The RYA National Powerboat Scheme is for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches. These boats do not normally have accommodation on board, and so are not intended for extended cruises. They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other watersports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.

Whether you use powerboats for leisure or work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you.

Powerboat courses

The programme comprises a series of practical courses which can be complemented by navigation and other one-day support courses. 

Courses can be taken either onboard a centre's boat or your own boat and you can enter at any level, provided you have the relevant experience beforehand. Be realistic when assessing your current experience and abilities and, if in doubt, discuss your requirements with your chosen Training Centre before booking your course.

If you know what course you are interested in then please choose below:

Further information from the RYA can be found here.

A summary of the RYA Powerboat scheme can be found here and an online brochure can be found here.