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Our National Powerboat Scheme is for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches. These boats are generally powered by an outboard engine, do not normally have accommodation on board, and so are not intended for extended cruises. They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other watersports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.

Whether you use powerboats for leisure or work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you.

Powerboat courses

The programme comprises a series of practical courses which can be complemented by our navigation and other one-day support courses. 

Courses can be taken either onboard a centre's boat or your own boat and you can enter at any level, provided you have the relevant experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with your chosen Training Centre before booking your course.

For further details, choose a course from the list on the left of your screen.  View our online brochure here

Level 1 Start Powerboating

Level 2 Powerboat Handling



Safety Boat

Pre-course experience None None Boat handling to the standard of Level 2 Powerboat Handling with coastal endorsement Boat handling to the standard of the Intermediate course. Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard Boat handling to the standard of Level 2 Powerboat Handling . Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificates required
Minimum duration 1 day 2 days 2 days 2 days  2 days
Minimum age 8 12 16 17  16
Course content Boating safety, boat handling and basic theory Close quarters boat handling, planing speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations Daytime navigation skills, passage planning, use of plotting instruments, GPS and electronic navigation Skippering techniques for coastal and offshore passages by day and night Recovery techniques for various craft and fleet management afloat
Ability after course A basic understanding of powerboating Able to handle a powerboat in familiar waters by day Able to skipper a powerboat on coastal passages by day Able to skipper a powerboat on coastal passages by day and night Able to provide safety or support cover in a racing or training environment

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