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
- 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.