RYA Level 1 Introduction to Powerboating

Level 1 Pic Lake



This 1 day course provides a practical introduction to boat handling skills and is ideal for younger members of the boating family.

RYA Level 1 Introduction to Powerboating Course Syllabus


AIM:           To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats.




Practical boat handling


1.                Launching and recovery: (8 to 11 year olds to observe this session only)


                   Knowledge of:


Considerations to be taken during the launch

The use of a trailer or launching trolley

             Consideration to be taken regarding sea conditions and hazards

             Construction, width and condition of ramp/slipway


2.                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 or oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit, sharp knife



Perform the following: fasten to a cleat and stow an


3.                Boat Handling:


Knowledge of:


Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, use of shallow drive

                   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 engine

Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times

4.                Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy:


Knowledge of:


Preparation of mooring warps

                   Use of a boat hook

                   Method of approach

Crew communication

Making fast


5.                Leaving and coming alongside:


Knowledge of:


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 angle of approach 

                   Make fast alongside


6.                Being towed:


                   Knowledge of:


Preparing own lines for towing

Accepting a tow

Securing tow lines

Trim and balance under tow






Knowledge of:


Loading and balancing the boat and the effect on handling and performance

Local byelaws and insurance




Crew numbers: minimum number in the boat, keeping a look-out

Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash

Application of IRPCS. Understands rules 5, 6, and conduct around commercial shipping in confined waters



Course Fee £150.00 per person 

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