If you want to learn to drive a boat in beautiful surroundings these RYA courses in Scotland have got to be top of your location list! This is powerboat training in Scotland’s most southerly point as you head out into the seas off the coast of Dumfries & Galloway.
It’s a thoroughly stunning setting for your powerboat course. The RIB boat you’ll be using for training is moored up at the Isle of Whithorn harbour which despite it’s name is actually on the Scottish mainland. Your instructor and host for the full day course is Miles who is a highly qualified outdoor activities guide who loves this part of the world.
We have to say it’s hard not to get totally immersed in the glorious setting you’re in but you’re here to learn how to pilot the RIB so it’s time to get power boating! Your training follows the RYA Powerboating Level 1 syllabus which aims to give ‘A practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats’.
Throughout your day on the water you’ll practice things like ‘coming alongside’ to moor the boat ‘holding station’ and practicing ‘man overboard’ procedures (don’t worry non-one will be falling in the water). You’ll also get plenty of time to try out fast and slow speed manoeuvres so you can feel the wind blowing in your face.
Totally unique to this powerboat training course in Scotland is the chance to include one nights’ accommodation in Cornmill; Miles and Katie’s bed and breakfast. This original 1850s corn mill (complete with mill wheel) is situated just a few miles north of the Isle of Whithorn at Garlieston a sleepy coastal village with the incredible sunsets and vistas that only the west of Scotland can do.
You’ll be welcomed on a bed breakfast and evening dinner basis with even a packed lunch provided for you for your day of training. As your hosts will tell you: ‘Time passes slowly here. Garlieston is the quietest of the old Scottish fishing villages.’ But not so quiet that there isn’t a lovely traditional pub for you to celebrate getting your certificate for your level 1 RYA course in Scotland with a wee dram!