RYA Powerboat Level One
Aim: to provide a practical introduction to boat handling in powerboats. The one day course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planing and displacement and the certificate issued will be endorsed accordingly. The ratio of students to instructors should not exceed 3:1.
Duration: 1 day minimum
Minimum age: 8
8 to 11 year olds will receive the Level 1 certificate which will be endorsed (the holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult in the vessel).
12 to 16 year olds will receive a Level 1 certificate which will be endorsed (the holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult).
SECTION A: PRACTICAL
Launch and Recovery (8 to 11 year olds to observe this session only) - knowledge of:
Preparation of Boat and Crew - understands:
- Considerations to be taken during the launch
- Use of trailer and/or launching trolley.
- Consideration of different launching conditions and surfaces.
- Construction, width and condition of ramp/slipway
- 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.
Boat Handling - knowledge of:
- Perform the following: fasten to a cleat and stow an anchor
- 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.
Picking Up and Securing to a Mooring Buoy - knowledge of:
- Steer and control boat speed
- Start and stop the engine
- Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times
Leaving and Coming Alongside - knowledge of:
- Preparation of mooring warp.
- Use of boat hook.
- Method of approach.
- Crew communication.
- Making fast.
- Wind effect
- Approach in tidal stream or current
- Leaving - ahead or astern
Being Towed - knowledge of:
- Demonstrate the use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way.
- Control speed and angle of approach.
- Making fast alongside.
SECTION B: THEORY
- Preparing own lines for towing.
- Accepting a tow
- Securing tow lines.
- Trim and balance under tow.
- Loading and balancing the boat and the effect on handling and performance
- Local byelaws and Insurance.
- Crewmembers: minimum number in the boat, keeping a lookout.
- Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash.
- Application of IRPCS. Understands rules 5, 6, and conduct around commercial shipping in confined waters