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RYA Powerboat Training

RYA Powerboat Training Courses

Learning to master the techniques during powerboat training is both exciting and rewarding. We offer a full range of both RYA practical powerboat training and RYA theory courses, catering for complete beginners right through to experienced boaters. All courses are run in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with the emphasis on ensuring that you gain confidence and a full understanding of the skills and techniques required.

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Powerboating combines the calmness of a cruise with the excitement of speeding over the open sea. With the knowledge and abilities gained through your RYA training, you’ll be able to navigate the water with ease safely and make the most of your time on the water at your own speed.

RYA powerboat certifications are used by professional open boat skippers who need to demonstrate their competency or require professional qualifications for work, in addition to being utilised by leisure boaters.

Powerboat Courses

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RYA Powerboat Level 1

The Level 1 Powerboat Course particularly suits kids and children or those adults who are keen for a basic introduction to power boating.

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

This is the most popular powerboat training qualification and is also known as the ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’. Those gaining their Powerboat Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

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International Certificate of Competence

For individuals interested in using their powerboat charter or chartering abroad where proof of competence is required by obtaining their ICC.

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Intermediate Powerboat Training

The Intermediate Powerboat Course suits those possessing Powerboat Level 2, a reasonable level of boating experience, a season or two, and a keenness to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and undertake short coastal passages. This course is sometimes referred to as the RYA Powerboat Level 3 Course.

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Advanced Powerboat Training

The Advanced Powerboat Training Course suits both keen amateurs and professional users alike. Participants should possess a number of years experience and already be very capable powerboat handlers as it is assumed that attendees can perform all of the elements of the Powerboat Level 2 course with ease.

No matter if you utilise powerboats for pleasure, employment, or in conjunction with anything else (like sailing or rescue boats), we have a course that will suit your needs.

Each and every one of our powerboat training courses is led by an experienced and certified RYA instructor. During the span of the two-day training course, we intend to impart to you as much information as we possibly can. Our significant knowledge and passion for powerboat training always rubs off on our students, and we make it a point to make the course as engaging and entertaining as we possibly can.

Own Boat Tuition can be conducted in Southampton, Hampshire, Hamble, Portsmouth, Lymington, Chichester, Cowes, Poole, Isle of Wight, or anywhere on the South Coast, else where in the UK or in the Europe

Private and highly personalised powerboat training is available on a one to one basis.

You can start your training at our well-equipped facility in Southampton, which is located on the Solent. From there, you can advance through the RYA powerboat programme, taking any of the following shore-based courses along the way, including RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Intermediate Powerboat, and RYA Advanced Powerboat. Day Skipper Theory, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory, Marine VHF Radio/SRC and RYA First Aid.

Scheduled courses are held at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3XB UK and in the Solent area.


In the UK, if you want to drive a powerboat, you will need to obtain a Powerboat Level 2 qualification or higher. The Powerboat Level 2 qualification is a two-day course that covers basic boat handling and safety, including launching and recovery, anchoring, and picking up a mooring.

If you plan to use a VHF radio on your powerboat, you will also need to obtain a Short Range Certificate (SRC). The SRC is a one-day course that covers basic radio operation and communication procedures.

It’s important to note that the requirements for driving a powerboat in the UK may vary depending on the size and type of boat, as well as the location and purpose of its use. It’s always a good idea to check with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or other relevant authorities to ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications and licenses before operating a powerboat in UK waters.

There are several types of powerboat training available, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

Online Powerboat Training

Our online powerboat training courses are a popular option for those looking for flexibility and convenience. These courses can be completed at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. The online powerboat training covers the basics of powerboat operation, navigation, and safety. However, online courses do not provide the hands-on training that our in-person courses offer.

In-Person Powerboat Training

In-person powerboat training courses provide a hands-on approach to training and instruction. These courses cover a much broader range of topics, including boat handling, docking, and navigation. In-person training also provides the opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate feedback, making it an excellent option for those who prefer a more interactive learning experience.

On-The-Water Powerboat Training

On-the-water powerboat training is another popular option for those looking for hands-on training. These courses take place on the water at our powerboat school located in the Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 3XB and provides the opportunity to practice your skills in a real-world setting. On-the-water training is an excellent option for those who prefer a more practical learning experience.

While it is possible to learn to operate a powerboat on your own, it is not recommended. Operating a powerboat involves a certain level of knowledge and skill that can only be obtained through proper training. Without this training, you run the risk of causing accidents, damaging your vessel, and putting yourself and others in danger.

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