Powerboating offers the best of both worlds, the leisurely pace of a gentle cruise and the thrill of zipping across the open water. RYA training will give you the confidence and skills to handle the boat safely and make the most of your time on the water, whatever your pace.
As well as courses for recreational boaters, RYA powerboat certificates are also used by professional open boat skippers who need to prove their competence or require professional qualifications for work.
So whether you use powerboats for leisure, work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you. Find out more about our powerboat courses below.
The National Powerboat scheme is comprised of a series of one and two-day practical courses that can be taken either onboard a centre’s boat, or your own. There’s something for all ages and levels of experience.
A one-day introduction to simple boat handling and the use of safety equipment.
A two-day course to get to grips with powerboat handling.
Two days of practical pilotage, passage planning and navigating by day.
Two days of planning and navigating more challenging passages by day and night.
Two days of hands-on recovery and fleet management techniques for dinghies and windsurfers for those operating in a training or racing environment.
This two-day course builds upon Level 2 Powerboat Handling skills, focussing on short-handed operations, passenger safety and comfort. Designed in consultation with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA).
Increase your confidence and get qualified with our navigation and specialist short courses.
A basic introduction to navigation for new skippers, crew or anyone interested in getting out on the water.
Get qualified to use a handheld or fixed marine VHF radio with our course and exam.
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