Start boating: RIBs & Sportsboats
RIBS and sports boats are fun, fast and relatively affordable powerboats that deliver a wide range of appeal. Whether you want to explore the rugged coastline of Britain, have fun locally, go waterskiing or impress your friends with a thrilling experience then you will not be disappointed with what is available.
RIBS and sports boats can easily be towed behind a car which will allow you to travel anywhere in the UK or Europe on adventure holidays for added diversity.
What's it about?
RIBs and sports boats provide speed, excitement, versatility and fun. They are usually open boats powered by one or two engines and are most suitable for day excursions.
Try out on the water
Getting out on the water for the first time is easy with the RYA Training Centres and hire companies that are based all over the world.
The RYA runs an internationally recognised powerboat training scheme. The ideal course to get you started is the Level 1 Powerboat certificate, which takes just one day.
What you'll need
When starting out you will require minimal kit as the RYA Training Centre or hire company will supply all the necessary safety kit and wet weather clothing you will need.
Find a club
There are many clubs and associations in the UK which welcome newcomers to the sport. Joining a club is a great way to become involved with the sport, making it more accessible to everyone.
Where to buy
There are many specialist shops that stock a good range of kit. Ask the RYA Training Centre that you attend for advice and also look online for mail order companies and second hand kit.
Books, Websites and Magazines
The RYA is the leading publisher and retailer of boating books so look no further for all the literature you require. A wealth of information can also be obtained from specialist websites and magazines.
Download your information pack!
We’ve prepared an information pack to get you started with details of what you will need, where to go for advice, gear and courses.