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NEW – Try Powerboating Taster Sessions

Are you looking for something different to do with friends or as a family – we are launching 2 new sessions aimed at getting you afloat to give Powerboating a Try! Choose from a 2 hour “Try Powerboating” session or a half day  “Powerboat Taster Session” To see our boats and students in action check out our Youtube channel.

TRY POWERBOATING – £50 for 2 peoplekids afloat

A 2 hour session to have a go in one of our Solent RIBS learning some essential sea safety and crewing skills. With a minimum age of just 8 years old the Try Powerboating session is a great opportunity to experience powerboating for the first time and find out if you’d like to take your interest further.

Minimum booking of 2 persons required see Booking Conditions below for more details.

Your instructor will start your practical session by introducing you to the basics including:

  • how your lifejackets work,
  • how to safely get onboard,
  • how to tie and untie the lines, some essential knots and,
  • how to make sure the boat is properly balanced before you set off to have a go within the confines of Portishead Quays Marina.

They will demonstrate some slow speed manouevres including bring the boat alongside the pontoon where you are encouraged to get involved and have have a go at being crew – stepping out of the boat and tying the lines.

Once you have mastered crewing you will have a go at the helm and get to grips with the basic driving techniques.

Click here to see available dates and book your places

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POWERBOAT TASTER SESSION (£150 for 2)taster day kids

The perfect way to pursue your interest in powerboating, the half-day taster course has been created to help novices gain some confidence and familiarise themselves with basic powerboating techniques.

Minimum booking of 2 persons required see Booking Conditions below for more details.

By the end of the course you’ll have tasted the freedom and excitement powerboating can provide, allowing you to decide whether you want to take your interest further.

Your skipper will guide you through the basics of powerboating both in the marina and out in the exciting Bristol Channel ensuring that everyone is given the chance to take part.

Enjoy the thrill of taking command of a powerboat. Learn about safety and navigation. Leave and enter a harbour and experience the joy of being at sea.

You will start off in Portishead Marina getting to grips with the basics:

  • how your lifejackets work,
  • how to safely get onboard,
  • how to tie and untie the lines, some essential knots and,
  • how to make sure the boat is properly balanced before you set off

Your expert instructor will demonstrate some slow speed manouevres including bring the boat alongside the pontoon where you are encouraged to get involved and have have a go at being crew – stepping out of the boat and tying the lines.

Once you have mastered crewing you will have a go at the helm and get to grips with the basic driving techniques.

Subject to weather and Tides you will exit through the marina lock and experience the exhilaration of high speed manouevres out in the Bristol Channel including your own go at high speed handling.

Being able to safely recover a Man Over Board (MOB) is an essential boating skill  – Your instructor will demonstrate this skill before letting you have a go on the helm of one of our Powerboats to safely recover the MOB. Please note this activity is conducted using a fender/dummy – we do not allow students to get into the water at any time.

Locking in/out times are included in the half day package.

Click here to see available dates and book your places

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Booking Conditions

Try Powerboating – suitable for individuals 8 years and older. U12’s must be accompanied by a fee paying adult (18+). 12-16’s must be accompanied by either an adult, sibling/friend (12+). Minimum booking for 2 persons. Max booking 3 people – total price £70

Powerboat Taster Session – Minimum booking of 2 persons is required – The Powerboating Taster Session is ideally aimed at 12+ years old but would be suitable for a more adventurous 8-11year old. U12’s must be accompanied by a fee paying adult, 12-16’s must be accompanied by either an adult, sibling/friend (12+). Max booking 3 people – total price £200

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