Start boating with the RYA Level 1 Start Powerboating Course

It you have decided to get out on the water and are looking for a great introduction to powerboating, then our RYA Powerboat Level 1 Solent course is the ideal place to start. This course is perfect for children, young adults, and families that are new to boating and want to learn together, in addition to those that just want to experience an introductory day on the water.

If however you are looking to charter, purchase, or use a boat in the UK or Europe, the best course to undertake is the Level 2 course, which includes a free ICC assessment.

Do I need previous experience?

No, this course is suitable for all students over the age of 8 years old, with no previous boating experience. The RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course is a 1-day introduction to the safe handling of a powerboat. Anyone over the age of 8 can take part, and our qualified instructors are dedicated to ensuring that each student gets the most out of this one-day training course, including the opportunity to learn on a 1-2-1 basis with an instructor.

Students under 16 will have their certificates approved under the following conditions: “To be under supervision of a responsible adult” and will be capable of sailing under adult supervision.

Why should I choose the RYA Powerboat Level 1 Southampton course?

This course is aimed at anyone who would like to get out on the water. Perfect for first-time powerboaters, the PB1 will give students a basic understanding of powerboating as the course focuses on boat handling and safety in powerboats. You will learn the importance of wearing a kill cord, launch and recovery skills, and how to manoeuvre safely on the water.

Guiding you through our RYA Power Boat Level 1 Southampton course are our highly experienced RYA instructors who deliver high impact, high quality teaching either in a small group or on an individual basis.

Located in the heart of Southampton, this 1-day powerboat course is perfect for those located in Hampshire, on the South Coast or even in London, and is designed to give complete beginners the ability to operate a powerboat safely.

With a curated list of recommended accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets, the Ocean Sports Tuition team is more than happy to find you a place to stay for the duration of your visit. For more information about where we are located, contact us by calling 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

What will I learn?

The course content is a great practical introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling, and the use of safety equipment. By the end of the one-day course you will be able to safely launch and recover a powerboat and feel confident completing simple manoeuvres such as picking up a mooring buoy

The RYA Level 1 Powerboat syllabus provides a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats and includes:

  • Launching and recovery
  • Preparation of boat and crew
  • Boat handling at low speed
  • Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Being towed
  • IRPCS (rules of the road)
  • Man overboard recovery 

Click here to see the full RYA Powerboat Level 1 syllabus

Regarded as some of the most highly commended power boat courses in the UK, the RYA powerboat courses practice techniques, manoeuvres, and best practices to keep you safe.

If you are looking to expand your RYA Powerboat qualifications after completing your Powerboat Level 1, you may wish to further your experience with the following RYA powerboat courses:

RIB Training
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course
I'm looking for RYA Powerboat Level 1 near me. Where do you run your courses?

Our RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2 courses are run at our RYA training centre in Southampton and out on the Solent. You can book your Powerboat Level 1 in Southampton by calling 02381 242 159 today.

What is the RYA Level 1 Powerboat Course Age Limit?

The powerboat level 1 age limit is 8yrs old.

How much is it to take the powerboat level 1 course?

RYA Powerboat Level 1 costs £183.00 per person with us.

Does Ocean Sports offer RYA Powerboat Level 1-3?

Yes! We offer both the Level 1 and 2 Powerboat courses, as well as Intermediate Powerboat (level 3).

Do you need to do RYA Powerboat Level 1 first before you can do level 2?

No, not necessarily, although it is recommended for absolute beginners.

RYA Powerboat Level 1 vs 2 - which course is for me?

Powerboat Certificate Level 1 is ideal for complete beginners with little to no experience on the water, whereas level 2 is more suited to those with some experience.

The RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course Fee Includes:

  • Mooring fees
  • Loan of Gore-Tex waterproofs
  • Use of our modern MCA inspected 6.8 metre Rib (Ribcraft)
  • Rib fuel costs
  • RYA ‘Start Powerboating’ handbook
  • RYA Power Boat Level 1 certificate
  • Free refreshments including tea and coffee

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course Price

The RYA Powerboat Level 1 price is £183.00 per person. The course will be taught in a group, with a maximum group size of 3 people.

Alternatively, the course can be run on a one to one basis at a cost of £550.00. This course is an especially popular option for families that want to be introduced to boating skills together.

Our prices are all inclusive and include fuel, moorings, and expert tuition.

If you would like to book onto any of our RYA courses, you have three options: online, by phone on 02381 242159 or email.

All prices include VAT.

For further information regarding online bookings, ICC licence cost, boat licence prices, anchoring course fees, or general course prices, please call Ocean Sports Tuition on

02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

Own Boat Tuition

We can also deliver this powerboat course with an RYA instructor on your own boat.  For further information, please contact us on 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

RYA Approved Course Location

Unit 6 Saxon Wharf Marina

Lower York Street


SO14 5QF

Booking Details

To book, please view our course dates below and book online, email us or phone us on 02381 242159.

If you have any questions, or want to know if the course is right for you, or just want to talk in more detail about the course, please do not hesitate to call us.


  • Please check your eligibility to be issued with an ICC.
  • Group discounts:  applies when one booking one payment is taken.
  • Group discounts do not apply during extra peak season – i.e., Bank Holiday weekends.