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RYA Powerboat and Safety Boat Training 2022

RYA Powerboat Training

The Club plans to run a number of weekend and weekday courses over spring and summer to qualify for either the RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 certificate (PB2) or RYA Safety Boat.

460 460 powerboat handling

Two full days of tuition both on and off the water

Both courses are run by Colin Bower our Chief Powerboat Instructor and Powerboat Instructor Paul Jewell, both members of the Club, using the Club safety launches, Zulu and Bravo.

The PB2 course needs a minimum of 3 candidates (1 instructor), up to 6 using 2 instructors. The Safety Boat course can take up to 6 with one instructor.

Costs for these courses will be £226 for members and £251 for non-members. Both prices include all RYA course materials.

It may be possible to arrange 2-day courses during the week, or other weekend dates other than those listed below especially if this was for 3 candidates. Contact to enquire.

Proposed dates:

June 25/26 (likely to be a safety boat course)

July 9/10, 23/24

Aug 6/7

Contact if interested. Ideally provide date options as we can only run courses that are full subscribed (3 with one instructor or 6 with 2 instructors).

Full details about each courses are shown below and you can express interest in the current dates proposed by contacting

RYA Powerboat Handling 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,high speed handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations. The course is taken on the River Dart and out in the bay so is classed as a coastal certificate.

Course Requirements and Outcomes

Requirement Outcome
Assumed Knowledge None. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Power boating
Minimum Duration 2 Days
Minimum Age 12
Course Content Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard. High speed handling.
Ability after the Course Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft

RYA Safety Boat

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.

Requirements and Outcomes

Requirement Outcome
Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course
Minimum 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

Course Availability

The dates available can be used to run either a PB2 course or a Safety Boat course. Demand for each will dictate which course is run.

Proposed dates:

April 2/3, 23/24

May 7/8,21/22

June 11/12, 25/26

July 9/10, 23/24

Aug 6/7, 20/21

Contact if interested.

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