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Prices are per person and are for a 2 day course.
Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge
About the course
By the end of the course you should be a self-sufficient power boater in the right conditions.
The course is suitable for anyone who owns a powerboat or if you would like develop skills to operate a powerboat in a safe and responsible manner.
You will be with a qualified instructor who will give you full training with an assessment built in.
Upon successful completion of all requirements of the syllabus you will be awarded the RYA Level 2 certificate.
The RYA National Powerboat level two certificate is also a pre-requisite for:
RYA Dinghy Instructor
RYA Windsurfing Instructor
RYA safety boat course
The certificate can also be used as proof of competence when applying for the International Certificate of Competence. (ICC). This is something that we can build into the course.
- Launching and recovery
- Low and high speed manoeuvres
- Securing to a buoy
- Knots and ropework
- Types of craft and engine
- Coming alongside
- Awareness of other water users
- Clothing and equipment
- Man overboard procedure
- Emergency procedures
The course will be taught in a highly practical manner using both outboard and inboard engine powerboats and supported by shore-based sessions providing essential background knowledge.
- Instruction by Royal Yachting Association qualified instructor
- Maximum group size of three people
- Protective clothing and safety equipment
- RYA logbook and certificate
What’s not included
- Personal insurance
The course dates show your actual activity days and the course will run from 10am to around 4.30pm each day. There will be a break for lunch at a convenient time. Please arrive at 9:45am on your first day to book into the centre.
What to bring
- Trainers or wellies
- Warm clothes, hats & gloves (it can get very cold on the lake!)
- Sun block & sunglasses (fingers crossed!)
- Passport photo for certificate
Lunch is not supplied however those attending courses at The Watersports Centre are eligible for a discount of 10% off food at the Langdale Bar at Low Wood Bay. Alternatively candidates can bring their own lunch.
How to find us
We are situated at the northern end of Windermere, on the A591 between the towns of Windermere and Ambleside. We have ample car parking on site. The nearest railway station is at Windermere (4 miles) and the centre is served by a number of bus routes.
1st November 2021 - 1st April 2022
(The centre is closed for hire. Boat hire will be available on reopening in April 2022)
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
All sessions are subject to availability & weather conditions.
Parking & Facilities
Our facilities include ample parking (free for customers only), changing rooms and showers, equipment hire and a shop selling refreshments and watersports equipment.
Sat Nav: LA23 1LP
Webcam & Weather Station
Visit our weather station page to find out the current weather conditions in and around the lake. The webcam page provides users with a selection of pre-selected views from which to choose from, allowing users limited control over the camera.
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings: watersports. Licence details can be confirmed by calling The Licensing Service on Tel: 029 2075 5715. Registration number: L9072/R0178.
South Lakeland District Council
Our boats and operators are licensed and inspected by SLDC (South Lakeland District Council) as required under the Public Health Act 1907, Section 94.