Development days on our motor cruiser

Key Course Details

Duration: 1 day

Time: 9am - 5pm

Group Size: Varies ~ 1 - 5

Min Age: 18

Price: £1200



This is a great opportunity to develop your motor cruising experience on what we call a ‘Development Day’.

Course Duration

Often one day but could be as many days as you wish to be afloat. Whilst the default timings are 9-5 this can be extended or you can start later to do a night passage.

Course Dates

Development Days are booked to suit you.

Course location

Poole or Lymington

Prior Experience Required

Attendees can be at any level. What we spend time doing you will of course be influenced by your existing qualifications and experience.

Minimum age


Instructor – Student Ratio

This depends on how many you book together but 1 – 5.

Plan for the crossing

Development Days whether on our RIBs or Motor Cruiser have always proved really popular. Whether you just want time afloat to consolidate the skills that you learnt on a course or you want to push on your training outside a structured, accredited course then ‘Development Days’ are the way forward.

You can come on a Development Day on your own or with a group of friends or family. With groups and family we can structure what you do around the varying level of the people there with you. For example if one of you wants to focus on close quarter handling we can do that whilst then heading to a nice anchorage for lunch followed perhaps by the kids getting involved in ‘man overboard’ practice.

And whilst we call the ‘Development Days’ they can go on as long as you want as we have had people join us for 1, 2 and even 6 days.

If you think this may prove an interesting option give us a call or email us and we can chat through the options with you.

Why choose Powerboat Training UK for a ‘Development Day’?

Our location and teaching facilities ~ Poole Harbour is a truly amazing teaching location – so much so that the RNLI and the Royal Marines base their training operations here. Our classrooms are well resourced, professional, clean and tidy.

Likewise our base in Lymington at Aquasafe Powerboat School is at Lymington Yacht Haven which like Cobbs Quay is a large marina with a huge range of craft. The Solent offers an outstanding cruising ground with a wide variety of harbours and marinas to enter.

Our Instructors ~ We ensure that our instructors are teaching 100% ‘Best Practice’ and have a process whereby we constantly review their sessions to ensure that you get the most productive experience from your time with us. All teach because they love boating and we work with them to constantly ‘upskill’ their qualifications and experience.

Our history ~ We started the school over ten years ago and have grown a reputation for delivering on our promises. Our clients range from individuals with their own craft to organisations such as Sunseeker, the RNLI and we were awarded the RYA Training contract by Dorset Police for the London 2012 Olympic events in Weymouth.

We are also very proud to have written the RYA Powerboat Handbook and the RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook.

Our craft ~ Our main training vessel is ‘True Blue’ a Rodman 1250 with twin 430Hp Volvo Penta engines operating through twin shafts. True Blue is an established charter boat based at Poole Quay Boat Haven and it makes a great training vessel. It is fitted with a considerable amount of electronics and has AIS, dual VHFs, dual radars, an electronic GPS based compass (these are very unusual on smaller craft), navtex and is coded to Cat 2 (60 miles from a Safe Haven).

What is included in the course price? ~ When you undertake a course on this craft with us then the price you pay includes all fuel used and includes VAT too – a common extra.

Does the price represent good value? ~ remember in life you pretty much get what you pay for. We have great facilities in large marinas offering a great all-round experience. Check out the other relevant pages on this website to see what we mean.

Course prices The price quoted in the ‘Key Course Details’ section above is the price per head for 1 person, for 2 persons the per head cost reduces by 2.5% and for three people by 5%. The price shown is inclusive of VAT.

Some of the offers available when buying this course include…..

Special Offer No1!! Book and pay for your VHF Course at the same time as you book this course and only pay £75 for the VHF course (including course pack). (Usual cost is £100, you also need to pay the RYA Fee which is £60). You can choose whether to undertake the course in the classroom or online. We run VHF Courses every two weeks so fitting you in will never be an issue – we run these courses in Poole and Lymington.

Special Offer No2!! We also offer the opportunity to book the classroom RYA Dayskipper Theory Course for £350 (usually £395) when booked alongside a Dayskipper Practical course. This is a great course to really further develop your understanding of charts, tides, buoyage and navigation onto the next level after the course.

Development days on our motor cruiser - Enquire

Thank you for your interest in this course.

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