Powerboat Courses

Whitefriars Sailing Club (WSC) is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre where we offer a range of RYA courses for both dinghy sailing and powerboating, as well as an accredited first aid course. The courses are aimed at WSC members and its affiliated groups, but we open certain training dates to non-members on application.

The RYA courses offer structured learning programs run in an informative, enjoyable and safe manner by instructors who are also WSC members.

Please browse the page if you are interested in learning to helm a powerboat, and email any questions you may have to the WSC Training team [email protected] .

RYA Training Centre

Powerboat training courses 2024

  • All courses run from 9am - 5pm.
  • Buoyancy aids can be provided.
  • More dates and courses for 2024 may follow depending on demand.
  • Courses are available to non-members but will only be available to book one month prior to the date of the course and must be paid in full at the time of booking. Email: [email protected]

Bookings can be made through the membership portal.

For more information about the scope and limits of courses please download a RYA powerboat summary of courses here.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

PBL2 is a two day course that is recognised internationally for powerboat handling.

Cost: WSC members £125 and non-members £250.

Skill level: No previous experience required - you do not need to have passed PBL1 to sign up for this course. 

Members book through your Membership Portal.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected].

  • Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2024
  • Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2024

  • Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2024

RYA Safety Boat

A two day course focused on recovery techniques for a wide variety of craft and fleet management

Cost: WSC members £125 and non-members £250.

Skill level: PBL2 prerequisite

The course is run when there is sufficient demand so please check later in 2024.

Non-members enquire by emailing [email protected]

WSC Safety Boat 

A one day course, exclusively for members who wish to volunteer for Safety Officer (SO) duty at club events.

Cost: Free 

Members book through your Membership Portal.

PBL2 prerequisite

  • Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Saturday 31st August 2024
  • Saturday 9th November 2024

WSC Safety Boat refresher course

A half day course for members to ask questions and brush up on SO duty skills

Cost: Free 

Members book through your Membership Portal.

Skill level: PBL2 and WSC Safety Boat pre-requisite

  • Saturday 6th July 2024  ( Morning or Afternoon sessions )

WSC Tiller Steer Conversion 

Members only on demand


For more information, please contact

Sailing courses: Tim Hopes (Training Principal and Chief Sailing Instructor)
Powerboat and safety boat courses: Pete Bone (Chief Powerboat Instructor)
Instructional opportunities and courses not listed: Tim Hopes (Training Principal and Chief Sailing Instructor)
For general enquiries: [email protected]