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Power Boat Courses

Power Boat Courses

Our Chief Instructor and Principal is a former RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Trainer with many years of powerboat training under his belt.


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

International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Power up to 10m

Holders of the RYA Powerboat 2 certificate can also apply directly for an ICC without any additional examination or powerboat training enabling them to hire powerboats anywhere, (subject to local bye laws). We can assess your competence afloat, complete the application form with you and conduct assessments on a one to one basis if required.

Powerboat  Level 1 

Duration: 1 day

Course: £180

The RYA Powerboat 1 course is a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. The course is designed to give a good basic understanding of how a powerboat works and moves and also covers all the safety issues related to operating a powerboat.  It also covers different designs and the preparation of both the crew and the boat before setting out afloat. After completion, you will be able to operate a powerboat under instruction from a skipper, safely and confidently in some basic situations.

Course Summary

  • Launching and recovery

  • Use of and types of personal safety equipment, use of boat hook

  • Boat handling manoeuvres, starting, stopping, use of kill cord, steering controls, low speed handling,

  • Securing to a mooring, leaving and coming alongside

  • Basic IRPCS

  • Rope work, different types of knots and ropes

  • Man overboard recovery

Powerboat  Level 2 

Duration: 2 days


£385 per person

£550 one-to-one

The RYA Powerboat 2 course is designed so students spend more than 70% of their time afloat. In this powerboat training course, the emphasis is very much on safe powerboat handling in harbours and out to sea. Time is spent learning the art of mooring, turning in confined spaces, recovering a man overboard and, of course, how to get a powerboat going fast on the plane and keeping it there comfortably. 

The theory section covers the rules of the road, how to plan a journey safely, weather and tides, and buoyage.There is no examination in the RYA powerboat 2 training course. Progress is determined by continuous assessment. On successful completion you will be able to handle a powerboat safely and with confidence in most everyday situations.

Course Summary

  • Preparation of boat and crew and safety equipment

  • Mooring to a buoy and alongside a pontoon, manoeuvring in confined spaces, wind on and wind off approaches

  • Anchoring, different types of anchors, mooring area selection

  • Recovering a man overboard, use of safety equipment

  • High speed manoeuvres,

  • Basic navigation techniques, tidal sequences, effects of wind against current flow

  • Types of craft and engines, maintenance checks, IRPCS, weather forecasts, emergency actions

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