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RYA Level 1 - Start Powerboating

Aim of course:

The aim of Power Boat Level 1 is to provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats. It covers boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, mooring, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. The course is conducted in both planing and displacement boats 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.


Instructor ratios:

The course will operate on an instructor:Student ratio of 1:3 with a maximum of 6 students.


Course delivery:

Delivery of Classroom, Onshore and Onwater sessions will be by SSSC Powerboat Instructors in accordance with the relevant RYA method.


Course Content:


Basic boat controls and equipment and clothing

Crew positioning, risks to crew and boat during manoeuvres

Boat handling, speed vs steerage, helm position before power

Boat trim

Mooring, Lines, boat hook, effects of windage way and current

Towing



Detailed lesson plan

Equipment:

Boats: Highfield RIB, 18' Plymouth Pilot

Classroom: Clubroom / Training Loft

Training area:

The course will operate in the area in front of the clubhouse boathouse, left hand slipway (looking out onto the lake from the clubhouse), both jetties, both boathouses (clubhouse and lake) and all areas of the lake.


DETAILED LESSON PLAN

9.00 - 9.45

Prelims -ready boats, boat checks, launching.

9.45 - 10.45

GENERAL BOAT HANDLING

Start/stop engine. Use of kill cord Low speed ahead and astern, higher speeds as appropriate - highlight possibility of flooding in reverse and positioning of crew/passengers re: effects, safety etc. Control speed and steerage - emphasise comfort and safety. Entering/leaving lake boathouse. Prop angle/effects etc. Figure of eight, circles (port & starboard), reverse - as appropriat.

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee

11.15 - 12.15

PICKING UP / SECURING TO A BUOY

Prep of mooring lines Use of boat hook. Method of approach/angle. Controlling speed/angle of approach. Awareness of and use of windage/current . Crew communication. Making fast/securing to a cleat.

12.15 - 1.00

Lunch

1.00 - 2.00

LEAVING / COMING ALONGSIDE

Control of speed/angle of approach. Awareness of and use of windage/current Making fast alongsid.

2.00 - 2.30

Coffee

2.30 - 3.30

BEING TOWED

Preparing towing lines, safety considerations. Accepting and securing towlines. Trim and balance under tow, raise engine on towed boat - astern/alongside. Stowing towing lines.

3.30- 4.00

E.O.D. procedures & certificates


Last updated 19:44 on 23 June 2022

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