The RYA Powerboat Level 1 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. There are no high speed manoeuvres on the Level 1 course.  You will need the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course for this and most people do go straight for this course if aged 12 years and over.

The RYA Powerboat Level 1 course is aimed at young people or those who do not wish to travel at high speeds.  Handling a motor boat requires training and skill.  Make sure you know all the aspects of a speedboat before you go afloat.  There are certain recommended methods for each slow manoeuvre in a powerboat, all of these are listed below.  Under 16 year olds should be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times during boat handling.

If anyone in your party has any kind of disability or special need then please read here for details on how we can accommodate you.  We have adapted boats and a wheelchair friendly powerboat and you can also contact us for more information or to chat anything through.

Level 1 is not a pre-requisite for the Level 2 course

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course overview:

Assumed Knowledge –


Minimum duration-

1 day

Minimum age –

8 years and upwards

Course content –

Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds observe)
Preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed

Ability after the RYA Powerboat Level 1 course –

Able to drive under supervision

Additional information:

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS WEAR THE KILL CORD – See here for more information and videos on using a Kill Cord with an engine

The prices depend on how many people there are on the course.  For the RYA Powerboat Level 1 , the maximum you can have is 3 people.

We do all of the RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2 courses on demand so please contact us to check availability book.

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