Training courses are offered to all members, these are run when sufficient applicants are available

Courses are available via the club at significantly reduced rates.

Courses may be notice to change and availability.

The RYA powerboat courses are primarily for those using open powered craft such as RIBs and sportsboats, and also for the professional open boat skipper who is required to prove their competence or provide certification for work.



To Register your interest please fill in the form and submit, we will contact you to make arrangements. Alternatively catch one of the committee members at a meeting to discuss what is on offer.


Training Courses

Level 1 Start Powerboating

This 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.

A one day introduction to powerboating.

Covers Boating safety, boat handling and basic theory


Requirements & Outcomes

Assumed knowledgeNone
Minimum duration        1 day
Minimum ageCandidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
Course contentLaunch 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 course     Able to drive under supervision

Powerboat Handling Level 2

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Requirements & Outcomes

Assumed knowledgeNone. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
Minimum duration2 days
Minimum ageCandidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
Course contentLaunching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard
Ability after the course      Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and tho

First Aid for Boaters

  You don't have to be miles out to sea to make it challenging for help to reach you, a couple of miles away from a road on a canal or river will significantly extend the time it will take for help to arrive.    

Hopefully incidents on your boat will be rare, but it is essential all crew members are able to administer emergency first aid. It could save your life or that of one of your crew members.

Learn about CPR, Choking, Recovery position, Priorities, Concussion, Breaks and more...

Boat and Engine Maintenance


Would you like to learn about boat engine maintenance and electrical systems?

It is ideal for all backgrounds and will suit DIYers and those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills

The course involves theory, practical demonstration plus the ability to work on test engines yourselves.

The topic areas covered include:

Diesel Engines   Transmissions   boat plumbing

Electrics         lay up and refit procedures


RYA Marine Radio Short Range

  The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing and SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre. Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses. When booking a SRC course the RYA training centre will give you details of the time and location for the exam. The SRC course may be taken in a classroom or online through an RYA Recognised Training Centre. There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam. Course subjects include:
  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • ship to shore communication
  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)

The exam

The exam is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.

Training Application
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