RYA Level 1 Start Powerboating

AIM: A practical instruction to boat handling and safety

Areas covered:

Launch and recovery (use of trailers, ramps, slipways, preparations, problems etc)

Preparation of boat (Equipment: lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailer, fire extinguisher, engine spares and tools, pump, paddles and oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit; Fuel: tanks and lines, type, re-fuelling procedures).

Boat handling (pre-start checks; starting and stopping, including use of kill cord on outboard engines, steering, controls, windage; Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, use of shallow drive level, low speed handling ahead and astern).

Picking up and securing a mooring buoy (preparation of mooring warp, method of approach, crew communication, making fast).

Leaving and coming alongside (preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way, speed and angle of approach, wind effect, method of approach in tidal stream or current, making fast alongside, leaving ahead and astern, use of springs).

Being towed (prepare own lines for towing, trim and balance under tow).

Shorebased teaching (rules of the road, safety procedures, personal buoyancy, rope work).


RYA LEVEL 1 Start Powerboating.


Using Our School Boat £210 per person.

Using Your Own Boat £285 per day, up to 3 people.

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling

AIM: To teach boathandling and seamanship in powerboats
DURATION: 2 days

Procurement of this certificate enables you to obtain the "International Certificate of Competence" by simply applying to the RYA.

Note: The majority of the course is practical and afloat but there will be several hours of theory work required ashore. The remainder of the theory work will be carried out through the course while afloat.

Areas covered:

Launch and recovery (Trailers, ramps, slipways, preparations, problems etc).

Boat handling under way (this constitutes the majority of the course).

Slow manoeuvres (securing to a buoy, coming alongside in various conditions/circumstances, anchoring (including various types), dealing with disabled craft - both your own craft and others, trim, loading, propeller angles etc).

High speed manoeuvres (planing, steering controls, S turns, U turns, power trim, emergency stop, man overboard).

During the course, we will also be looking at:

Different types of craft, engines and drives, ancillary and safety equipment, dealing with potential emergencies.

Finally, we will need some time ashore to deal with:

The buoyage systems, basic understanding of charts and compass, basic understanding of tides and tidal streams.

You will be required to wear a lifejacket at all times while afloat. We can provide these and waterproofs if required. You should also wear sunblock while afloat as a preventative measure against sun stroke.



RYA LEVEL 2 Powerboat Handling.


Using Our School Boat £330 per person.

Using Your Own Boat 

£285 per day or £570 for both days, up to 3people.

RYA Intermediate Powerboating

AIM: To teach powerboating up to the standard required to complete a short coastal passage by day.
DURATION: 2 days


Knowledge of Navigation, true and magnetic bearings, bearings and distance, chart symbols, tidal diamonds and tidal streams, use of pilot books, positions lines, use of marina locks (can be covered practically if appropriate).

An understanding of longitude and latitude, the principles of GPS, sources of forecast information and the interpretation of forecasts.


Use a plotting instrument and plot a course to steer (CTS).

Work out tidal heights for standard ports using a tidal curve.

Interpret buoyage.

Interpret specific IRPCS.

Use GPS waypoint navigation.

Be able to use a laminated chart afloat.

Use pilotage to enter an unfamiliar port by day.

Explain how to make a VHF emergency call.


The aim of the practical session is to put into practice the theory detailed above and to complete a passage.

To understand the importance of:

Boat Preparation

Boat Handling

Practical Pilotage

Passage Planning

Man overboard in more demanding conditions


RYA Intermediate Powerboating.


Using Our School Boat £330 per person.

Using Your Own Boat

£285 per day or £570 for both days, up to 3 people.

RYA Advanced Powerboating

AIM: To teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation up to the standards required to drive a planing powerboat safely by day and night in tidal, coastal waters.
DURATION: 2 days and part of 1 night

Assumed knowledge:

Candidates should be competent to the standard of National Powerboat Certificate Level 2 (coastal) with knowledge of navigation and chartwork to the level of the Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a First Aid Certificate and a VHF Operators Licence.

Areas covered:

Section A - Practical

Preparation for sea.

Preparation of powerboat, fuel and engine checks, stowing and securing gear.

Boat handling.

Characteristics of various hull forms and propeller configuration, knowledge of action to be taken in rough weather, understanding correct use of power trims and trim tabs, effects of tide/wind when manoeuvring including steering to transits, turning in tight confined spaces, berthing, picking up moorings etc.

Passage making.

Plans and pilotage for entry into or departure from harbour, use of leading and clearing lines, transits and sounding as an aid to pilotage, high speed navigation and GPS waypoint navigation.

Night cruising.

Powerboating at night, including entering and leaving harbour, special considerations for keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.

Section B - Shorebased


Sources of forecast information, interpretation of forecasts, terms used in shipping forecasts, including Beaufort Scale and their significance to small craft.

Rules of the road.


Use of engines.

Checks before and during running, how to bleed fuel system and change filters, transmission belts, changing propeller or sheer pin, emergency start cord.

Emergency situations.

Correct action to be taken in case of: fire, hull damage, medical emergency, VHF emergency, helicopter rescue, use of flares, man overboard and sector search.


RYA Advanced Powerboating.


Using Our School Boat £350 per person.

Using Your Own Boat 

£285 per day or 3570 for both days, up to 3 people.

Ribs 4 kids

AIM: A Unique Junior Training program specific to driving inflatable tenders in Salcombe Harbour

Areas covered:

  1. Safety Equipment
    1. Buoyancy Aid
    2. Suitable Clothing
    3. Kill Cord
    4. Bailer
    5. Paddles
    6. Harbour Layout guide
  2. Boat Care
    1. Preparation
      1. Fuel
      2. Engine
      3. Start/stop engine
      4. Gears
      5. Correct  tube inflation
  3. Local knowledge
    1. Weather conditions
    2. Tides
    3. Landmarks
    4. Navigation Marks
    5. Speed Limit Areas
    6. Where to leave your boat
  4. Basic Boat Handling
    1. Familiarisation
    2. Secure to a Buoy
    3. Come alongside a pontoon
  5. Rules of The Harbour
    1. Knowledge of collision regulations
  6. Beach Landings
    1. Planning
    2. Which Beach
    3. Hazards
    4. Method of approach
    5. Crew communication
    6. Mooring/Anchoring
  7. Anchoring
    1. Preparation
    2. Attachment to boat
    3. Don’t forget tide
  8. Knots
    1. Round turn and two half hitches
    2. Bowline
  9. Emergency Situations
    1. Engine failure
    2. Going aground (running out of water)


Ribs 4 Kids.


Using Our School Boat £210 per person.

Using Your Own Boat £285 per day, up to 3 people.


Note: Both School boat and Own boat require a minimum of 2 candidates.