Powerboat Introduction Course for BCYC members
The Powerboat Introduction Course is a free 1-day training course for new and existing Bristol Corinthian club members. No previous boating experience is required.
Places are limited so please book here
The course is based on the introductory elements of the RYA Powerboat scheme, including the basics of safely launching and operating the club's powerboats. We also include additional exercises which you will find helpful when on duty at the club. It's definitely a fun way to meet other members!
Please note this course is not certificated.
The course runs from 9am until 4.30pm and most sessions will be out on the water, hands-on.
Upon successfully completing the course, your club membership will be upgraded to allow you to drive the BCYC powerboats on club duties. If you would also like an RYA Powerboat Logbook, there will be a £10 charge.
Is this course open to the public?
Sorry, no. This training course is only available to current Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club members. Other courses are available to members of the public. For more information, and if you are considering joining, please see the club's website www.bcyc.org.uk
As a BCYC club member, do I need to complete this course?
The club operates a duty rota system and relies on its members to provide adequate levels of safety boat cover. For everyone's safety, only competent people are allowed to provide that cover. As a minimum, we ask that at least one person from each membership has completed this course.
Are there minimum age requirements?
Yes, to meet RYA and Club safety requirements, the minimum age is 12..
Additional safety precautions are taken with children aged 12-16.
Since the main purpose of the course is to allow members to safely complete their corinthian duties, priority will be given to members over age 16.
I completed a Powerboat Level 2 course elsewhere. Do I still need to do this?
For Level 2 certificate holders we can offer a 2-hour familiarisation / assessment session, as an alternative to completing the 1-day course. If this applies to you, please contact us to arrange.
What has happened to the club's Safety Boat course?
To remove confusion with the RYA Safety Boat course, the club's 1-day course has been updated and renamed the Powerboat Introduction Course.
What should I wear?
We spend most of the day afloat, so please bring appropriate clothing for the weather. A dry suit or wet suit, with additional layers in cold weather, is recommended as you may get wet, Warm waterproofs are advised for the winter, plenty of sun cream in the summer. You will also need wet shoes/old trainers and a buoyancy aid (although we can provide one if you do not have your own).
Will there be a lunch break?
Tea and Coffee are provided, but you should bring a packed lunch. Usually the Club's galley is closed on Saturdays. We take a lunch break of 30 minutes.
Are there any books I can look at beforehand?
The RYA Start Powerboating and RYA Powerboat Handbook are useful references, as is "Powerboating: The Rib and Sportsboat Handbook" by Peter White
Do the organisers need any other information from me?
We need you to tell us about any medical conditions that might affect your safe participation on the course. Your instructor will need details of any medical treatment being received, or if you suffer from epilepsy, giddy spells, asthma, diabetes, heart condition, back problems or anything else you believe may affect you during your time with us. Please note that medical conditions need not prevent you from taking part, but it is important we are aware. If you are in any doubt about your fitness to take part in a practical powerboat course, your GP should be able to advise.
How can I contact the organisers with any questions?
You can send email queries to our Powerboat training co-ordinator