Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment

Key Course Details

Duration: 1/2 day

Time: 9am to 5pm

Group Size: 3 per boat

Min Age: From 16

Price: Either £80 or £150



The RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment is a mandatory requirement ahead of all Powerboat Instructor courses.

Course Duration

1/2 day for each group of 3 attendees. If we have 6 attending then one group will go afloat in the morning and another in the afternoon with an overlap at lunchtime to address the theory element of the assessment.

Instructor – student ratio

3 students to 1 Powerboat Trainer per boat.

Minimum Age

Those over the age of 16 can attend the assessment.

Course price

For those attending the RYA Powerboat Instructor course with us the cost of the assessment is £80. If you are not attending the course with us the assessment is £150.

Course dates

You can attend a pre-assessment at any time up to 6 months before your course. Assessments are always scheduled the day before a instructors course for those that can’t get to the centre ahead of the course. We are usually happy to schedule dates for assessments to suit your diary.

Candidates for the pre-assessment will be expected to demonstrate competence in

  • Hold off a mark
  • Pick up and secure to a buoy
  • Moor alongside up/downtide
  • Turn using warps
  • Turn in a confined space
  • Recover a man overboard (dummy)
  • Stop and start the engine
  • Planing speed runs including figure 8 and ‘U’ turns
  • Theory including charts, tides, buoyage, colregs and pilotage

You can read the RYA Guidance Notes for the Pre-assessment here – RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment

To read more about the RYA Powerboat Instructor course visit the main course pages – RYA Powerboat Instructor

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Thank you for your interest in this course.

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Don't forget too that if you are an individual or company/organisation booking a few people onto courses then we may be able to schedule dates around you. Equally, for bookings some time in the future we can usually juggle our course dates if what we have scheduled doesn’t quite work for you.

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DateLocationNumber of places
Fri 17th Jul 2020Poole
Fri 11th Sep 2020Poole
Fri 20th Nov 2020Poole