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Powerboat Training Courses

Safetyboat Training

RYA National Powerboat Certificate (Level 1/2)

This course is designed to teach you the basic skills and background knowledge to become a competent powerboat driver. No previous experience is needed. You'll be taught in both planing and displacement craft.

The course content includes launching and recovery, boat handling at low and high speed and seamanship skills such as man over board. Certificates at Level 1 or 2 are awarded at the end of the 2 day course at the discretion of the Chief Instructor.

The level 2 certificate is the minimum club requirement to enable members to drive club boats whilst on rescue duty. This certificate also forms the basis of the test for the International Certificate of Competence required by drivers of powerboats in many other countries.

If you have driven a powerboat but have no PB2 qualification we offer a Direct Assessment half day in which you demonstrate your skills to an instructor and may be awarded the qualification.

New for 2106 we are introducing a 3 hour safety management element as an addition to the RYA course content, this session will give advice on club safety procedures and practical advice on how to manage safety whilst on duty covering both cruising and racing.

Age requirement for this course currently is a minimum of 16 years of age, there may be availability for under 16’s please contact the club for more nformation.

In 2016 there will be opportunities to attend short seminars/refreshers on Safety Boat issues. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Course Dates
PB2 27/28 Feb
PB2 26 Nov/3 Dec


Safety Boat Certificate

This 2 day course aims to introduce the techniques used in powerboats escorting racing fleets of dinghies and windsurfers, providing safety and rescue cover for training fleets and assisting in race management. You must already hold the level 2 National PB Certificate and have subsequent driving experience in order to participate on this course. It is also strongly recommended that safety boat drivers hold a current first aid certificate.

Course Dates
Safety Boat 05/06 Nov

Powerboat Refresher Course

This is suitable for anyone who has some powerboat driving experience but would like some guidance on specific techniques, or simply and update to skills and knowledge. You will be required to attend the October session if you are wanting to do the RYA safetyboat course in November. These sessions are FREE and flexible to accommodate your needs. It is also possible for someone with considerable driving experience but no formal qualification to complete a direct assessment for a RYA Level 2 during this time.

Course Dates
PB Refresher 14 Feb
 and on request  

For details on all powerboat courses contact Mark Harden email trainingpb@shsc.org.uk