The RYA Powerboat Level 1 is a 1 day practical introduction course to power boat handling and safety.
During the day we look at:
Launching and recovering a boat
Launching and recovering a boat from and onto a trailer using slipways. We look how we need to set up the boat prior to launching and potential problems that could arise. We show you how to recover a boat on to a trailer by both driving the boat on and winching the boat on – again we look at potential problems
Preparation of boat
What do we need on the boat before we go to sea? We check equipment like lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailers, fire extinguisher, engine spares and tools, pump, paddles and oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit; is the fuel tank full, do we have a spare full fuel container, does the radio work, is the GPS working.
How we start and stop the engine; the use of a kill cord, steering – Steer then Gear, controls, how the boat is effected by wind and tides, trimming the engine as we get underway, high speed maneuvers, low speed handling both forwards and backwards. Picking up and securing a mooring buoy. Leaving and parking alongside a pier, pontoon or wall. Tying the boat up correctly and safely. How your boat should be towed if that becomes necessary.
We spend some time just before and just after lunch looking at the ‘Rules of the Road’, safety on your boat, the importance of life jackets and the differences between life jackets and buoyancy aids and the main knots we use with our boats
- 9am Meet your instructor, Tea and Coffee while we discuss the day. Get kitted up.
- 9.30 – 12 Practical session with the boats
- 12 – 2pm Lunch and shore based sessions
- 2 – 5 pm Practical session with the boats
- 5 – 5.30pm Review of the day