The RYA Powerboat Level 1 is a one-day practical introduction course to powerboat handling and safety.
During the course, we will cover:
Launching and recovering
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 talk you through how to recover a boat on to a trailer by both driving and winching the boat on, considering potential hazards that may arise.
Preparation of boat
We discuss pre-launch checks that must be carried out for safe boating. We’ll check all necessary equipment is present and in good working order such as fenders, anchor, flares, fire extinguisher and spare fuel containers. We will also check the navigational equipment is working.
This part of the course covers all the basics of safe boat handling. We take you through the use of a kill cord, starting and stopping the engine, steering (using the ‘steer then gear’ method) and boat controls. The course will give you an understanding of how the boat is affected by wind and tide, how engine trimming works and start to discuss high speed manoeuvres, as well as low speed handling both backwards and forwards.
We’ll go through picking up and mooring a buoy, leaving and parking alongside a pier, pontoon or wall, plus tying the boat up correctly and safely. The course covers towing a boat too, a skill you may need in an adverse situation.
During the course, we will spend some time looking at the theory needed to operate a powerboat safely. We will look at the importance of lifejackets/buoyancy aids, discuss the main knots used on boats and consider local byelaws, insurance and awareness of other water users.
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