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The most popular course we do, for those who have just bought a boat and need confidence to go out and handle it safely with the basic knowledge needed, or just to learn and see if it is something they and their family want to take up. If you have your own boat we recommend you do it in that. A largely practical intensive two day course for boat handling and seamanship in small powerboats. The majority of this course is practical and afloat but there will be a need for some theory, we try to do this on the water.


If you have experience we can do a fast track direct assessment course. Have your own boat? we recommend you do the course on it.

You will be required to wear a lifejacket at all times while afloat. We can provide these and waterproofs if required.


£350 per person, max 3 students on each boat, includes Start Powerboating book.

One to one tuition: £595

Price includes a copy of Start Powerboating .

  • If you have your own boat we recommend you do the course on that, our instructor will also give you advice on equipment needed.

  • Preparation: safety equipment

  • Boat handling under way (this constitutes the majority of the course) effects of current and tide.

  • Securing to a buoy, coming alongside in various conditions/circumstances, anchoring, High speed manoeuvres, S turns, U turns, emergency stop, man overboard.

  • Theory work: buoyage systems, basic understanding of charts, compass, weather, tides and tidal streams, IRPCS Rules of the road

  • Collection available from Lymington if required.

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