Fun for All

Start Powerboating


From £129, based out of Fowey.


Successful completion of the course leads to award of the RYA Level 1 certificate, and the ability to drive a powerboat under supervision.


The Level 1 is a safe, controlled and enjoyable introduction to power boating aimed at juniors.  Our professional Royal Yachting Association instructors can give students a confidence-building and memorable experience that will lay the foundations for a lifetime of fun, safe boating.


Summary of what's included :-


  • Launch and recovery of a boat (8-11 year olds observe)

  • Preparation of boat and crew

  • Boat handling

  • Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy

  • Leaving and coming alongside

  • Towing and being towed


Previous Experience Required: None.


RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course Syllabus


Aim: To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats.


  • Launch and Recovery (8-11-year-olds to observe only):

  • Considerations to be taken during the launch

  • The use of a trailer or launching trolley

  • Considerations to be taken regarding sea conditions and hazards

  • Construction, width and condition of ramp/slipway.


  • Preparation of boat and crew:

  • Personal buoyancy and appropriate clothing

  • The use of the following equipment: lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailer, fire extinguisher, pump, paddles/oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit and a sharp knife

  • Perform the following: fasten a cleat and stow an anchor.


  • Boat handling:

  • Planing of boats: propeller angle and immersion, use of shallow drive.  (Typo - replace Planning’ with ‘Planing’ please!)

  • Low speed handling: ahead and astern

  • Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way in neutral

  • How to carry out pre-start checks, including fuel tank and fuel bulb

  • Steering controls and windage

  • Steer and control boat speed

  • Start and stop the engine

  • Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times.


  • Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy:

  • Preparation of mooring warps

  • Use of a boat hook

  • Method of approach

  • Crew communication

  • Making fast.


  • Leaving and coming alongside:

  • Wind effect

  • Approach in tidal stream or current

  • Leaving - ahead or astern

  • Demonstrate the use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way

  • Control speed and approach angle

  • Make fast alongside

  • Being towed

  • Preparing own lines for towing

  • Accepting a tow

  • Securing tow lines

  • Trim and balance under tow.


  • Man Overboard:

  • How to stop the boat

  • Raising the alarm

  • Prevention.





  • Loading and balancing the boat and the effect on handling and performance

  • Local bye laws and insurance

  • Crew numbers: minimum number in the boat, keeping a look-out

  • Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash

  • Application or IRPCS. Understanding  rules 5 & 6, conduct around commercial shipping in confined waters.

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