The RYA’s National Powerboat Scheme is for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches & motor cruisers. These boats are generally under ten meters in length, and are not intended for extensive offshore, or blue water cruising.
They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other watersports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.

Whether you use powerboats for leisure or work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you.

At FREEDOM POWERBOAT TRAINING we offer the following courses:


RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 1 (also available as own boat tuition)

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

Minimum Age:  8 years and over. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Minimum Duration:  1 day

Maximum Participants:  3

Pre-course experience:  None

Assumed Knowledge:  None

Course content:  Launching and preparing a boat, basic boat handling and returning to shore, background theory

Ability after course:  Able to drive under supervision.

Cost:  250€ per person including use of boat, fuel, safety gear, wet weather gear

RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 (also available as own boat tuition)
This course provides you with all the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat, and is the basis for the International certificate of Confidence (ICC). This two-day course covers everything from launching from a trailer, boat-handling at slow and high speeds, mooring, anchoring, man overboard, basic navigation and pilotage, and much, much more.
We like to get as much time on the water as possible for practical learning and all participants will get plenty of driving time.

Minimum Age: 12 years and over. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate

Minimum Duration: 2 days

Maximum Participants: 3

Pre-course experience: None. May be preceded by Level 1

Assumed Knowledge: None

Course content: All you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating including launchand recovery, boat preparation, and safety gear, basic boat handling at slow and high speeds, man overboard, anchoring, picking up a bouy, high speed manoeuvres, mooring and coming alongside etc.
Shore based teaching includes basic navigation and pilotage, International collision regulations, local regulations and knowledge etc.
Qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence, issued by the Royal Yachting Association at a small additional cost.

Ability after course:: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions: aware of own limitations and those of craft.

Cost: 550€ per person including use of boat, fuel, safety gear, wet weather gear. PLUS a copy of RYA ” Start Powerboating” worth 11.50€, free of charge.

The InternationalCertificate of Competence is, in essence, an international driving licence for powerboats of up to 10 meters in length. Although not absolutely necessary in the UK, the ICC is required in most European Countries for boats operating in coastal waters. It is also, very often, a requirement of insurance companies and failure to hold one may well result in an insurance claim being denied. Owning or operating a powerboat without an ICC is putting you and your craft at risk, The ICC Practical Test is a one-day assessment for experienced boat handlers. Upon successful completion, you will be signed off for application of an ICC licence. You then need to send this to the RYA with the appropriate fee.
Cost: 350€ per person including use of boat, fuel, safety gear, wet weather gear.