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Powerboat, safetyboat and refresher powerboat sessions for club members

At Cransley SC we offer our members 

  • introductory sessions which leads to a two-day RYA powerboat 2 course
  • free powerboat refresher sessions for existing powerboat drivers to boost confidence
  • safety boat introductory sessions which could lead to a two-day RYA safety boat course
  • free safety boat refresher sessions for existing safety boat drivers

Refresher/introductory sessions  are available on Thursday evenings from June to August
To book a place on the free refresher/introductory session or to find out more about the powerboat or safety        boat courses please contact  Steve Pawluk

Start Power & Boating Level 1 & Powerboat Handling Level 2 course 

Dates: 6th & 13th May Times: 9.30am to 5pm Cost £40   This is a two day course.

Start Power Boating Level 1 Course content: Preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed

Powerboat Handling Level 2 Course content: Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard. 

After completing the course: Self-sufficient power boater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft


Please contact Steve Pawluk at committee.cransleysc@gmail.com to book your place. Limited to 6 members so book now to avoid disappointment. 


On successful completion, the RYA Certificate does require a passport sized photo.  Payment must be made once your reservation is accepted to guarantee your place on this course.

Safety Boat Course 

To register your interests please email Steve Pawluk  The course is limited to six candidates.

Safety Boat Course: Dates: 25th March & 2nd April

Times: 9.30am to 5pm Cost £40

Safety Boat Course Content: Adults minimum age16 years

Assumed knowledge: Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. An RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate must be held prior to this course. Course content: Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users

After completing the course: Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing

Powerboat Level 2 course - brief outline

Provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It aims to teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planing and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type of boat in which the training took place. 


Assumed knowledge: None. May be preceded by Level 1

Minimum duration: 2 days

Minimum age: 12 (candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate)

Course content: Launching and recover, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard. 

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

Powerboat Level 1

Provides a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. It covers boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planing and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type of boat in which the training took place. A one day introduction to Powerboating with no previous experience required.

Assumed knowledge: None
Minimum duration: 1 day
Minimum age: 8 (candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate)
Course content: Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds to observe), preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming                                                                                                 alongside, man overboard (theory)       Ability after course: Able to drive under supervision

Safety boat courses - brief outline

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying. It is strongly recommended that a member of the rescue crew should hold a first aid certificate (or should have experience of first aid).


Assumed knowledge:  Should have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course
Minimum duration: 2 days
Minimum age: 16 years old

Course content: Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users
Ability after course: Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing


The RYA urges powerboat drivers to heed safety advice Following publication of the MAIB's report into last years RIB accident the RYA is urging drivers to always wear a kill cord and to important safety steps.

Following the publication of the MAIB’s report today (30 January 2014) on its investigation of the tragic RIB accident which took place in the Camel Estuary, Cornwall the RYA is urging owners and drivers of small open-powered boats and RIBs to stay safe by following these simple safety steps:



  1. Always wear a kill cord.
  2. Keep a good look out.
  3. Keep passengers and crew seated safely with secure handholds. 
  4. Maintain good communication throughout the journey.  
Salutary reminder

Richard Falk RYA Training Manager “Last year’s accident was a salutary reminder to us all of how important it is to always wear a kill cord when underway.

"However, with most incidents there is rarely one single causal factor, but rather a number of contributory factors. In a majority of cases the avoidance of any one of these factors would have either prevented the accident or at the very least minimised its severity.  

“That is why it is vitally important that boaters should never lose sight of any of these basic safety steps that should be followed every time they go out on the water, in particular to always wear a kill cord when underway.”  

 "If one good thing can possibly come from this tragedy it's that the issue of kill cords has received a great deal of media scrutiny.

"We would like to hope that has made more people aware of the hazards of operating craft without a kill cord attached."  

Assisted the MAIB

The RYA assisted the MAIB (Marine Accident and Investigation Branch) in its investigations into this sad incident and continues to work with the Branch, the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the RNLI in promoting safety on the water.  

It will be implementing the recommendations made with regard to its Powerboat Scheme as well as taking additional steps to further highlight hazards associated with high speed craft through our range of publications.  

The RYA Powerboat 2 course is an excellent entry level course for anyone considering driving a small open-powered craft or RIB. More advanced tuition for more powerful or high performance craft available through our intermediate and advanced courses.

Safety Steps1. Always wear a kill cord

Always, always use a kill cord and ensure that it is correctly attached to the driver of the boat. Wearing of kill cords is essential, as highlighted in the RYA’s annual Safety Advisory Notice 01/14.

The kill cord when correctly worn will stop the engine if the driver becomes dislodged from the helm position. You should always switch off your engine before coming alongside someone in the water.  

2. Keep a good look out

Ensure the driver of the boat keeps a proper lookout at all times. When towing anyone on water skis, wake-boards or inflatables always have a spotter in the boat to monitor the people being towed.  

3. Safe seating and good handholds

The driver, passengers and crew must have a firm handhold at all times and be seated on seats and not on the sides or the boat or at the front - particularly at high speed. Speed should be matched to the conditions – in rougher conditions slow down.  

4. Good communication

The driver should warn passengers and crew prior to making any manoeuvres at speed or approaching rough water or wash from other vessels.

Read more information on safety.

Don’t ruin a good day out on the water: be safe, enjoy more!