RYA Level 1 & 2 Powerboat Handling Course
Designed primarily for Junior Powerboaters, although adults may also attend. Juniors aged 8-11 are welcome to attend the course, and can achieve their RYA Level 1 Powerboat certificate (PB1) on successful completion.
Learn how to drive a powerboat safely. This entry-level course (includes Level 1 Start Powerboating) provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat competently in suitable conditions and forms the basis for an application for an International Certificate of Competence. It teaches boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, passage planning and collision regulations.
Junior Members (age 8-11) £10
Junior Members (age 12-16) £80, Junior Non-members (age 12-16) £135
Adult Members £120, Adult Non-members £200
2 days or equivalent number of sessions
8 (candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate).
Children aged 8-11 can undertake the RYA Level 1 Powerboat course.
Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds to observe), preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard (theory)
Qualification gained on successful completion
Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of the craft.
The successful candidate is awarded an RYA powerboat level 2 (PB2) certificate that requires a passport sized photograph. The PB2 certificate allows holders to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), an especially useful certificate if you plan to go boating abroad. The PB2 licence is also an essential requirement to become an RYA Instructor and is desirable for assistant instructors. Please note the Inland/Coastal distinction has now been removed so we are able to award the full PB2 licence.
Predominantly practical but with some classroom elements.
Student / instructor ratio
- Use of boats, training materials and equipment.
- Course handbook, certificate and log book.
- 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.
- Passport sized photograph.
- If you already have a syllabus/logbook, please bring it with you, including any certificates attached inside.
- What should I wear?
- 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.
- 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
- Water bottle
- Change(s) of clothing
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Tickets for RYA Level 1 & 2 Powerboat Handling Course
Last updated 8:33pm on 18 May 2022