RYA First Aid & Power Boat Courses

The Grafham Water Sailing Club training centre offers powerboat training to qualify you to RYA Level 2 Powerboat (Inland) standard. This is taught in our Avon Searider RIBs.We also offer the RYA Safety Boat course.

Powerboat Training Searider at speed

Courses are arranged from time to time for groups or on demand at 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 instructor to participant levels.

 Powerboat Level 1 2017 
An introduction to powerboating in one day, covering the basics including preparation of boat and crew, launch and recovery, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside and being towed.

This is offered free of charge to Safety Boat volunteers: please ask in the Office.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 2017
This entry-level two day course provides all the basic skills and background knowledge needed to drive a small powerboat competently. No prior experience is required. On the water, we will introduce you to low-speed manoeuvres, such as coming alongside a jetty, anchoring, and man overboard, as well as driving the boat at planing speed. We also cover various theoretical and safety aspects.

Please note that this course is conducted in planing craft on inland waters.

We can also offer a one-day direct assessment for experienced power-boaters who would like to be certified as competent drivers. Dates for this by arrangement.

RYA Safety Boat

 2017

This course covers the skills and techniques required to provide rescue cover at the club or when assisting with racing events. We will practice rescuing sailing boats, catamarans and windsurfers, as well as introducing basic elements of race management and mark-laying. It is ideal for competent power-boaters who are keen to become more involved with safety duties and open meeting events at the club. Please note that RYA Powerboat Level 2 and a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers must be held prior to this course.
Course code

PBC-3JUL

PBC-4AUG

PBC-5SEP

PBC-6OCT

PBC-7NOV

Dates

15 & 16 Jul

12 & 13 Aug

2 & 3 Sep

28 & 29 Oct

25 & 26 Nov

Times

9:30 to 17:00

9:30 to 17:00

9:30 to 17:00

9:30 to 17:00

9:30 to 17:00

Price

£150

£150

£150

£150

£150

Rebates are available for Training Centre Staff and Safety-Boat volunteers. Please enquire at the Office for details.
RYA First Aid 2017
A one-day session which covers all of the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective and also meets the requirements of RYA qualifications such as Dinghy Instructor.
Course code

FA-Oct

Dates

28 Oct

Times

9.30 to 1700

Price

£30

Non-members are also welcome on these courses at a cost of £60. IFA-Mayt’s free for regular safety boat volunteers.

Please contact the office to book any of the above courses or ask to be added to the list of future Power Boat training opportunities. Alternatively, email training@grafham.org


Further notes that apply to all courses

  • Courses are only available to club members, but we have a special three-month membership package available only for new members who book a training course.
  • You need to provide a buoyancy aid and appropriate clothing for the conditions including adequate footwear.
  • Courses will take place if there is sufficient demand.
  • Gift vouchers are available for both course fees and membership subscriptions. Please enquire by emailing the office or by telephone (01480 810478).

† Not applicable to RYA First Aid Course.