Junior Powerboat Level 1 Course (8-11 years)

This course is a one day introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

Assumed Knowledge: None
Course Duration: 1 day (0930-1700).
Age: 8-11 years
Course Content: Boat preparation, crew preparation, basic boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed.
Ability after the course: able to drive a powerboat under supervision

Under 16s powerboating courses will be run in similar ages, using suitable vessels that aren’t to heavy or difficult to handle.  To book an under 16 on a course, please select an under 16s specific course when booking. Under 16s courses will run during school holidays throughout the year.

Youth Powerboat Level 2 Course (12-15 years)

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Assumed Knowledge: None.May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
Course Duration: 2 day (0930-1700).
Age: 12-15 years old.  For under 16s the certificate will be endorsed to say ‘to be accompanied by a responsible adult’. This will be removed on the individuals 16th birthday.
Course Content: Launching and recovery, Boat preparation, crew preparation, boat handling, securing to a mooring buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, being towed, man overboard procedures.
Ability after the course: To be a self sufficient powerboat in appropriate conditions, to be aware of own limitations, and those of the vessel.

Under 16s powerboating courses will be run in similar ages, using suitable vessels that aren’t to heavy or difficult to handle.  To book an under 16 on a course, please select an under 16s specific course when booking. Under 16s courses will run during school holidays throughout the year.

Youth Powerboat Cruising (12-16 years)

The Youth Powerboat Cruising course is designed for anyone who has completed an RYA Powerboat Level 2 course and would like to to build on the skills learned and to start looking at navigating and managing a boat further afield.

The course is based around the adult RYA Intermediate Course, and will look at more advanced aspects of boat handling, navigating at speed, and planning short passages by day.  It will use our new training vessels, and be delivered in a fun and informative manner by our highly experienced Advanced instructors.

Course content includes: a recap on Level 2 manoeuvres and skills, rough weather handling, navigation techniques, responsibilities as a skipper, and passage planning.

Assumed Knowledge: RYA Youth Level 2 course to have been completed.
Course Duration: 2 day (0930-1700).
Age: 12-16 years old.  Please note that this course is to develop candidates skill level and is not certificated.
Course Content: Planning an day trip, boat preparation, pilotage, passage planning, rough weather handling.
Ability after the course: To be able to plan and execute short passages under the supervision of a competent adult.

2020 Course dates

27/28th June

25/26th July

22/23rd August

Under 16s powerboating courses will be run in similar ages, using suitable vessels that aren’t too heavy or difficult to handle.  To book an under 16 on a course, please select an under 16s specific course when booking. Under 16s courses will run during school holidays throughout the year.

Powerboat Level 1

This course is a one day introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

Assumed Knowledge: None
Course Duration: 1 day (0930-1700).
Minimum age: 16.  For under 16 years old, see Junior and Youth Powerboating courses.
Course Content: Boat preparation, crew preparation, basic boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed.
Ability after the course: able to drive a powerboat under supervision

Under 16s powerboating courses will be run in similar ages, using suitable vessels that aren’t to heavy or difficult to handle.  To book an under 16 on a course, please select an under 16s specific course when booking. Under 16s courses will run during school holidays throughout the year.

Please contact us for course dates, as these are run on request

Powerboat Level 2

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Assumed Knowledge: None.May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
Course Duration: 2 day (0930-1700).
Minimum age: 16.  For under 16 courses, see Youth Powerboat courses (12-15 years)
Course Content: Launching and recovery, Boat preparation, crew preparation, boat handling, securing to a mooring buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, being towed, man overboard procedures.
Ability after the course: To be a self sufficient powerboat in appropriate conditions, to be aware of own limitations, and those of the vessel.

Courses are scheduled to run every weekend throughout the year.  Please follow the ‘book now’ link to look at the calendar and to book

Intermediate Powerboat Course

This two day course covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques.

This course builds on the foundation knowledge of the Level 2 Powerboat Handling course and is suited to those who aim to drive larger more powerful powerboats, and wanting to go farther afield. During the two days you will cover, cruising at planing speed and more advanced boat handling. It is recommended for anyone considering moving on to the Advanced course.

Assumed Knowledge: Boat Handling to the standard of Level 2, with a coastal endorsement. Knowledge to the standard of day skipper theory is recommended. It is also recommended that candidates hold an RYA First Aid certificate and VHF/SRC operators licence.
Course Duration: 2 day (0930-1700).
Minimum age: 16
Course Content: Planning a day cruise, boat preparation, boat handling, pilotage, passage making, man overboard.
Ability after the course: Able to plan and execute short coastal passages by day.

 

2020 Course Dates 

8/9th February

25/26th Jan

22/23 Feb

21/22 March

25/26th April

23/24th May

26/27th Sept

24th/25th Oct

21/22nd Nov

Safety Boat Course

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.  Please note that these courses are run through our partner company Port Edgar Watersports CIC.

Assumed Knowledge: Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate must be held prior to this course. It is recommended that the candidate holds an RYA First Aid certificate and VHF/SRC licence.
Course Duration: 2 days
Minimum age: 16
Course Content: Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users
Ability after the course: Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing

Powerboat Tender Operators Course

Attendees will gain confidence in their ability to manoeuvre a powerboat more smoothly but the real benefit is the emphasis on learning important skills in pilotage, both day and night, and passenger carriage and management.

The course includes plenty of time to practice working with a crew member and operating short-handed.  In navigation terms, the emphasis is on short ship-to-shore transfers by day and at night

Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling with Coastal endorsement. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid and VHF / SRC operators certificate.
Course Duration: 2 days
Minimum age: 17
Course Content: Passenger safety and comfort, daytime pilotage, night time pilotage, emergency situations, associated theory.
Ability after the course: Confident undertaking short ship to shore transfers by day and night.

Courses are scheduled on request.  please contact for information

Advanced Powerboat Course

This course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night. It includes navigation at planing speed, weather and other aspects of skippering powerboats on more challenging passages in coastal waters.

Anybody undertaking this course must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course.

Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of the navigation and chartwork to the level of Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid certificate and a VHF operators certificate.
Course Duration: 2 days including at least 1 night navigation exercise
Minimum age: 17
Course Content: Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, use of engines, emergency situations, night cruising.
Ability after the course: Able to plan and execute coastal trips and return to a familiar port by night.

Advanced exams  (required for Commercial endorsements) can be arranged on request.  please contact us for details.

2020 Course Dates

1st/2nd February 2020

5th/6th March 2020

3/4th October

31st Oct/1st Nov

5/6th Dec

Powerboat Mile Builder

This course is designed for anyone who would like to top up their miles and hours in a powerboat.  Particularly aimed at those who are planning to do an Advanced Course, and Advanced exam, or would just like to spend more time out in a powerboat.  It will be focussed around basic passage planning, covering longer distances over the two days, and delivered by one of our commercially endorsed advanced instructors.

Example trips could be down to North Berwick, Around the isle of May, up to St Andrews, or around to St Abbs.  We will aim to complete at least 50 miles per day, and will do some night passages if you require this as well.

Passages will be taken in our new Cat 3 coded RIB, with full coding equipment and state of the art electronic navigation equipment, and your instructor will be a commercially endorsed Advanced powerboat instructor.

Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of the navigation and chartwork.
Course Duration: 2 days including at least 1 night navigation exercise (this excludes courses running during the summer).
Minimum age: 17
Course Content: Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making  night cruising.
Ability after the course: To have another 100 logged miles

2020 Course Dates

27/28th February 2020

26/27th March 2020

27/28th August

29/30th Oct

26/27th Nov

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