Powerboat Courses

Bolton Sailing Club is a recognised  training centre of the Royal Yachting Association.

Please contact training@sail.org.uk if you are interested in attending one of the courses being held at Bolton SC.

Once you’ve passed, please send a copy of your certificate to training@sail.org.uk so that the Bolton Sailing Club training records can be kept up-to-date.


RYA PB Level 1 (Start Powerboating) & PB Level 2 (Powerboat Handling)

This is two courses rolled into one.

RYA Powerboat Level 1 teaches you boating safety, boat handling and basic theory.

After doing PB Level 1 you will have a basic understanding of powerboating.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 teaches you close quarters boat handling, planing speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

After doing PB Level 2 you will be able to handle a powerboat in familiar waters by day.

Assumed Knowledge:                    None.

Eligibility:                                        Minimum 12 years old.

                                                       You will need to bring a passport photo for your certificate

Course duration:                            2 days.

Venue:                                            Bolton SC.

Course Fee (BSC members):         £130.

Course Fee (non-members):          £130 + BSC joining fee + BSC membership fee.

Two courses are planned for 2018:

1st course dates:                           Saturdays 19 & 26 May.

2nd course dates:                          POSTPONED until early 2019 due to the number of trainees on the RYA L1&2 Dinghy Course


Safety Boat

The Safety Boat Course teaches you recovery techniques for various craft and fleet management.

After the course you will be able to provide safety cover in a racing or training environment.

Assumed Knowledge:                 RYA Powerboat Level 2.

Eligibility:                                     Minimum 16 years old.

Venue:                                         Bolton SC.

Course Fee (BSC members):      £130.

Course Fee (non-members):       £130 + BSC joining fee + BSC membership fee.

Duration:                                       2 days.

Dates:                                           POSTPONED until early 2019 due to the number of trainees on the RYA L1&2 Dinghy Course


What to Bring

For the Powerboat Level 2 course bring a passport photo for your certificate.

Warm weather:

Wetsuit, swimwear, and dinghy boots if you have them. Alternatively, a windproof and waterproof spray top and leggings, swimwear, trainers and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Even on a hot day, the water temperature will be cold and the wind can have a chilling effect especially if you get wet. Insect repellent, sunglasses, suncream and a hat are also a good idea.

Cold weather:

More substantial windproof and waterproof clothing, boots and a warm hat. Several layers of breathable clothing layers are better than one thick layer. If it is very cold you might want to wear a drysuit or a 5mm wetsuit/steamer.

Bring a towel and a change of clothing to wear after the training.

Bring a packed lunch too.


Paying For a Course at Bolton SC

Payments should be made ASAP in advance of the course.

Payments can be made with cash, cheque (please write on the back of the cheque the title of the course), or BACS transfer:

  • Bank: HSBC
  • Account name: Bolton Sailing Club
  • Account number: 5222 2485
  • Sort code: 40-12-25
  • Reference: Title of course (e.g. Adult L1&2, PB L1&2, Seamanship,…)


Cancellation Policy

No place will be confirmed on courses held at Bolton Sailing Club until payment of the course fee has been received. 25% of all course fees are non-refundable if you drop out.

You understand that the Co-ordinator of an event held at Bolton Sailing Club may cancel or postpone the event at any stage in the case of bad weather, equipment failure or otherwise. Under such circumstances the event will either be re-arranged or the course fee refunded.


Risk Statement

It must be recognised that sailing and powerboating are by nature unpredictable sports and therefore inherently involve an element of risk. By taking part, you agree and acknowledge that:

  • You are aware there is an inherent element of risk involved in watersports and you accept responsibility for exposing yourself to such inherent risk whilst taking part.
  • You will comply at all times with the instructions of the instructor and/or skipper of the boat particularly with regard to instructions for boarding and leaving the boat and/or launching and recovery, using the equipment on the boat and handling sails, wearing of buoyancy aids, lifejackets and the wearing of suitable clothing in particular footwear for the conditions.
  • You accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss caused by your own negligence.
  • You will not participate whilst your ability to take part is impaired by alcohol, drugs or whilst otherwise unfit to participate.
  • You are aware that the provision of supervision by the instructors is limited to such assistance, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.
  • You agree to abide by the Rules, Bylaws and Regulations of Bolton Sailing Club (http://sail-org-uk.stackstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CRBR.pdf).
  • You understand that insurance against personal accident and loss or damage to personal property is your responsibility.