As a charity we rely on the below courses to fund our equipment and provide the services to support community events

RYA Certified courses

* Powerboat level 1 Start Powerboating (PB1)

Is incorporated into our two-day PB2 Course

* Powerboat level 2 handling (PB2)

Without a doubt the most popular RYA Powerboat Course in the world, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a two-day practical and theory course that acts as the starting point for providing all the skills and background knowledge that you need to go afloat safely, including man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

It is also the most popular powerboat charter qualification and is also known as the ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’. Those gaining their Powerboat Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

* First Aid

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries, or on cross-channel passages. This course is MCA approved and satisfies the requirements for Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster and Advanced Powerboat certificates of competence and some commercial work afloat.

* Marine Radio SRC Course and Exam (1 day)

A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio either fixed or handheld.

* ICC  Assessment (1 day)

The ICC (or to give it its full title International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. It was historically known as the International Certificate of Competence. 

(Where evidence of competence is necessary, is intended for British recreational boaters operating UK registered Pleasure Vessels and is based both on what we understand the law to say and boaters’ experiences in the country. The RYA generally recommends carrying the ICC as evidence of competence in other European countries).

* Safety Boat (2 day)

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).

Applicants should have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers (though not essential). RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course

Theory Classroom based (Taught in association with Sail School NI)

* Essential navigation and seamanship

A basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating: sailors, powerboaters, sea anglers, divers and boat masters. Also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers.

* Day skipper

This course is invaluable for learning how to start making decisions onboard a yacht or powerboat and also to help understand what is going on when others take charge. By the end of the course you should have sufficient knowledge to navigate a yacht or powered craft around familiar waters by day and night. This course is recommended for those wanting to brush up on existing navigation and skippering skills and those going on to do the Day Skipper Practical course on sail or powered vessels.

* Coastal Skipper

The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course builds on the skills learnt on the Day Skipper practical course and is arguably the most rewarding course in the cruising schemes. These courses cover advanced skippering techniques in terms of boat handling and passage making.

* Yachtmaster offshore

The RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour. Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G158) available from the RYA webshop 

If aged under 18
Safer waters courses are all bespoke and follow strictly the RYA syllabus. We will contact you to arrange a suitable date for holding the course. It is helpful if you can give us an indication as to when that may be. If you are flexible please indicate so