ESS Introduction to powerboating

6 hrs

Il Corso

Our own 6-hour course learning how to manage a powerboat. We use a small but powerful 4.7m RIB so you can experience planing as well as learn careful, safe manoeuvering. Perfect for VDWS instructors.

Metodo d'insegnamento

Using a small but powerful RHIB we will take you through low speed handling manoeuvres and practice coming alongside, tying up and mooring for an extended period. A short high-speed lesson will allow students and boat-owners alike to be confident of moving at higher speeds. This course has a limited theory content to allow for the majority of the time for practical exercises.

Tempistica del corso e della sessione

Course duration is 6 hours and is best run in one day (with a break for lunch).

Esperienza pre-corso

A fun course suiting all and requiring no previous experience. The course is also useful for VDWS watersports instructors and assistants requiring powerboat training.


Courses can be booked by contacting the ESS office by email, phone or enquiry form on the website (a button on this page will pop-up a booking form, another button is a general info form)


  • Safety and management of a powerboat
  • Leaving and returning to berths and moorings
  • Coming alongside, picking up marks and anchoring.
  • Low speed manoeuvres and tying up
  • High speed driving (no fast turns)
  • Awareness of other water users and basic knowledge of the rules of the road
  • Safety, personal buoyancy and weather conditions

Course progression

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We will provide the boat, instructor and a buoyancy aid. An RYA textbooks covering the activities (and more) can be purchased from the shop. You should bring your own sailing shoes or old trainers for use in the RHIB.

Altri corsi

See a course in progress

Assicurati di leggere e comprendere le nostre procedure COVID-19 e i termini e le condizioni del contratto del corso con noi. Copies of these will be emailed with your course confirmation and are available, laminated, at the beach. Ti verrà chiesto di firmare per confermare di averle lette e comprese.