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RYA Powerboat Training Courses, Dorset, South Coast UK

RYA Powerboat Level I, II, Intermediate, Advanced, Instructors and RYA Motorboat, RYA Motor Cruiser, Helmsman, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper Courses and Yachtmaster preparation.

We run the RYA practical courses all year round either own boat tuition or on charter vessels to suit your needs.  If you have specific dates, or a group booking, contact us with details and we will accommodate your training where possible around other course dates.

 

 

 

 

Please Note: Life jackets are provided if required and limited foul weather clothing may be available on request.

 
Please choose your course from the list below:

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course - Click to expand and collapse

Course Aim

The RYA Powerboat Level 1 course is a 1 day course designed as a practical introduction to Powerboat handling, safety and to increase confidence in your own skills. The course is taught onboard a powerboat (less than 7 metres in length) or our school RIB with additional charter fees.

 

Course Content

  • Launching and recovery
  • Preparation of boat and crew
  • Boat handling – manoeuvring
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Being towed

 

Previous Experience

No previous experience required. Minimum required age 8 years.

 

Course Materials

You will be sent the RYA powerboat practical course notes and logbook when your booking is confirmed. You should have navigation and safety equipment on board (can be provided if necessary).

 

Certification

Certification on successful completion of the 2 day course. We run a constant assessment and daily debrief to inform you how the course is progressing. There is no exam to pass at the end of this training.

 

Additional Information

Other RYA courses to consider alongside RYA Powerboat Level 1 practical are: RYA Basic Navigation and Safety Theory, 1 day sea survival and VHF radio course.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the course or safety equipment.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course - Click to expand and collapse

Course Aim

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is taught onboard a powerboat (less than 7 metres in length) or our school Rib. The Course aims to teach self sufficient power boating at a basic level and is ideal for those new to boats or wishing to increase basic competence in safety, launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery, chart work plus basic boat driving skills. After the Course you should be self-sufficient in the right conditions and aware of your own limitations and other craft.


Your increased confidence will mean greater enjoyment for the family and friends at sea, as they will feel confident in you. The course includes the ICC if required. (International Certificate of Competence) for boats under 10m, with an additional fee to the RYA.

 

Course Content

 

  • Launching and recovery
  • Preparation for sea
  • Boat handling – manoeuvring
  • The basics of navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Man overboard drills
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Mooring
  • Pontoon work

 

Previous Experience

No previous experience required. Minimum required age 12 years.

 

Course Materials

You will be given the RYA powerboat practical course at the start of the course. You should have navigation and safety equipment on board your own boat (can be provided if necessary). Please note, life jackets are available if needed. Participants will require their own clothing, waterproofs and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions over the 2 days, possibly wellies if it’s really wet and windy! A limited selection of PHSS waterproofs are available, please ask on booking.

 

Certification

Certification on successful completion of the 2 day course. We run a constant assessment and daily debrief to inform you how the course is progressing. There is no exam to pass at the end of this training. Eligible for the ICC.

 

Additional Information

Other RYA courses to consider alongside RYA Powerboat Level 2 practical are: RYA Basic Navigation and Safety Theory, 1 day sea survival and VHF radio course and First aid.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the course or safety equipment.

Level 2 certificate can be commercially endorsed.

RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course - Click to expand and collapse

Course Aim

This course is taught onboard a powerboat of less than 7 metres or our Rib. It aims to teach powerboating to a standard to complete short coastal passages by day. It covers basic navigation, plotting courses and putting this in to practice.

 

Course Content

 

  • Preparation for sea
  • Boat handling – manoeuvring
  • Mooring
  • The use of wind and tides
  • The art of navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making
  • Rules of the road
  • Man overboard

 

Previous Experience

Progression from RYA Level 2 or equivalent. Some shorebased experience is desirable and some practical experience useful but is not essential. Minimum age 16. Parents or guardians must accompany participants under the age of 18.

 

Course Materials

You should have navigation and safety equipment on board for own boat tuition but it can be provided if necessary. Please note, life jackets are available if needed. Participants will require their own clothing, waterproofs and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions over the 2 days, possibly wellies if it’s really wet and windy! A limited selection of PHSS waterproofs are available, please ask on booking.

 

Certification

Certification on successful completion of the 2 day course. We run a constant assessment and daily debrief to inform you how the course is progressing. There is no exam to pass at the end of this training. Eligible for the ICC.

