The RYA Powerboat course is highly recommended for anyone using a small powerboat. It covers all aspects of safety, boat handling and knowledge of tidal waters, although only at a basic level – there is always more to learn, and further training is a good idea.
Courses run from March through October and are organised to meet demand.
We can also offer individual one day training/assessment courses for experienced powerboat handlers.
RYA POWERBOAT COURSE:
Level 1: Start Powerboating
Provides a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. It covers boating techniques for preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving, and coming alongside a pontoon, man overboard (theory), launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer.
This is a one-day introduction to Powerboating with no previous experience required. Taking place at the Coquet Shorebase on The Braid, Amble, using the Coquet Estuary and the sea out to Coquet Island. The course is taught on our 4.8m Ribcraft RIB, which has a steering console, but we may also use an Orkney dory with tiller steering.
On completion of the course, you should be able to handle a powerboat safely under supervision and will be given the certificate for planing craft with coastal endorsement.
Our courses generally have between two and six participants. They can take place both at weekends and weekdays. (Times and dates depend on the tide times).
RYA POWERBOAT COURSE:
LEVEL TWO: Powerboat handling
O The RYA Level 2 certificate is the standard generally accepted by insurance companies and boat hire firms and can be converted to an International Certificate of Competence for use abroad. It provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and aims to teach boat handling and seamanship in small powerboats, focusing on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.
This is a two-day course (8 hours per day) and takes place at the Coquet Shorebase on The Braid, Amble, using the Coquet Estuary and the sea out to Coquet Island. No previous experience is necessary, and on successful completion of the course you should be able to handle a powerboat safely in familiar waters by day and will be issued with the certificate for planing craft with a coastal endorsement.
The course is taught on our 4.8m Ribcraft RIB, which has a steering console, but we may also use an Orkney dory with tiller steering
Our courses generally have between two and six participants. They can take place both at weekends and weekdays. (Times and dates depend on the tide times.)
See our ‘Whats On’ page for scheduled course dates.
Experienced handler – direct assessment £180
RYA POWERBOAT COURSE:
RYA SAFETY BOAT
This course trains competent powerboat drivers in fleet rescue and the techniques required when rescuing small craft. It is useful for those wishing to work at a watersports/outdoor centre professionally or to assist with rescue cover at their sailing club and is also a pre-requisite for the RYA Senior Instructor course.
The 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
Should have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course. Minimum age 16
It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).
The course will cover preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue, towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users.
It will take place at both our Coquet Shorebase on The Braid, Amble, using the Coquet Estuary and the sea out to Coquet Island and at our Hire base on Ladyburn lake, Druridge bay country park. The course is taught using our 4.8m Ribcraft RIB, which has a steering console and our Jeanneau Rigiflex with tiller steering
Please note this course requires a minimum of 3 candidates to run so we do not schedule courses without any prior bookings, so please email or call our office to express an interest and we will do our best to match you with other interested parties on dates that are suitable to all.
2 day course: £260 per person (minimum 2 people).
Single person supplement £20.00
1 day 1-1 bespoke training or assessment for experienced people only: £180.
Certificates (passport photo needed) and RYA handbooks are included in the price.