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Get on Your Power Boat

It's official - Sailing Logic has received the stamp of approval from the RYA and we are now a fully accredited RYA Powerboat School!

So if you would like to learn to drive a rib, or even become a rib instructor, we can now help!

So here is a quick insight in to the powerboat courses we are running:

Powerboat Level 2 (PB2)

With no prior experience needed, this weekend course will take you from novice to qualified RIB driver. It will cover mooring up, manoeuvring, driving at speed as well as basic navigation. It will also ensure you understand the limitations of the boat (and yourself) so that you finish the course a safe and competent RIB driver. The Sailing Logic course includes the coastal endorsement.

With just 3 people on a course you will have plenty of time in the driving seat.  We are running one course per month and this can be booked directly with us, or via our online booking platform.  If you book as a group of 3, you can choose your own dates and save £40pp!

To progress to higher levels of Powerboating courses, you need to have the Coastal Endorsement - so if you completed your PB2 on a lake or other inland water then you can join our 1-day Coastal Endorsement upgrade.

Intermediate Powerboat Course

Building on the boat handling skills taught in the PB2, the Intermediate course prepares you to skipper on longer coastal passages. You should ideally hold the RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA First Aid and VHF certificates before taking this course. (It's approximately the equivalent of the Coastal Skipper sailing qualification).

Advanced Powerboat

The "daddy" of the powerboat courses, this course is for both leisure and professional skippers wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by both day and night in unfamiliar waters. You should hold the RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Theory before undertaking this course (and you've probably guessed it - it is a bit like the powerboating version of the Yachtmaster offshore).

Powerboat Instructor

The clue is in the name!  Before you can apply for this, you should have logged 5 seasons of recreational powerboating, preferably in a range of boat sizes and types. For those who use powerboats as an integral part of their full-time occupation this reduces to one season. 

You must hold the Powerboat Level 2 (Coastal) and First Aid and VHF is strongly recommended too. There is also a pre-Instructor course skills assessment - phew! 

We include the skills assessment as day 1 of our Powerboat Instructor course, which is followed by a 3-day curse run by an RYA Powerboat Trainer and moderated by an independent Trainer on the final day.  A Powerboat Instructor can teach up to Powerboat Level 2. 

Finally, you may be asking what is the difference between Advanced Powerboat and Yachtmaster Power - well, despite the name, Yachtmaster Power refers to motor boats, not powerboats!  A powerboat is an open sports boat or RIB.  So now you know! 

If you would like to learn to whiz around on our brand new 7m high-speed RIB, then please get in touch! 

02380 330 999

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