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We provide RYA courses all year round for both members and non-members.

RYA Safety Boat

A hands-on course giving you the techniques needed to operate a powerboat as a safety boat for sailing dinghies and other craft.

For those who already hold RYA Powerboat Level 2.

Attendees must hold their RYA Powerboat Level 2, and often benefit from having approximately one season of regular helming experience behind them. Club members can gain this through volunteering on a safety boat with an experienced helm.

Two Days

Approx. 09:00 to 18:00 each day.

Ages 16+

Those aged 12 to 15 looking to build on their powerboat experience should join our Youth RIB Club.

From £175.00

Members: £175.00
Non-members: £295.00

Key Information

Course Content

Each item on the course syllabus is taught to one of the following levels:

  • 'Knowledge of' = The subject will be briefly explained.
  • 'Understands' = The student can demonstrate a basic understanding and go away from the course able to develop further on their own.
  • ​'Can' = The student can demonstrate good skills in this subject.

The syllabus content includes:

  • Preparation and Communication
  • Boat Handling whilst Close to Other Craft
  • Introduction to Mark Laying
  • Dinghy Rescue (Mutiple Techniques)
  • Windsurf Rescue
  • Kayak and Canoe Rescue
  • Rescue of Other Water Users
  • Towing
  • End-of-Day Procedures
  • Craft Type and Suitability


Example Programme

The below programme is an indication of how your course may be structured - please be aware that this is an example only and many factors may influence this including weather and candidate progress.


What's Included?

  • RYA Safety Boat book
  • Certificate (on successful completion of the course)
  • Buoyancy aid for the duration of the course
  • Instructor, boat and fuel costs
  • Tea or coffee on arrival and during shorebased sessions


What Will I Need?

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Boots (wellington style, clean)
  • Lots of warm thin layers
  • A passport style photo for the certification process
  • Lunch and snacks to last the day
A comprehensive kit list will be sent as part of the course joining instructions.

Assessment & Course Outcomes

On successful completion, candidates will be awarded the RYA Safety Boat certificate.

This course is continually assessed and the candidate is required to meet a minimum standard to successfully complete it.

We always strive to do everything we can to help a candidate pass, but sometimes this is not possible. In the event the standard is not reached, candidates will be issued with an 'action plan', detailing what needs to be actioned in order for the candidate to receive a certificate. Additional training may come at an additional cost. Sometimes we can offer an alternative qualification (such as a Powerboat Level 1). 

Cancellation Policy

Please ensure you are aware of our cancellation policy, available here:


Upcoming Dates and Book Now!

We are working hard to schedule dates for 2024. Dates for this course will be released soon.

If you are struggling to find dates that work for you, we may still be able to arrange a course to suit. Please email our Training Manager & Chief Instructor, Carlo, on [email protected] to discuss.

What Makes Our Training So Great?

"Olli was a brilliant instructor. Personable and patient he taught the course in simple, easy to understand language. He assessed his pupils quickly to deliver the course with the right balance of professionalism and fun that we were clearly looking for.​"
"We wanted to thank the instructors for teaching us about powerboats this weekend. We felt we learnt a great deal, although as with all things, the more you know the more you realise there is to learn! We both enjoyed it enormously and are looking forward to practising...maybe when the weather is a little warmer!"
"I have completed the PB2 course and I would just like to pass on my thanks to the instructors who ran a very professional and informative course. All of the instructors were calm, reassuring and patient and I would certainly recommend them to friends!"
"Brilliant day, practiced so much, heaps of thanks given me much more confidence to volunteer when my son sails in the Tera fleet on Saturdays.​"

Our Equipment

We have a varied fleet of powerboats including RIBs, a launch, tiller steered Rigiflexs, and a Cheetah Marine multihull. Haven Jubilee is our go to boat for most powerboat courses. She was launched by our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in 2022 and is fitted with depth sounder and electronic navigation aids.

We have a fleet of over 55 sailing dinghies: from Optimists and Hartley10s to RS Fevas and Topaz Argos - with many classes in between! We invest in our fleet, maintaining our boats to a high standard. We also can't wait to welcome a fleet of RS Zests in early 2024!

Our Facilities

Our clubhouse sits right on the waters edge- it is possible to walk out the classroom door and be on the water in seconds! We have a large pontoon where we store most of our sailing dinghies, with an innovative floating slipway to launch them without having to get wet. It also provides a great space to tie boats up to for lunch limiting the amount of times you have to pull them up the slipway!

Our Sailing Area

We have access to some of the best sailing areas on the South Coast. The sheltered lakes provide a great space to take to the water for the first time and the Western Solent provides a more challenging area for those looking to push themselves.

Our Instructors

Our instructors provide a friendly welcome and bring a wealth of experience to the club. We really couldn't do it without them!