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RYA Safety Boat

For competent powerboat drivers, this course teaches you how to provide safety cover for a variety of watersports. Most of the course time is spent afloat learning and practicing techniques to rescue variety of watercraft from different situations, including sailing dinghies, windsurfers, and canoes. The course also looks at basic safety management of events and activities, and dealing with larger numbers of dinghies and multiple rescue boats.

Course Information


  • Preparation

  • Boat handling

  • Dinghy rescue

  • Windsurfer rescue

  • Kayak or canoe rescue

  • Towing

  • End-of-day procedures

  • Safety, suitability of craft

  • Local factors,

  • Communication

  • Rescuing other water users

Working towards

RYA Safety Boat, based on continuous assessment throughout the course


Course length

2 days

Course times

9:30 am - 5:00 pm each day

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



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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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