You may have already seen last month, the RYA unveiled their brand new Powerability scheme which will help disabled boaters to gain RYA recognised powerboat training and certification.

RYA Sailability Manager Joff McGill explains: “We’re really excited to officially launch RYA Powerability. Although using powerboats to get disabled people on the water is nothing new, this new scheme will be a stepping stone for some and for others it’s a chance to gain a first RYA certificate”.

The programme has been developed with Dart Sailability in Devon, which six years ago launched its own powerboat qualification after recognising potential in the young people and adults who sailed with them.

As part of the RYA Sailability certificate scheme, powerboaters can track their progress, develop their achievements and celebrate their success. Powerability compliments and dovetails into the RYA Powerboat training at level 1 with the syllabus covering everything from clothing and safety equipment, to getting started in a powerboat and developing crew skills.

“We hope Powerability will help to break down any barriers that might exist and build a pathway into the rest of the RYA powerboat scheme” Joff continues.

“For many disabled people, learning to drive a powerboat may not have been an option before, but now there will be more places to learn which have a range of accessible boats available”. 

The new Powerability logbook includes some 30 tasks with Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates available and can down be downloaded directly from the RYA Online Shop.

Achievement certificates can be issued by Sailability accredited sites that are also Recognised Training Centres for powerboating.

If you'd like more information about how your club can get involved click here