Powerboat Instructor Pre-Assessment

Course Details

This is a mandatory requirement ahead of the Powerboat Instructors course. If possible undertake the assessment 3-6 weeks before the Instructor course. Should you be given an action plan from the skills assessment this gives you time to brush up on any highlighted areas. 

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


  • Candidates for the Pre-Assessment will be expected to demonstrate competence in:

    • Hold off a mark
    • Pick up and secure to a buoy
    • Moor alongside up/downtide
    • Turn using warps
    • Turn in a confined space
    • Recover a man overboard (dummy)
    • Stop and start the engine
    • Planing speed runs including figure 8 and ‘U’ turns
    • Theory including charts, tides, buoyage, colregs and pilotage

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.  

This assessment runs at various times over a half day period.

Minimum duration: 4 hours

16 years old.

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

Prices, Booking and Special Offers

£80 per person;


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.
  • 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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