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.

If you are interested in learning to helm a powerboat, please email the WSC Training team [email protected] .

RYA Training Centre

Powerboat training courses 2023

  • All courses run from 9am - 5pm.
  • Buoyancy aids can be provided.
  • More dates and courses for 2023 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]

Further course details and booking forms can be found here.

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].

  • Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th May 2023
  • Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August 2023

  • Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2023

RYA Safety Boat

A two day course focused on recovery techniques for various craft and fleet management

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

Skill level: PBL2 prerequisite

Members book through your Membership Portal.

Non-members book by emailing [email protected]

  • Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2023

WSC Safety Boat 

A one day course, essential for members who wish to volunteer for safety duty at club events.

Cost: Free 

Members book through your Membership Portal.

PBL2 prerequisite

  • Saturday 4th February 2023
  • Saturday 18th March 2023
  • Saturday 29th April 2023
  • Saturday 12th August 2023
  • Saturday 7th October 2023
  • Saturday 4th November 2023

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 11th and Sunday 12th March 2023
  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April 2023


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]