RSGYC Irish Sailing National Powerboat Certificate Course

The next Irish Sailing Level 2 Powerboat Course will take place over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of May

This course is designed to provide candidates with the basic skills and techniques required for handling a powerboat in coastal waters by day and within sight of land. The course is conducted in accordance with the standards laid down by Irish Sailing (IS) and the RYA. Successful candidates will be awarded the IS National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2).

In order to qualify to undertake the National Powerboat Certificate, to the syllabus as set by the Irish Sailing Association, a participant must first obtain the Introduction to Powerboating Certificate or otherwise be capable of demonstrating equivalent boating experience. Equivalent experience is understood to mean that the participant is able to demonstrate the core capabilities as outlined in the description attached to the Pre-Assessment for National Powerboat Course form and explanation, which if required, is available from the Sailing Office in the Club.

The course will involve both shore instruction, and instruction afloat. By far the most time will be spent afloat and this allows the candidate to gain as much hands on experience and practice a possible. Therefore it is important that the candidates are properly equipped. The minimum requirements each candidate should bring for going afloat are:

  • Lifejacket / Buoyancy Aid, of suitable size
  • Dry suit / Offshore Suit / Waterproof & Warm Clothing
  • Warm undergarments (fibre pile recommended)
  • Headgear and Gloves
  • Sea Boots/Boots/Shoes (not black soles and NOT trainers)

The course will start at 08.45 am sharp on both Saturday & Sunday mornings in the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Initially there will be a briefing, which will explain the format of the course, and what activities are planned. The Club will provide light Lunches. Candidates may wish to bring a thermos flask for hot drinks during the day.

The syllabus covered will cover all points laid down under the IS and RYA Powerboat training schemes. In summary, this will include the following:

  • Proper launching and recovery
  • Boat handling under way
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Coming alongside
  • Anchoring
  • Man Overboard
  • Towing
  • Types of craft
  • Safety
  • Introduction to Engines
  • Basic Pilotage and navigationTides and Tidal Streams
  • Suggested reading Power boating by Peter White (published by Adlard Cole).

The National Powerboat Certificate Agenda

8:45 am: Muster and introductions
9:00 am until 10:30 am Classroom based content
10:45 am On the water
13:00 pm Lunch (provided)
14:00 pm Classroom briefing before going on the water for the afternoon
Finish by 17:00pm

09:00 am: (Sharp) Muster
9:00 am until 09:30 am Classroom based content
09:45 am On the water
13:00 pm Lunch (provided)
14:00 pm Classroom briefing before going on the water for the afternoon
Finish by 16:45 pm

Please ensure that you are fully prepared for all weather conditions as outlined.

Candidate must participate continuously on both days to be eligible for assessment on the last day.

To view the complete Irish Sailing National Powerboat Certificate Syllabus please click here: 

To reserve a place on the course please click here:



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