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RYA Powerboat 1 Courses

RYA Level 1
Introduction to Powerboating
Course Syllabus

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


Practical boat handling

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
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

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

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
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

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


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