RYA Powerboat Safety Boat

Course Currently Unavailable

Due to our COVID-19 Safety Policy, we are currently unable to perform activities and courses which require instruction and close contact between staff and customers. This activity will be unavailable until further notice.

Please See our COVID-19 Safety Policy for more information

This course is aimed at those looking to provide safety and rescue cover to racing and training fleets of dinghies and windsurfers, and to provide assistance to a variety of other craft.

Number of People Price Per Person
1 £400.00
2 £325.00
3 £305.00

Prices are per person and are for a 2 day course.

Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge

You must hold the RYA Powerboat Level 2. It is useful to have some background knowledge of dinghy sailing. It is strongly recommended that those providing safety cover hold a first aid certificate.

Ability after course

Able to provide safety and rescue cover to racing and training fleets of dinghies and windsurfers, and to provide assistance to a variety of other craft.


Upon successful completion of all requirements of the syllabus you will be awarded the RYA Safety Boat Certificate.

Outline syllabus

  • Boat equipment and preparation
  • Race management duties
  • Positioning and sailing area
  • Communication with crew and vessels
  • Recovering personnel from the water
  • Entrapments
  • Methods of towing
  • Types and suitability of craft
  • Standing off other craft
  • Coming alongside under way
  • Lay and recover marks
  • Righting capsized dinghies
  • Dealing with multihull craft
  • Recovering windsurfers
  • Recovering kayaks and canoes
  • Assisting other water users

The course will be taught in a highly practical manner and supported by shore-based sessions providing essential background knowledge.

What’s included

  • Instruction by Royal Yachting Association qualified instructor
  • Maximum group size of three people
  • Protective clothing and safety equipment
  • RYA logbook (if required) and certificate

What’s not included

  • Personal insurance
  • Towels


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!)

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.

Age Limits

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.

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.

Opening Times

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
Weekends: Closed

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.

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