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RYA Powerboat Level 1

Learn the basics of powerboats in 1 day. This course is great if you'd just like to get an introduction to boat handling and safety. Perfect for those who will be crewing for others or driving under supervision. If you'd like to learn to be in charge of a small powerboat, then look at our RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses, which also require no prior expereince, but cover more advanced skills.

Course Information


  • Launch and recovery (observation only for 8-11 year olds)

  • Preparation of boat and crew

  • Boat handling

  • Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy

  • Leaving and coming alongside

  • Man overboard (theory)

Working towards

RYA Level 1 Start Powerboating, based on continuous assessment throughout the course


  • age 8+*

  • no experience necessary.

*Under 16s are only qualified to operate a powerboat under the supervision of a competent adult.

Course length

1 day

Course times

9:30 am - 4:30pm

What do you need to bring?

  • Warm layers

  • Tough boots or shoes, ideally waterproof

  • Lunch (kettle and microwave available)

What do we provide?

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Warm drinks and biscuits during the course

Maximum teaching ratio

3 students per instructor



Any questions? Send us an email at

Course Dates and Booking


None of the dates below suit? Register your interest in a course here, and we will send you an email when new dates are scheduled. We can sometimes arrange extra dates for courses where there are multiple students interested, send us an email at

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