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Powerboat Training

Dell Quay Sailing Club is certified as a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre

DQSC Power Boat Training

Dell Quay offer subsidised power boat and safety boat training to club members so that they can develop their skills and become Patrol Boat helms in support of club sailing activities. The courses run over a weekend, and it is important that students attend both days. The cost for each course in late 2023 / early 2024 is only £60.

The first step to becoming a Patrol Boat helm is the RYA Power Boat Level 2 course see course information below. On completion of this course, and to provide some experience, we ask that members volunteer for at least 4 patrol boat crew duties, which will provide them with experience of being on the water during sailing activities and should also allow them to gain some additional helm experience. The final qualification is the RYA Safety Boat course, after which you will hold the necessary qualification to become a Patrol Boat helm at Dell Quay.

Both of these courses are available to club members only. To apply for a place, please visit the club's Calendar page and select the desired date and course.

If you have any questions, please contact Graham Causer, our Chief Instructor Power at powerboattraining@dellquaysc.co.uk

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Learn how to drive a powerboat safely. This two-day entry-level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat.

The course covers:

  • launching and recovery
  • boat handling
  • securing to a buoy
  • anchoring
  • leaving and coming alongside
  • man overboard recovery
  • slow speed close-quarters manoeuvring
  • an introduction to driving at planing speed
  • collision regulations

The powerboat level 2 certificate allows holders to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), an especially useful certificate if you plan to go boating abroad.

The start powerboating handbook is included in the course price as is the certificate, however this is not guaranteed unless the course is successfully completed.

Duration: two-days
Pre-course requirements: No prior experience is required, minimum age of 18 unless on the DQSC Dinghy Instructor pathway.

RYA Safety Boat

Improve your powerboating skills and learn a range of safety and rescue techniques. This course provides the skills required when acting as a safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers, or for racing or training activities.

The course covers:

  • boat handling
  • a variety of dinghy rescue techniques
  • windsurfer rescue
  • towing
  • the suitability of different craft
  • communication
  • rescuing other water users
  • elements of race management and mark laying

The safety boat handbook is included in the course price as is the certificate, however this is not guaranteed unless the course is successfully completed.
Duration: two-days
Pre-course requirements: Powerboat Level 2 certificate, minimum age of 18 unless on the DQSC Dinghy Instructor pathway. A basic knowledge of sailing dinghies is also required.

Last updated 12:35 on 8 April 2024

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