Power Boat Level 1

This course is a one day introduction to power boating where you will learn essential boating techniques.

Course Journey

  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    This is a beginner's course. You do not require any prior knowledge or experience of motor boats.

  • COURSE AIM

    This course is designed to introduce you to the world of motor boats.

  • ABILITY AFTER COURSE

    You will have knowledge and experience of operating a motor boat under supervision.

  • NEXT STEP

    Power Boat Level 2 is our recommended next course for those looking to advance their confidence and capabilities.

Course DetailsCOURSE DETAILS

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

Pre-course Experience

You do not need any experience for this course.

Assumed Knowledge

You do not need any knowledge to take up this course.

Course Content

During this course you will learn how to launch and prepare a boat. You will also learn about basic boat handling and returning to shore safely as well as background theory.

Minimum Duration – 1 Day

Minimum Age

The minimum age for this course is 8. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

Ability after Course

You will be able to drive a power boat under supervision.

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SYLLABUS

Below is a list of the topics for study and practice involved in this course.

Section A – Practical Boat Handling

1. Launching and Recovery: (8 to 10 year olds to observe this session only)
Knowledge of:

• Considerations to be taken during the launch
• The use of a trailer or launching trolley
• Considerations to be taken regarding sea conditions and hazards
• Construction, width and condition of ramp/slipway

2. Preparation of Boat and Crew
Understands:

• Personal buoyancy and appropriate clothing
• The use if the following equipment: lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailer, fire extinguisher, pump, paddles or oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit and sharp knife

Can:

• Perform the following: fasten to a cleat and stow an

3. Boat Handling
Knowledge of:

• Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, use of shallow drive
• Low speed handling: ahead and astern
• Displacement boats: handling and astern, carrying way in neutral

Understands:

• How to carry out pre-start checks, including fuel tank and fuel bulb
• Steering controls and windage

Can:

• Steer and control boat speed
• Start and stop engine
• Demostrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times

4. Picking Up and Securing to a Mooring Buoy
Knowledge of:

• Preparation of mooring warps
• Use of a boat hook
• Method of approach
• Crew communication
• Making fast

5. Leaving and Coming Alongside
Knowledge of:

• Wind effect
• Approach in tidal stream or current

Understands:

• Leaving – ahead or astern

Can:

• Demostrate the use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
• Control speed and angle of approach
• Make fast alongside

6. Being Towed
Knowledge of:

• Preparing own lines for towing
• Accepting a tow
• Securing tow to lines
• Trim and balance under tow

Section B – Theory

Knowledge of:

• Loading and balancing the boat and the effect on handling and performance
• Local bye laws and insurance

Understands:

• Crew numbers: minimum number in the boat, keeping a look-out
• Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
• Application of IRPCS. Understands rules 5 and 6 and conduct around commercial shipping in confined waters

  • Training with Phil Jackson of Suncoast gave us the confidence to use our boat in all conditions and to cruise new areas. The teaching was highly professional and informative but also relaxed and fun! If you have a boat, or are thinking of buying one, remember to invest a bit of money in yourself. Get confident, ring Suncoast.

    Neil & Janice McLachlan
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