Powerboating at Cobnor
Powerboating at Cobnor Activities Centre follows the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) syllabus, whether you want to use powerboats for leisure or in connection with another outdoor activity such as sailing we can help you get those basic skills.
RYA Powerboat Courses
RYA Powerboat Level 2
This course provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types and hulls and the certificate issued will be endorsed appropriately. 12 to 16 year olds will be awarded a Level 2 certificate endorsed: "The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult."
More details on the syllabus can be found in the RYA ‘Powerboat Logbook’ (G20)
RYA Safetyboat Course
This course introduces the techniques used in powerboats escorting racing fleets of dinghies and windsurfers, providing safety and rescue cover for training fleets and assisting in race management. Techniques for canoes/kayaks and kite surfers will also be discussed.
It is strongly recommended that participants hold a first aid certificate.
Please visit Scheduled Courses and then click "Powerboat" on the menu to view all available dates.
Become an RYA Powerboat Instructor...
RYA Powerboat Pre-Assessment
In order to be accepted for training at Powerboat Instructor level, all candidates must pass a practical test on powerboat handling skills, conducted by an RYA Powerboat trainer. This must be completed a year before instructor training.
RYA Powerboat Instructors Course
This 3 day course will train candidates and assess their competency to teach powerboating up to the standard of the RYA National Powerboat Certificate Level 2. If an RYA Safetyboat Certificate is already held, successful candidates will also be permitted to run this.
Please visit Scheduled Courses and then click "Instructor Courses" on the menu to view all available dates.
We use Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) mainly to provide safety boat cover for our sailing fleets. We have four 5.5 metre RIBs that are also used to provide stable platforms for powerboat courses. Meanwhile, our 7 metre RIB can be used with our larger sailing dinghies for safety cover. In powerboat level 2 courses she is great for wave handling and high-speed manoeuvres. She is sometimes used to provide trips around Chichester Harbour too.
This 5.5 metre craft is used as a safety boat for our larger fleets. It is also used in powerboat courses as an example of fixed shaft and tiller-driven displacement.
Specially designed for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility, she features a wide loading ramp which lowers onto the shore for easy boarding. Dual control steering enables passengers in chairs to operate the boat with help from the skipper.