Water Activities Centre

 Registered Charity No: 1025713

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We have a number of different powerboats that we use for teaching and safety use.


RYA Level 1 (12+) - one day


This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.


You will learn:

Launch and recovery, preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed.


Once qualified, you will be able to drive under supervision.


RYA Level 2 (14+) - two days


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.


You will learn:

Low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard.


Once qualified, you will be a self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft


Level 2 includes a photocard as the certificate - you will need to supply a passport sized photograph.


Are you over 16? Have you completed 40 hours or more of powerboat driving? Move on to...


RYA Safety Boat (16+) - two days


This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks or canoes, or for training activities.


You will learn:

Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue, towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users.


Once qualified, you will be able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing.

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