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 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.

Assumed Knowledge: None. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating, but not required.
Course Duration: 2 day (0930-1700).
Minimum age: 16. For under 16 years old, see Junior Powerboating courses.
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 throughout the year.  Please follow the link to look at the calendar and to book. When you have successfully completed you Powerboat Level 2 qualification and have obtained a VHF licence you will be eligible to join the Edinburgh Boat Club.

Powerboat Level 2 courses can be taken in your own boat, at a location of your choosing.  Please contact us for more information and to make a reservation.


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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.  For courses for under 16s, see Junior Powerboating courses.
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.


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Advanced Powerboat Preparation

This course is designed for anyone who would like to top up their miles and hours in a powerboat and develop their navigation skills.  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 brand new boat ‘Forth Ranger’, 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.  For courses for under 16s, see Junior Powerboating courses.
Course Content: Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making  night cruising.
Ability after the course: ready to sit the Advanced Powerboat Course


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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.


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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

These courses are run through our partner organisation Port Edgar Watersports CIC, and if you cannot find suitable dates then please contact us for details.


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Powerboat Tender Operators Course

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 us for information

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


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