Powerboat Instructor Course

Course Details

The Powerboat Instructor is a competent, experienced powerboater who has been trained to teach powerboating up to Level 2 under the supervision of the Principal or Chief instructor of a recognised centre.

This is a three day instructor course run by an RYA Powerboat Trainer and assessed on the final day by an independent Trainer.


The syllabus for the Powerboat Instructor’s course is defined in the Power Schemes Instructor Handbook. The syllabus is:

  • Theory of teaching – principals of practical instruction
  • Delivering theory subjects
  • Preparation and effective use of visual aids
  • Lesson and progamme planning
  • Teaching styles
  • Practical driving
  • Reviewing and feedback skills
  • The standards required by the RYA
  • Assessing student ability
  • Structure of the RYA Powerboat Scheme
  • Developing student skills along a progressive pathway
  • The requirements for running an effective RYA Powerboat school including conditions for recognition

During the course the candidate will receive input from the trainer and also from the other candidates. They will be asked to show the following:

  • Knowledge of the subject of powerboating
  • Ability to deliver effective teaching sessions
  • Ability to demonstrate all elements of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus
  • Ability to deliver at least one theory session ashore
  • Be able to demonstrate safety awareness for themselves and students throughout

Candidates will be asked to teach three distinct groups on the course:

  • Each other – ie the other students on the course
  • The course trainer/moderator
  • Real students or ‘guinea pigs’ who have been asked to attend to assist the course. These must not be paying students on a recognised course.

The Powerboat Instructor course is ideal for:

  • Those looking to teach the Powerboat Level 1, 2 and Safety Boat* courses at a registered RYA Training Centre.
  • *PBIs must hold the RYA Safety Boat certificate in order to teach the course.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates should have logged at least five seasons’ experience of powerboating, preferably in a range of boat types and sizes.
  • For those who use powerboats as an integral part of their normal full-time occupation, this period is reduced to one season.
  • Assumed knowledge Candidates will hold the RYA National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2) and a valid First Aid Certificate of a type approved by the RYA. For more details on acceptable First Aid qualifications see here
  • Instructors wishing to teach the Safety Boat course must hold that level of certificate themselves
  • It is recommended that attendees hold a VHF/SRC operators certificate. 

Assumed Knowledge:

  • Candidates should be competent as a minimum to the standard of Level 2 (including the coastal endorsement) and will be required to demonstrate a range of practical and theoretical skills and knowledge from any aspect of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus.  

9am-5pm each day with approximately 45 mins for lunch

Minimum Duration: 3 days

16 years old.

Candidates must have completed a PBI pre assessment session which lasts for approximately half a day and is annotated in their logbook. The pre assessment covers boat handling and associated subject matter knowledge of the Level 2 syllabus

This course operates with a maximum of 3 students per instructor/vessel

Prices, Booking and Special Offers

£365 per person;

Book for 2 people at £350 p/p

Powerboat Instructor Package – £500  – Package offers 7% off the total price for the following courses:

  • Half day mandatory Skills Assessment, 
  • RYA First Aid certificate (essential prior to attending a PBI course) 
  • 3 day Powerboat Instructor Course.

PBI Skills Assessment and PBI Course – £400 – Save 10% off the total price for the following courses:

  • Half day mandatory Pre-Assessment, 
  • 3 day Powerboat Instructor Course.

What you need to bring, What’s Included and What’s Not!

  • Passport Photograph – essential for us to issue your record card.
  • Your certificates i.e. PB Level 2, VHF-SRC, First Aid certificate, any theory certificates
  • Suitable Clothing: warm clothing ie. thin thermal layers, fleece, gloves, hat as well as sunglasses and unblock.
  • Suitable Footwear: Deck shoes, Boots, Trainers.
  • We provide waterproof clothing – if you have your own you are welcome to use your own equipment.
  • We provide lifejackets – if you have your own you are welcome to use if – it must be a minimum of 150N and have been serviced in the last 12 months.
  • RYA Start Powerboating book or e-book
  • Free Use of our waterproof clothing for the weekend – You are welcome to use your own equipment if you wish however they must be suitable for boating and clean and tidy with lifejackets of a minimum of 150N serviced within the last 12 months.
  • A fully serviced lifejacket – min 150N
  • Boat Fuel
  • Free parking at our Training Centre
  • Free hot drinks/biscuits at our Training Centre
  • Course Publications – Students MUST have access to these publications during the course – they are availbel to buy on booking:
    • RYA Powerboat Logbook (Ref G20)
    • RYA Power Schemes Instructors Handbook (Ref G19) –
    • RYA Start Powerboating (Ref G48)
  • Lunch/Meals are not provided but we do have a small tuckshop with snacks/cold drinks for purchase, we have a cafe onsite (open 0900-1600 daily) and there are several local shops/cafes within a short walk to purchase food.
  • Powerboat Logbook – these can be purchased on booking.
  • Marina Parking – Portishead Quays Marina now operate parking charges in their car park managed through ANPR cameras. The first 15 mins is free with each hour costing £1 up to 6 hours. To park for between 6 and 24 hours costs £7. Payment can be made at the machines using coins or using paybyphone site number 79021. Failure to comply will result in a Parking Charge of £100

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