This course contains what you need to get started Powerboating is great fun and you can be driving the boat yourself in no time, practising skills and learning how to stay safe on the water. From the age of 9 you can take our Level 1 Start Powerboating Course. You will be taught in suitable boats that aren't too big or heavy for you to handle, and this introductory course will be adapted to suit your age and ability.
After your course you will able to drive a powerboat under the supervision of an adult.
This course Launch and recovery (9-11 year olds observe only), preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, and being towed.Equipment and Kit Information
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. We provide buoyancy aids and at times it may be required to be prepared to go into the water and the Centre will provide wetsuits, wetsuit boots. In addition, we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks, suitable footwear and helmsman gloves. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel too.×
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:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & 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.
Residential Guests: 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 and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×