Our RYA Training Centre Powerboat & Motorboat Courses - Call 0800 0786 176.

From the outset, we have attempted to develop our powerboat & motorboat training courses to be the best.

To achieve this, we train, re-train and continually assess our own instructors. We analyse the comments and experiences continuously improve our course content and delivery. We invest in the very best boats our Arctic Blues really are magnificent and we have created a purpose designed training centre based at Rossiters Quay, Christchurch.

Of course, we already have an unfair advantage in that we are based in what we believe is the finest boating location anywhere in the UK. Christchurch is blessed with two navigable rivers, a stunning harbour and direct access to the sea with the Solent on the left and the Jurassic coast on the right. This unique combination allows us to design our courses to cover every handling requirement from narrow channels with currents, winding channels through large open waters and open sea with sheltered bays and guaranteed rough water around headlands when required.

If you are going to learn how to handle a boat, then why not do it with the very best combination of instructors, boats and location? We look forward to welcoming you at Rossiters Quay, Christchurch.

Shorebased training with Saltwater Experience

Saltwater Experience Training Centre, Rossiters Quay, Christchurch

On our practical course you can learn all the handling techniques you will ever need. On our shore based RYA courses, you can gain the certifications you need to use your radio(s) and the skills you need to keep your boat and crew operational.

We have created an up-to-date, comfortable shore based RYA training centre equipped with the latest presentation equipment and training aids. The centre also sports a comfortable relaxation area serving good quality tea and coffee and we are adding a deck for good measure to soak up the sun from it south facing aspect whenever it shines (and here, in Christchurch, it shines more than in most places in the UK).

Our courses:

Course Cost Min Age Pre-course Knowledge and Experience Ability After Course
RYA Powerboat Level 1 £185 8 None Able to handle a powerboat under supervision
RYA Powerboat Level 2 £245 12 None Able to handle a powerboat as skipper in familiar waters by day
Motorboat cruising by day (Inc. RYA level 2) £360 16 Powerboat Level 2 RYA level 2 + Plan and execute coastal journies safely by sea
RYA Diesel Course £89 16 No experience needed Diesel engine care & repairs at sea
RYA VHF Course £89 12 No experience needed On passing you will be able to gain your VHF licence (min age 16)

*** All of these course can be combined with a stay at the Captains Club Spa Hotel (at extra charge) ***

RYA Powerboat Level 1 The one day introduction to powerboating.

Step aboard one of our Super RIBS and learn, amongst other things, how to prepare and drive the boat, moor safely alongside and to a buoy, and end the day by experiencing piloting the boat at speed in the open sea.

One day Course, price £185 per person (no previous experience required)

RYA Powerboat Level 2 National Powerboat course.

No taster this at the end of this course you will be able to safely skipper a powerboat in your home waters taking responsibility for the boat preparation, yours and your crew´s safety and be able to prepare and execute passage plans and pilotage for local journeys by day.

Two day course, price £245 per person(No previous experience required).

Intro to motorboating The course for people with cabin cruisers

Want to feel confident about taking your boat on longer journeys but not sure how to handle headlands or enter strange harbours? Then this is the course for you.

On this 3 day course you will cover all of the RYA powerboat level2 courses and spend time out to sea piloting Spartan, our 9m Super RIB. We will teach you to plan and execute longer journeys including how to handle rougher seas.

Three Day Course, normal price £380.00 per person (includes RYA Powerboat 2).

ICC/RYA Powerboat 2 Direct assessment

Already an experienced Powerboater but need a qualification for insurance or an ICC so you can charter boats? You can take the theory and boat handling test of RYA Powerboat 2 without attending the full 2 day course above by taking our direct assessment.

Direct assessment, price £160 per person (demonstrable experience required).

Diesel Engine course options

The RYA diesel course - £89.00

A one day course designed to give attendees an understanding of basic diesel maintenance and trouble shooting.

Our Instructor, Lloyd James has been lecturing and instructing in all things petrol and diesel for over twenty years and he has spotted that what many people want instead of a generalised diesel maintenance course is the option to have a dedicated one to one session aboard their own boat learning how to cope with engine failure underway and general maintenance of their own particular power plant, petrol or diesel, installations.

For this reason, as well as running regular RYA diesel maintenance course we are offering half day one-to-one sessions aboard peoples own boats.

RYA VHF Course - £89

What you need to get a valid operators license and all you need to know to operate a VHF safely at sea.

Call 07889 133555 to discuss your requirements and course availability.

Richard: "A hugely enjoyable and stimulating course which I would thoroughly recommend to anybody. I now feel much more confident in both boat handling and navigation. Thanks David!"

Graeme: "Not having much experience with boats before, it was surprising to find out what a difference a really experienced instructor and a proper boat makes! This may sound obvious but the boat David uses is great. Much better than any other training school I looked at and I know when I start taking boats out on my own the experience I gained will be a huge comfort. It was just fun to be out on a boat with someone that knows what they´re doing and obviously loves it! Thanks David, you were very patient and I would recommend you guys to everyone who wants to go out and have some fun on a boat …"