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RYA Powerboat Instructor Course » Pre-skills Assessment Day

2nd April, 09:00 - 17:00

Notts County Sailing Club

This event is part of the RYA Powerboat Instructor Course group.
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Course overview

This is a pre-requisite for the RYA Powerboat Instructor Course. It is a 1-day assessment and candidates must demonstrate a high level of powerboat driving competence.

This is a compulsory assessment day to allow entry onto the RYA Powerboat Instructor course. During the day, students will cover a series of manoeuvres and must demonstrate competence of powerboat driving to Instructor standards.


Members £ FREE, Non-members £300

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must attend a skills assessment prior to their instructor training course.

First aid certificate
RYA Powerboat Level 2
Health declaration form or medical questionnaire


Five seasons experience of powerboating logged (preferably in range of boat types and sizes) OR one season for those who use powerboats as an integral part of their normal full-time occupation.

Course duration

3 days or equivalent number of sessions, plus additional 1 day pre-assessment

Minimum age


Qualification gained on successful completion

RYA Powerboat Instructor

Ability to teach up to and including Powerboat Level 2 under the supervision of the Principal or Chief Instructor. If you hold the Safety Boat Certificate, you may also teach the RYA Safety Boat Course.


Predominantly practical but with some classroom elements.

Student / instructor ratio


What's included

  • Use of boats, training materials and equipment.
  • Course handbook, certificate and syllabus/logbook.
  • Types of boats used: "planing" boats, i.e. RIBS, Pioneers and Rigiflex i.e. boats that lift up and move across, rather than through the water when at speed, and powered by outboard engines.
  • Exam fees and certificates

What you should bring

  • Depending on the time of year, the Galley may be open for the purchase of breakfast, lunch and hot and cold drinks. If it will not be, you will be advised in advance so that you can bring your own food. Hot water will always be available.
  • Passport sized photograph.
  • If you already have a syllabus/logbook, please bring it with you, including any certificates attached inside.
  • What should I wear?
    • Powerboating is a cold activity (much colder than sailing) so we advise to come well-wrapped up; you can always remove layers if you are too hot. It is much harder to get warm again if you get cold.
    • Buoyancy aid of correct specification e.g. adult 50N (one will be provided if you do not have your own)
    • Waterproof trousers and coat; wet weather gear even better!
    • Correct seasonal clothing and additional warm layers. Thin thermal layers are great for layering.
    • Appropriate enclosed footwear. Wellingtons, or shoes you don't mind getting wet are good. Remember wet feet get cold, so dinghy boots, we find, aren't great. No flip-flops or open-toed shoes please, in case you stub your toe!
    • Appropriate seasonal hat and gloves
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Change(s) of clothing

Last updated 8:28am on 23 March 2023

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