Level 1


Course Description

Powerboat Level 1 – One day Course.

A Powerboat career starts often at an early age and at ABC, the Powerboat Level 1 course is primarily aimed at those who are complete novices, nervous or beginner students or children. The age limit for this course with regards to children, is 8 years of age or above. The Instructor to student ratio is 3:1 and if a young child has been booked on a course, the ABC child protection policy states that there will also be a parent on the course. A child aged 12 or over can attend alone with parental consent. Adults can book a course purely for themselves, but there would be a premium charge for one to one tuition on a Powerboat level 1 course.

Boat – PBL1

At present ABC has a 7.8 metre Ribcraft RIB (Equinox) with a 250hp engine and careful considerations will be explained to parents about the size of this vessel and a child’s capabilities and learning on such a craft.

The children will of course be well looked after and guided every step of the way to ensure safety is complied with at all times.

Instructor for Powerboat Level 1 – PBL1

We have both male and female Instructors at Aboard Boat Coaching. The Instructor must be qualified to teach the PBL1 course, have personal liability Insurance in addition to the centres insurance, they are encouraged to have completed the Fun & Safe RYA course and have a current DBS certificate or reference in line with the ABC Child Protection Policy. The Instructor must have an in date SRC Radio Certificate and RYA First Aid Certificate (or be an RYA First Aid Instructor). The Instructor running the PBL1 Course will (at all times), have another kill cord fitted in addition to the students kill cord if children are at the helm.

PBL1 – Course duration

The course lasts one day and runs generally from 9:30 till 5, although the time may be amended or cut short by about an hour if the attention span is going, or the children are tired or cold. The welfare of any children booked on this course will be our priority, even if an adult has also booked on the course. No previous boating experience is required to attend the PBL1 course.

PBL1 – Course Content

  • Launching and recovery
  • Boat handling
  • Approaching and securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Handling a boat at planing speed – Not at very high speeds
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man overboard
  • General boating safety

At the end of the course children will receive a small gift as a reminder of their experience and time spent with ABC and all students will receive a Certificate.

PBL1 – Find a Course & Book

Looking for a Course date or booking a Course is easy, just click on the “Book” Tab, select a date from the drop down menu (arrow), click on the date.

Select the number of places, if it allows a place, then a space is available on that date. Complete the booking sheet and select pay and it will take you to a secure payment page.

If you do experience problems however, please e-mail or call us. We may be out on the water if you ring and unable to answer just then, but leave a message or an email and we will get back to you soon.

Book your Powerboat Level 1 (PBL1) Course


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