Loch Insh Water Sports and Outdoor Activity Centre, near Aviemore, Scotland
The RYA's National Powerboat Scheme is for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches. These boats are generally powered by an outboard engine, do not normally have accommodation on board, and so are not intended for extended cruises. They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other watersports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.
Whether you use powerboats for leisure or work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you.
The programme comprises a series of practical courses which can be complemented by our navigation and other one-day support courses. Use them to increase your knowledge and confidence, or as a progression to the RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence which are recognised by maritime authorities worldwide.
Most courses take place over two days and can be taken onboard one of the Centre's boats.
You can enter the programme at any level, provided you have had the relevant experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with us before booking your course.
For further details, choose a course from the list on the ? of your screen.
From the age of 8 you can take our Level 1 Powerboat Course, and from the age of 12 you can take the Level 2 course. You will be taught in suitable boats that arent too big or heavy for you to handle, and your course will be adapted to suit your age and ability.
Powerboating is great fun and you can be driving the boat yourself in no time, practicing skills at high and low speed, and learning how to stay safe on the water.
After your course you will able to drive a powerboat under the supervision of an adult. From the age of 16 you can progress within our training scheme.
If you have really got the bug for powerboating why not prove your skills or have a go at racing. Check the RYA website for details click here!
You can also use RYA powerboat courses to work towards Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.
|Powerboat Level 1|
|Course content||Launching and preparing a boat, basic boat handling and returning to shore, background theory|
|Ability after course||Able to drive under supervision|
|Minimum duration||1 day|
|Minimum age||8. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate|
This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes Close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.
|Powerboat Level 2|
|Pre-course experience||None. May be preceded by Level 1|
|Course content||All you need to know for self-sufficient poweboating at a basic level. Course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat|
|Ability after course||Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions: aware of own limitations and those of craft|
|Minimum duration||2 days|
|Minimum age||12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate|
This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.
|Saftey boat Course|
|Pre-course experience||RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course|
|Assumed Knowledge||Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers|
|Course content||Boat handling, towing, fleet management, rescue techniques for sailing dinghies, windsurfers and canoes|
|Ability after course||Able to provide safety cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing|
|Minimum duration||2 days|