Taking place in the ideal training area of Brightlingsea, Our courses are taught in either of our Ribcraft RIBs- Rigid Inflatable Boats.
This will give you the Planing endorsement to your powerboat qualifications.
We can also arrange 'own-boat' tuition, bespoke days, ICC Assessments and Level 2 Direct Assessments.
RYA Level 2
The most popular course, the driving licence of powerboats and the basis if the International Certificate of Competence.
The purpose of this course is to teach boat handling and seamanship in power boats. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planning and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type(s) of boat in which the training took place.
Duration: 2 Days
Minimum Age: 12
Please note 12-15 year olds will receive the Level 2 Certificate which will be endorsed - "The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult."
RYA Level 1
The start of the RYA Powerboat Scheme. There is no need to complete this course before going for the Level 2, but it can provide a useful starting point for younger powerboaters.
To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planning and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type(s) of boat in which the training took place.
Duration: 1 Day
Minimum Age: 8
Please note: 8-11 year olds will receive the Level 1 certificate which will be endorsed - "The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult on board the craft."
12-15 year olds will receive the Level 1 certificate which will be endorsed - "The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult."
RYA Intermediate Powerboat
This course covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques.
This course builds on the foundation knowledge of the Level 2 Powerboat Handling course and is suited to those who aim to drive larger more powerful powerboats. During the two days you will cover, cruising at planing speed and more advanced boat handling. It is recommended for anyone considering moving on to the Advanced course.
Candidates should be competent to the standard of National Powerboat Certificate Level 2 with coastal endorsement. The course may be conducted on a planing or displacement boat.
Knowledge to the level of Day Skipper theory is recommended. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid certificate and a VHF/SRC operator’s certificate.
Planning a day cruise, boat preparation, boat handling, pilotage, passage making, man overboard
Duration: 2 Days
Minimum Age: 16
RYA Advanced Powerboat
This course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night.
It includes navigation at planing speed, weather and other aspects of skippering powerboats on more challenging passages in coastal waters.
Anybody undertaking this course must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course.
Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, use of engines, emergency situations, night cruising
Duration: 2 Days including a Night Exercise
Minimum Age: 17
If you are wishing to use this certificate commercially, you will need to undertake the Advanced Powerboat Exam. We can arrange this and supply an appropriate vessel. We can discuss this with you when taking the course.
RYA Tender Operator
Originally intended for operators responsible for ferrying passengers between Superyachts and the shore, this course is very useful for anyone operating a powerboat day or night with responsibility for carrying passengers.
Designed in conjunction with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) this course is intended to build upon a candidate's basic powerboating knowledge and skills.
Attendees will gain confidence in their ability to manoeuvre a powerboat more smoothly but the real benefit is the emphasis on learning important skills in pilotage, both day and night, and passenger carriage and management.
The course includes plenty of time to practice working with a crew member and operating short-handed. In navigation terms, the emphasis is on short ship-to-shore transfers by day and at night.
Passenger safety and comfort, daytime pilotage, night time pilotage, emergency situations, associated theory.
Duration: 2 Days
Minimum Age: 17
Why Choose Us?
Experience- We want you to have a great time and great fun learning with us. It needs to be professional, appropriate, worthwhile and fun for you and we work hard to provide this.
Instructors- We only use skilled instructors that know their stuff, and want you to enjoy your course.
Location- We have a great training area. Surrounded by beautiful views, in a sheltered harbour on the renowned East Coast. The best of both worlds- shelter in one direction, and open water the other. It has all the facilities for a great course.