 

Additional Information

Other RYA courses to consider alongside RYA Powerboat Level 2 practical are: RYA Basic Navigation and Safety Theory, 1 day sea survival and VHF radio course and First aid.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the course or safety equipment.

Note: This course will be run in conjunction with our training partner while our training RIB is in refit.

RYA Powerboat Advanced Courses - Click to expand and collapse

Course Aim

To teach advanced boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation up to the standards required to skipper a planing powerboat safely by day and night in tidal coastal waters in more demanding conditions which the candidate may know or be unfamiliar with.

 

Course Content

 

  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making & ability as skipper
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Use of engines
  • Boat handling
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations
  • Night pilotage

 

Previous Experience

Competent to standard of RYA Level 2 with experience or Intermediate, along with knowledge of navigation and chart work to level of Day Skipper Shorebased certificate. You must hold a current SRC/VHF operators certificate and First Aid certificate before you can book this course. Minimum age 17

 

Course Materials

You should have navigation and safety equipment on board for own boat tuition but it can be provided if necessary. Please note, life jackets are available if needed. Participants will require their own clothing, waterproofs and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions over the 2 days, possibly wellies if it’s really wet and windy! A limited selection of PHSS waterproofs are available, please ask on booking.

 

Certification

Certification on successful completion of the 2 day course. We run a constant assessment and daily debrief to inform you how the course is progressing. There is no exam to pass at the end of this training.

 

Additional Information

Please contact us if you have any question about equipment or the course.

RYA Advanced Powerboat Commercial Endorsement  detail below.

Note: This course will be run in conjunction with our training partner while our training RIB is in refit.

RYA Advanced Powerboat Commercial Endorsement - Click to expand ...

No Advanced Powerboat Course completion certificates issued after 1st January 2005 will be commercially endorsed. Candidates from that date onward will require an exam.  However, course completion certificates issued prior to 1st January 2005 may be still be endorsed. 
The exam system follows the same system that has been operated for commercial Yachtmasters and Coastal Skippers since the Codes of Practice were first introduced. 

 

The pre-requisite experience and qualifications for Advanced exam candidates will be as follows:

 

  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage (as a guide: 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours). For holders of the RYA Advanced powerboat course completion certificate this seatime is reduced to: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours).
  • VHF/SRC operator’s licence
  • Valid first aid certificate

 

On successful completion of the exam if you want to use your qualification commercially you will require a commercial endorsement.  Further details are available from page:  www.ryatraining.org, professional qualification section, commercial endorsement.

How do I arrange my advanced exam?

 

  • Via the RYA website. You can book and pay for the exam. A RYA Powerboat Examiner will contact you to arrange a time and location.
  • A Powerboat school (PHSS) can arrange it for you directly with the RYA.

 

You will need to provide the craft for the examination. This will either be your own craft or will (by arrangement) be a school craft.  Either way it will need to be totally seaworthy for night navigation very well spec’d with (as a guide) electronic navigation, depth sounder and the relevant safety kit for night passages. A detailed specification sheet will be available in due course.

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course - Click to expand and collapse

The Powerboat Instructor (PBI) Courses are generally run on request and ideally with 3 people to spread the cost.  Using your own boat also keeps the fee down. Subject to instructor and assessor availability we’ll run the course on your preferred dates if possible.

Candidates must fulfil the following criteria before taking part in the 3-day instructor training course:

 

  • Pass the PBI Assessment with your Logbook signed off.
  • Minimum age 16 (no candidates will be accepted for training under this age)
  • At least 5 season’s logged experience of powerboating, preferably in a range of boat types and sizes. For those who use powerboats as an integral part of their full time occupation this period is reduced to one season.
  • RYA National Powerboat Certificate Level 2
  • Valid First Aid certificate (either the RYA’s First Aid certificate, or one recognised by the Health & Safety Executive, covering the treatment of hypothermia and a minimum of six hours course length)
  • Existing Instructors wishing to teach the Advanced course must hold that level of certificate themselves, already be a Powerboat Level 2 Instructor and attend a two-day endorsement course (Minimum age 17 years)

 

The Powerboat Instructor Assessment Course 

PBI Candidates must attend a minimum four hour session prior to the PBI course to demonstrate their suitability to a RYA Trainer to attend the instructors course.  The RYA guidelines contain an outline of the assessment and are available from PHSS.  In short please make sure you handling and theory are at least up to Level Two standard for the assessment.  The aim is to make sure suitable candidates go on to do the instructors course and give everyone the best chance possible of being successful.


Group bookings taken, courses can be run anywhere subject to terms and conditions, call for details.

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