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RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course

By far our most popular course - ideal if you are new to boating and looking to gain a new skill, looking to hire a boat abroad this summer or if you have some experience and are looking to formalise your qualifications.

Fancy Hiring a Boat Abroad this summer? 10% off Powerboat Level 2 courses in Jun 2016

IntermediateAn International Certificate of Competence is often considered as the international ‘boat driving licence’. It is usually required by countries/operators if you wish to use your own craft abroad or to charter one and we’re offering 10% off our June 2016 course dates. The RYA powerboat level 2 is the basic level course allowing you to rent a boat abroad once you have obtained your ICC boat handling license (International Certificate of Competence).

Happy Christmas 2015


Difficult to believe that Christmas has come around again! We would like to thank all of our 2015 customers and wish each and every one of you a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

New for 2016 – Night Navigation Training IMG_0162

If you already hold your RYA Powerboat Level 2 (or higher) and are looking to gain more experience this night navigation training is designed to give you the basic skills and knowledge to start to safely find your way around at night. Perhaps you are looking to gain the required sea time for the MCA Advanced Commercial Exam and need some more night hours then this session is also for you.
We offer a 3 hour Night Navigation Training session (subject to weather and tide) and we aim to spend around 2/2.5 hours afloat. These sessions offer an opportunity for you to take control of a powerboat at night, work together as a team to put your night passage/pilotage plan together and then execute your plan in the busy waters of the Bristol Channel.

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Getting started with Boating!

100_2531Getting started in boating can be a complicated affair with so many courses to choose from and equipment to buy the costs can soon mount up. We offer our customers honest and impartial advice so that you only buy what you really need – but we do find that often our customers are so hooked with our courses, mile-builders and handling sessions that they keep coming back for more! So what exactly are the training and certification requirements for a new skipper??

Lifeboat No 150 returns!!! 

Our brave lifeboat has returned from it’s epic journey down the River Thames for the RNLI Alternative Boat Race – thank you to all of those who helped to raise the funds. Boat 150 has pride of place in our RYA Training Centre – what a fabulous replica! A shame we didn’t win – we’ll just have to try again next year!!! In the meantime we’ll continue to support our Principal Jake Scott as the LTC of RNLI Portishead and provide training support with our RIBs when required.

The RNLI Aternative Boat a Race – a Grand Day Out!

header-contentAfter all the fundraising and anticipation Race Day finally dawned warm and sunny. Friday 10th April was set to be the hottest day of the year so far – they were talking about temperatures in the low 20’s! Our Principal Jake and Chief Instructor Kath set off on a fast train to London to cheer on Boat No 150 from the banks of the Thames by The Ship Inn in Mortlake.

The race was due to start at Barnes Bridge at 5:30pm setting off 250 mini lifeboats off down the River Thames on the tide to see which one made it first to pass the famous University Stone the finish line of the traditional boat race. 17144834362_2f6ca5212a

The Ship pub was even getting into the full spirit having been renamed specially for the day “The Lifeboat”. IMG_5038There were a few hundred people gathered at the finish line waiting with anticipation for the presenter for the day Hannah White to give the all important countdown. Even 5 year old Alfie was waiting for the live stream on the iPad!!  

 We could hear him cheering for Boat 150 all the way to London from Bristol!

The Thames RNLI lifeboats were ready!IMG_5034


Sun 8th March 2015 at Portishead Quays Marina saw a very different kind of boat race! We challenged friends, family and students to construct a boat no larger than 60cm long and 50 cm wide from the contents of their recycling bins to race over a straight course in the marina using only the power of the wind! Truly the greenest regatta ever and we raised a WHOPPING £65 for the RNLI!