RIBs and sports boats are fun and fast powerboats that deliver a wide range of appeal. Take one out with your family - they are perfect for exploring foreign waters, having fun locally or going waterskiing.
RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are one of the most seaworthy and safe vessels afloat. They have a solid hull and inflatable tubes to provide excellent stability and seaworthiness, even in rough seas. Due to their relative lightness RIBs deliver excellent performance, making a durable and versatile craft.
Sports boats (also known as speed boats) are small fast vessels and are normally powered by one or two outboard engines. They are capable of extremely high speeds and are regularly used for waterskiing, wakeboarding and even racing.
Sum it up
Fast and fun. Although more suitable to day boating, these boats are capable of long distances too – some have even crossed the Atlantic!
Try it out
Getting out on the water for the first time is easy with the RYA Training Centres that are based all over the world – so whether you’re at home or on holiday, you can give it a try.
What you'll need
When starting out you will require minimal kit as the RYA centre that you choose will provide all the necessary safety equipment you need including wetsuits, buoyancy aid and crash helmets. Some recommended basics that you will need are sunglasses/goggles, sun block, non slip deck shoes and warm clothing. Do not forget some dry clothes for when you get off the water!
Get a qualification
The RYA runs an internationally recognised powerboat training scheme. The ideal course to get you started is the Level 1 Powerboat certificate (minimum age 8), which takes just one day.
Please be aware that age restrictions apply for certain courses.
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