Children’s Powerboat Level 2 - General
The RYA Level Two course is our most popular course and the two days over which it is run gives plenty of time for both practical instruction and theory, for children this is a great way to further develop their boating experience.
We are recognised by the RYA as a children’s training centre for powerboating meaning that we have suitable boats and child protection procedures for teaching children aged 8 upwards away from their parents/guardians.
As parents who have boated with young children we understand how to work with children and ensure that they have a fun time when with us but with a total focus on safety. We have a full Child Protection Policy (copy available – just ask) and Viv Glatzel acts as our Child Protection Coordinator. We insist that during the time your children are with us that you are available by phone at all times.
2 days from 9am to 5pm. We find that older children tend to have no issue with these hours but if they are flagging during the day we can adjust things and finish slightly earlier if needed.
Instructor – student ratio
3 students to 1 Instructor per boat. For child protection purposes we always ensure there are two or more children on the course. Whilst most children seem to be happy coming along on their own it may be more fun for them if they attend with a friend. As you will see from elsewhere on our website we pride ourselves on the quality and experience of our Instructors and particularly their ability to instruct in a fun, patient and encouraging manner.
Minimum Age & prior experience
For Level 2 the minimum age is 12 and no prior boating experience is necessary. However we would suggest that if your child has not boated before then those aged 12 – 14 may benefit more by attending the Level 1 course initially.
In terms of boats we have a variety of boats available for children’s courses. For older children the 7.8m & 6.8m Ribcrafts tend to feature on courses whereas for our smaller participants our 5m Humber or our 17ft Logic Marine powerboats are great.
What subjects does this course cover?
The RYA Powerboat Level Two course is the most popular course that we run. Children attending the course range from those starting out in boating and wanting to ensure they get the basics of navigation and handling at close quarters right through to those that have boated for a while and want to develop and hone their skills. Pleasingly, we find that whatever level of experience a child starts out with they all feel that they have been able to really develop their skills during the two days that the course lasts.
Fundamentally, the aim of the course is to help them to become a safe and competent powerboater with a good grounding in boat handling and navigation coupled to the knowledge of how to further develop the skills they have acquired during the course. Our Instructors’ aim is to help those on the course develop at a pace that suits each child having fun in a safe and professional environment. Our feedback suggests we achieve our aim.
Some of the topics that we cover during the course include:
- Launching & recovery
- Approaching and securing to a buoy
- Leaving and coming alongside
- Handling a boat at planing speed
- Man overboard
- Launching & recovery
- Navigation to include charts, tides, buoyage
- Undertaking a passage
- The ‘Collision regulations’
To read more about the RYA Powerboat level 2 course visit the main course pages – Powerboat Level 2
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