists of two parts that run over 1 day each:

  • Part one (1 day) - powerboat driving and handling
  • Part two (1 day) - safety recovery and rescue

You may be required to attend more than 1 day to acquire the appropriate competencies and to be signed off as eligible to undertake club safety driver duties. If you have previous powerboat experience, i.e. you are RYA powerboat level 2 (PB2) certified, you may be eligible to skip part one of the course.

A skills assessment will take place at the beginning of the course to determine whether your driving and handling skills are at a suitable level to perform safety duties. In addition, existing drivers are welcome to attend for refresher training.

NB Powerboating is a cold activity (much colder than sailing) so we advise to come well-wrapped up; you can always remove layers if you are too hot. It is much harder to get warm again if you get cold. For the safety recovery and rescue day, you will get wet and you should be equipped for and prepared to enter the water.


Members £ FREE

Course pre-requisites


Course duration

1-2 days or equivalent number of sessions, dependent on experience

Minimum age

16 years


Boat handling (pontoon leaving and returning), rib placement (racing and training), casualty recovery (drift down/head up methods), righting capsized and total inversion dinghies, recovery of boats stuck on the mud and keelboat recovery (theory only).

Qualification gained on successful completion

Ability to undertake Club Duties with endorsement on SCM.



Student / instructor ratio


What's included

  • Use of boats, training materials and equipment.
  • Types of boats used: "planing" boats, i.e. RIBS, Pioneers and Rigiflex i.e. boats that lift up and move across, rather than through the water when at speed, and powered by outboard engines.

What you should bring

  • Depending on the time of year, the Galley may be open for the purchase of breakfast, lunch and hot and cold drinks. If it will not be, you will be advised in advance so that you can bring your own food. Hot water will always be available.
  • What should I wear? (Part One Powerboat Driving)
    • Buoyancy aid of correct specification e.g. adult 50N (one will be provided if you do not have your own)
    • Waterproof trousers and coat; wet weather gear even better!
    • Correct seasonal clothing and additional warm layers. Thin thermal layers are great for layering.
    • Appropriate enclosed footwear. Wellingtons, or shoes you don't mind getting wet are good. Remember wet feet get cold, so dinghy boots, we find, aren't great. No flip-flops or open-toed shoes please, in case you stub your toe!
    • Appropriate seasonal hat and gloves
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Change(s) of clothing
  • What should I wear? (Part Two Safety Boat)
    • Buoyancy aid of correct specification e.g. adult 50N (one will be provided if you do not have your own)
    • Correct seasonal wetsuit or drysuit
    • For inclement weather, a waterproof outer spray top or coat and base layers are recommended
    • Appropriate enclosed footwear, i.e. wetsuit boots or trainers that can get wet
    • Appropriate seasonal hat and gloves
    • Swimming costume and towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Change(s) of clothing


Any available tickets are member only.

Last updated 9:24am on 15 August 2022

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