Powerboating on Lake Windermere, Lake District
Driving a powerboat looks easy. In clear, unobstructed, open water it is fairly easy, but once you start interacting with moorings, jetties, trailers and other boats it soon becomes apparent that it isn’t as easy as it looks.
Instruction & NGB Accreditation
We offer both informal and formal tuition and are recognised by the Royal Yachting Association to offer the Level One, Level Two and Safety Boat courses, and by British Water Ski and Wakeboard to offer the Ski Boat Driver Level 2 award. The Level One is a 1 day course, whilst the others are 2 day courses.
All tuition is provided on a private instruction basis, so can be booked at a time to suit you and tailored to meet your requirements. The instruction is carried out in a variety of boats to give you a broad range of experience, and can also be carried out in your own boat if required.
For the BWSW Ski Boat Driver Level 2 additional certificate and membership fees will be payable to the BWSW. You will need to provide a passport-type photograph for both the RYA Level 2 and BWSW Ski Boat Driver Level 2 awards.
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Direct Assessment for RYA and BWSW Awards
We can also carry out a direct assessment for the RYA Level Two and BWSW Ski Boat Driver Level 2 awards, which will include a practical and written test. The assessment takes around two hours and is charged at our powerboat instruction rates. (Additional fees will be payable to the BWSW for their award.) Please ensure that you are familiar with and can carry out all aspects of the syllabus before undertaking the test as we are not able to provide instruction during the assessment. You will need to provide a passport-type photograph for either course.
Please note: there is a 10 nautical mph speed limit on Windermere and our courses will observe this speed limit. Under certain circumstances we can obtain an exemption from the Lake District National Park Authority to exceed this speed limit when providing recognised tuition. The minimum age for powerboat tuition is 16 years old.
1st April – 31st October open seven days a week.
(Outside these dates please contact us to check availability)
All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.
For bookings and more information telephone the Centre on Windermere:
You can download a copy of our latest Watersports Activities Sheet PDF(545kb).
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Checkout the webcam or the centre's weather station to get the latest updates on the conditions here at the centre.
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