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Power Boat Courses




All RYA Powerboat courses have a maximum of 3 people per course.

We will run an individual 1-on-1 course, or with two or three people for the same course date. However, the course will only run with one person if specifically booked as a one to one and at the advertised price.

Location: St Katharine Docks, London

Essential Seamanship and Navigation

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Duration: 2 days


£180 per person

£360 one-to-one

We deliver this course via the classroom. It offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. It complements other on the water training courses such as the Powerboat Level 2.

It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.

Course Summary

  • Charts and Publications

  • Safety

  • Engine checks

  • Buoyage

  • Tidal awareness

  • Visual and electronic navigation

  • Pilotage

  • Rules of the road

  • Anchoring

  • Weather forecasts

Day Skipper Theory

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Duration: 40 hours

Run as evening classes or 3 weekends

Course: £385

We deliver this course via the classroom. A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. The course cost includes course pack & certification. We also provide plotters, dividers etc, but you are welcome to bring your own. Our day skipper courses will be held on our former lifeboat based in St Katharine Docks, a fantastic location to learn. 

Course Summary

  • The basics of seamanship

  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage

  • Chartwork

  • Electronic charts

  • Position fixing

  • Plotting a course to steer

  • Weather forecasting and meteorology

  • Tides

  • Collision regulations

  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat

  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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