Powerboat Instructor (PBI) Course

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. 
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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-6pm 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

You can see more about the pre-assessment here: Powerboat Instructor Pre-Assessment

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

The course may operate with 2 boats and a maximum of 6 students

Course Price £365

Book for 2 people or more and save 5% off the total price

Book a Pre-Assessment and PBI course and save 5% off the total price.

Students must have access to the following publications prior to and during the course – these can be printed or e-books:

  • G19 – Power Schemes Instructor Handbook
  • G48 – Start Powerboating
  • G20 – RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook