Powerboat Training at Saltwater RYA Powerboat Training Centre, Christchurch, DorsetMotor Cruiser own boat training course at Saltwater RYA Powerboat Training Centre, Christchurch, Dorset

RYA Powerboat Courses & Bespoke Own Boat Training Courses

We are the only RYA powerboat training centre to offer two distinct training paths: One for people who wish to own or rent a sports boat or RIB and one for people who own, or intend to own, a cabin cruiser. If you need a license to be able to rent a sports boat or RIB abroad (ICC) or wish to obtain an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate in order to drive a sports boat under 10m in length, then follow powerboat training path 1. If you own or intend to own a cabin cruiser then follow powerboat training path 2.

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RYA Powerboat Courses for sports and RIB's

We run RYA Powerboat training courses including Powerboat level 2. These courses are designed to equip you to handle a powerful sports boat or RIB in confined spaces such as a marina as well as at speed on the sea. The boats we use are very well equipped, sea-going RIBS fitted with all the controls and equipment you are likely to encounter on a rental boat or your own.

Click here to go to the Sports Boats and RIBs courses page

Powerboat courses for Cabin Cruisers

If you own, or intend to own, a cabin Cruiser under 10m in length, then these courses are dsesigned for you. Designed to teach the different skills needed to handle larger, higher sided craft both in confined spaces and on the sea, these courses are individually designed to meet the specific needs of our customers and can include the use of equipment such as trim tabs and electronic chart plotters.

These course can be undertaken on your own boat or on one of ours and can include RYA qualifications such as Powerboat level 2 if required

Click here to go to the Motor Cruiser courses page

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Gift Vouchers

Our bargain powerboat course course gift voucher scheme proved very popular last year, and we are pleased to run the scheme again for the 2014 poweboat training season. They make the perfect gift for those who like fun-orientated outward bound adventure as well as serving to educate enthusiasts of all ages new to powerboating.

2014 Big Adventure

Every year we offer invite our customers to join us on a Powerboat Big Adventure. These courses are designed to provide the ultimate in hands on powerboat training for powerboaters and would-be powerboaters to experience what it is like to plan and make longer journeys by sea, equipping them to get more from their own boats.

The Big Adventure for 2014 is a trip to the Scilly Isles. This will be a 7 day powerboat training adventure and will leave from Christchurch in Dorset and take three days to reach the Isles and two days to return leaving two days rest and relaxation on the Islands

More details will be published shortly in the "Big Adventure" section of this website. The guideline cost for participants will be £650.00 plus overnight accommodation costs.

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For those that cannot afford the time for the Big powerboat training Adventure, we offer bespoke ‘experience days’ designed to build on our RYA powerboat training courses and to meet the requirements of our customers. This gives groups of three or four people the chance to develop their seamanship skills aboard one of our 7.2m or 9.0m Arctic Blue RIB’s.

Powerboat Training Courses

Powerboating is enjoyed by many as one of the most exhilarating and invigorating hobbies around. Powerboat training courses allow owners and enthusiasts to gain more from their experience. The skills learnt through our powerboat training courses here at Saltwater Experience will not only provide you with the skills necessary to handle your boat in harbours and out at sea, but install a new level of confidence to allow you to explore and venture out further than you did before.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

The RYA powerboat level 2 training course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as existing boat users and one of the key reasons behind its success lies in it being so practically orientated. With over 70% of the course carried out at sea, those who embark upon the powerboat training level 2 scheme can expect to learn key skills such as manoeuvres, high speed handling and off-shore navigation. Through practice we aim to make you comfortable handling your boat during difficult situations, teaching you valuable skills you can put to use regularly.

All of our powerboat training courses are carried out by a qualified RYA instructor. Our aim is to share as much knowledge as possible with you during the two day course. Our extensive experience in powerboat training along with our enthusiasm for it always rubs off on our students and we strive to make the course as interesting and entertaining as we can. As with all our powerboat training, during the RYA powerboat level 2 training course, we monitor your progress along the way and focus on your individual areas for improvement to make sure you get as much out of the course as possible.

Powerboat Licenses

As one of the most well recognised powerboat licenses providers, the RYA powerboat training courses we provide are recognised across the world as well as by most insurance providers. Those who complete the powerboat training level 2 course will also be eligible to go on to apply for an International Certificate of Competence to drive powerboats of up to 10m (33ft) in length without the need for further training or examination. You’ll also benefit from using state of the art boats and equipment.

Powerboat Training adventures

As well as competitively priced powerboat training courses, we also provide experience days and at least one annual Big Adventure. Designed to be the ultimate ion powerboat training, they give budding adventurers a real taste of the open sea. Previous trips have taken us to new destinations around the world and this years’ event sees us circumnavigate Ireland and travel from Christchurch to the Scilly Isles in July visiting various beautiful Cornish locations along the way. The trip also involves the opportunity to experience new surroundings and meet new people so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Offers for 2015

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Offer

VHF One Day Radio Course

Gift Voucher only £249

2015 course dates now available. Please view calendar, choose your preferred date & secure booking.


Saltwater RYA Powerboat training centre is perfectly situated to offer on-the-water powerboat training on river, harbour and inshore waters

Saltwater RYA Powerboat training centre calander of powerboat training courses in 2014

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Our Details:

Saltwater Experience
RYA Powerboat Training Centre
Rossiters Quay
Bridge Street
BH23 1DZ

Tel: 07889 133555

Principal: Lloyd James
Chief Instructor: Lloyd James