These two-day Level 1 & 2 RYA Powerboating courses are a great opportunity to have fun learning the basic seamanship skills you need to handle a powerboat safely – and at the same time to gain a useful qualification from the Royal Yachting Association.
Courses take place in the sheltered waters of Poole Harbour in Dorset. It’s one of Europe’s finest harbours offering a perfect environment for an introduction to the art of driving a powerful boat and an ideal place to build up confidence.
Day one and you embark on Level 1 of the power boating course where you’ll learn how to control a powerboat in some of the most common situations faced by mariners. Following a boat safety briefing you go aboard for instruction covering several basic manoeuvres such as coming alongside picking up buoys mooring and “man overboard” procedure. You will practice each of these several times to ensure you are comfortable and confident.
In the afternoon the lessons continue out on the water with training on general seamanship including awareness of other boat users and the International Regulation for Prevention of Collisions at Sea. You’ll learn how to predict tides and their effect on your speed and course. There’s also work on weather conditions and how they affect the handling of your craft as well as ropework including tying knots.
The next day it’s back to the marina for your second day of training. You will be going more in-depth into power boating learning more advanced manoeuvres and driving the powerboat at higher speeds. All these elements are essential parts of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 curriculum. It includes a final practical assessment in which you will be required to perform each of the manoeuvres learned during the course in order to obtain the International Certificate of Competence as well as the RYA Levels 1 & 2 qualification.
All the RYA qualified instructors are experienced professionals and know how to introduce their students to safe and enjoyable boat driving. The marina is in a superb location near to Poole and offers the ideal training ground for you to hone your powerboat driving skills with loads of hands on boat time too as the vast majority of tuition is done whilst out on the water.