Powerboat Instructor Pre Entry

1 day

Age 16+

An Assessment not a course. Candidates should be competent and experienced boat handlers and come prepared to demonstrate all areas of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus practical boat handling skills. During assessment of candidates' abilities there should not be a need for any coaching, the trainers role is to observe that the candidates have enough boat handling skills to meet the required standard. Additionally the trainer will check background experience and also question the candidate about some of the theory and coastal background knowledge topics also listed in the PBL2 syllabus.

Refer to RYA G19 powerboat Instructor handbook.

Experienced powerboat driver ideally with:

After successful completion, pre entry assessment is valid for up to 1 year allowing access onto the RYA Powerboat Instructor course.
If instructor course is not taken within the year, pre-entry needs to be retaken.
Candidates must pass pre-entry before attending RYA Powerboat Instructor course, this should be considered if booking onto both courses at the same time.

Equipment and Kit Information

Powerboat Instructor Pre Entry - Kit Info

There are a wide range of Instructor courses across our disciplines.

The centre will provide the dinghies, windsurfs, powerboats, yachts and indoor teaching areas required for you to perform the practical elements of the course. Pre requisites for the courses are displayed at the bottom of the Instructor Training section of the website Instructor Training

Our powerboats serve two purposes at Cumbrae. Much of the time they are used as the safety vessels accompanying our on the water activities. At other times they are used for delivering the qualifications required to become active in safety duties, instruction or use of personal power crafts.

The 5m ribs are used for RYA courses such as powerboat level 2, safety boat and powerboat instructor. The larger 6m and 6.8m can used for advanced powerboat course with and without commercial endorsements and advanced powerboat instructor.

Often people bring their own waterproof clothing for this course. If you do not have your own set of waterproofs the Centre can provide. Buoyancy aids are also included. In addition, we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks, and suitable footwear. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel too.

For shore based courses we aim to provide the required tools and if anything specific for you to bring this will be discussed at time of booking.

Daily Schedule

Powerboat Instructor Pre Entry - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times. Breakfast: 0830hrs Lunch: 1230hrs Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs. Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.

Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre arranged.

If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact cumbraecentre@sportscotland.org.uk

Booking Options

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
30 Aug 20 £65 -


Name Price Quantity
Need more Accommodation? B&B £31 -