Powerboat Courses

The club is an RYA approved Powerboating Centre and runs courses year round for both the general public and club members wanting to improve their skills.

Driving a powerboat is a great feeling and is an essential part of supporting our sport. Appropriate training ensures that powerboat drivers, their passengers and other water users feel confident and safe. FFSC offers powerboat courses in tidal conditions in the river and at sea.

RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 (Combined)

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations. The course is designed for the absolute beginner and existing powerboat users. It is the industry standard qualification allows you to rent powerboats in the UK. After completion of the course you will also be able to apply for your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which will allow you to rent powerboats abroad.

Expect to spend at least 70% of the time afloat as the emphasis is very much on hands on learning around the harbour and at sea. The course includes launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard After the course you will be a self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of your own limitations and those of each type of craft.

  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Duration: 2 days (9.00 to 17:30)
  • Minimum age: 12, Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
  • Aim: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft
  • Cost: £220 (£180 for FFSC Members)

Course Dates

  • Course 1 – June 22nd  – 23rd
  • Course 2 – July 13th -14th (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Course 3 – July 20th – 21st (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Course 4 – July 31st – August 1st (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Course 5 – August 3rd – 4th
  • Course 6 – August 10th – 11th
  • Course 7 – August 24th – 25th
  • Course 8 – August 31st – September 1st

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Safety Boat Course

The safety boat course is integral to supporting our favourite watersports. This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. The course includes boat preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users. By the end of the course you should be able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing

  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Duration: 2 days (9.00 to 17:30)
  • Minimum age: 16, Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
  • Aim: Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing
  • Cost: £230 (£190 for FFSC Members)

Course Dates

  • Safety Boat Courses are run on a request basis.

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