The RYA National Powerboat Training Courses

The RYA National Powerboat Courses are for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches.

Harbour Challenge are one of the providers in Poole Harbour of the RYA powerboating courses

These powerboats are generally powered by an outboard engine, do not normally have accommodation on board, and so are not intended for extended cruises. They may be used for short pleasure coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other watersports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.


RYA Powerboat Level 1 Training Course

Powerboat Level 1

RYA Level 1 Powerboat  courses, for 8 years old upwards, provides training for RIB drivers. On this first step in the RYA powerboat training scheme you will learn how to, launch from a trailer, prepare for sea and safely coxswain a small powerboat or RIB by day. 

Our Training boat is a 4.5m RIB or Rigiflex 360  Alternatively you could complete your training course on your own RIB or power boat as own boat tuition. On completion of Powerboat level 1 students should progress to the RYA PB2  training course.

  • Our training boats for powerboat level 1 training, including all running costs
  • Instruction by one of our specialist RYA Powerboat level 1 instructors
  • Powerboat level 1 course certification on successful completion training
  • RYA recommended safety equipment to be carried on training courses
  • Foul weather clothing, if required
  • Refreshments during the powerboat course, but we do not provide lunch

Course dates are often combined with the two day Powerboat Level 2 course, this means we can put siblings of all ages on the boats together. 

Powerboat Level 2 Course (2 Day)

RYA Level 2  Powerboat  courses,This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

**- Experience:** No experience required for this course
**- Age:** Min age 12 (for those under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate)
**- Timings:** These run from 10am – 4pm
**- Availability:** dates are available on request

Powerboat 2

Safety Boat Course (2 Days)

Safety Boat

This safety boat course goes through all types of safety cover with a powerboat. Using RIBs you will experience rescue techniques for windsurfer, kayaks, dinghies, including multi hulls plus other craft. Race course mark laying and positioning for safety craft is also covered. On this course we use our purpose-built safety boat HC1 – with Suzuki 120HP engine.
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The course syllabus will cover the following:
- Boat preparation
- Boat handling
- Dinghy, windsurfer and kayak/canoe rescue
- Towing
- End-of-day procedures
- Safety
- Suitability of craft
- Local factors
- Communication
- Rescuing other water users

Prerequisite: You must have RYA Powerboat level 2 It is strongly recommended that you should hold a first aid certificate and a VHF Radio operators license.
The syllabus covers the safe rescue of crews and prevention of further damage to boats and equipment.

**Pre-requisite:** RYA Powerboat Level 2 with at least 1 season of experience.