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RYA Powerboat Courses

The RYA’s National Powerboat Scheme is for those who use small, open powerboats for leisure or work, whether for their own sake or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue. Examples of boats relevant to this scheme are sportsboats, RIBs, dories and launches.

The scheme comprises a series of practical courses which are used to increase your knowledge and confidence. Further progression can be made to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide.

Most courses take place over two days. Bowmoor is an RYA Recognised Training Centre and you can expect to be taught by an experienced, qualified instructor on a range of boats (dories, Ribs, etc).

Children aged between 8 and 11 are able to take the Level 1 course. Once they are 12 they can take the Level 2 course. Their certificates will be endorsed to show that they must use boats only under the supervision of a responsible adult.

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course

This is a one day course. It provides an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.
Suggested experience: None.
Minimum age 8.
Assumed knowledge: None.
Course content: Launching and preparing the boat, basic boat handling and returning to shore. Background theory.
Ability after course: Able to drive under supervision.
Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate.
Typical duration: One day.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

This is a two day course. It provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. The course includes Close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.
Suggested experience: None
Minimum age 12.
Assumed knowledge: None. However, it is often the case that this course has been preceded by a Level 1 course.
Course content: This course gives you enough understanding to use a powerboat without supervision. The course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery. It also provides, and gives a chance to practice, boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat.
Ability after course: Able to drive without supervision. Knowledge of limitations in skills and limitations of boats.
Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate.
Typical duration: Two days

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Bowmoor Safety Boat Course

A 1 day course to introduce rescue instruction to competent powerboat drivers.

Suggested Experience: Competent powerboat driver
Minimum age: 16

Ability after the course: To be able to rescue people from the water, to right capsized dinghies and to recover windsurfing boards.

To arrange dates and book please contact Paul Watson at training@bowmoor.co.uk