RYA Powerboating Course

RYA Powerboating Course


We offer all of the courses in the RYA Powerboat Scheme.

Our Powerboat fleet consists of:

  • 4 Jeanneau Rigiflex with 9.8hp tiller steered outboards
  • 1 XS 4.6m RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with 60hp Mercury Outboard
  • 1 XS 6.5m RIB commercially coded Cat 4 vessel with 200hp supercharged Mercury Outboard.

There are 5 levels to the scheme, which are listed below. Please also check out the RYA website www.rya.org.uk.

All Participants must be aged 14 years and above and be confident around water.

All courses run from 9.00am – 5.00pm except the Advanced Course which includes a night passage.

Courses are offered 7 days a week. Private tuition for fast track individuals is also available, please call us for more information.

Additionally to RYA Powerboat Courses we also offer a Skipper Charter of our largest craft. Please see  details or call into the centre to pick up a brochure.


Level 1

This course provides a practical introduction to boat handling skills and is aimed at the novice boater who wishes to get a taste of boating, however 90% of our customers start at level 2.

Pre-Requisites – None

Cost: £140.00 pp

Duration: 1 day


Level 2

This is the most popular of RYA courses and is known as the National Powerboat Certificate. Successful completion of this course allows candidates to apply for an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This is normally required in most European counties for using or chartering a boat.

Included in the course syllabus is:

  • Launching and recovery
  • Boat Handling
  • Securing to Moorings
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and Coming alongside
  • MOB (Man Over Board)
  • Shorebased subjects
  • Coastal
  • Pre-requisites – None

Cost: £220.00 pp

Duration: 2 days

Direct assessment is available for the Level 2 National Powerboat course however this is assessment with no training and candidates should have at least one full seasons powerboat handling experience. Please call the bookings team for more information on direct assessment.


Intermediate Day Cruising

A great course for those wishing to develop their skills and learn the skills and knowledge to plan and undertake short coastal passages by day.

Covers practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters, using both traditional and electronic navigation techniques.

Assumed Knowledge

Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Nartional Powerboat Certificate Level 2 with Coastal Endorsement.

Cost: £260.00

Duration: 2 days


Advanced Powerboat course

This course is aimed at the experienced boater both professionals and keen amateurs with a number of years experience under their belt.

The course provides the skills and background knowledge needed by powerboat drivers operating by day or night in known or unfamiliar waters, the skippers role and boat handling in more demanding conditions.

Candidates are expected to be very experienced boat handlers and have a good knowledge of navigation and chartwork up to the level of day skipper. Due to the demands of this course there is no time for candidates to be “taught” navigation and chartwork.

If you feel you have weaker area’s in your knowledge please contact us to discuss this before booking your course.

This is mainly a practical course and candidates should expect to be capable of navigating at speed by night in unfamiliar waters using a variety of techniques.

Pre-requisites – You are required to hold a first aid cetificate and VHF operators licence.

Cost: £310.00

Duration: 2 days, including night passage

Please note, we run this course on a maximum ratio of 1:3 students.


Safety Boat Course

Introduces the techniques used in powerboats escorting fleets of racing dinghies and windsurfers, providing safety and rescue cover for training fleets and assisting in race management.

Courses are run on demand by the centre and also through the RYA North East Training section.

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