This course provides a practical introduction to powerboating for novices. Covering boat handling, seamanship and safety, it offers the perfect opportunity to try powerboating for the first time, all under guidance of an RYA Instructor.

For those that are keen to try powerboating but perhaps aren’t ready to commit to the 2-day Powerboat Level 2 course, this is the ideal first step. Focusing on the practical skills of boat handling, students get plenty of hands-on experience throughout the day. Key background knowledge, such as preparing the boat for sea and basic safety procedures, are also covered.

We encourage all students to consolidate what they have learnt by attending the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course, which looks at the key skills in more depth and prepares students to be independent powerboaters.

None. This is an entry-level course and can be undertaken regardless of experience level.

The minimum age is 12 years old (under-18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).

1 day (8 hours)

The course will run from Cromarty Harbour, on the Black Isle (approx. 40mins drive from Inverness).

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm layers (bring spares, as you may get wet)
  • Lightweight, quick-drying trousers (no jeans please)
  • Wellington boots and warm socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Any medication required
  • Packed lunch or money for the local convenience store/bakery
  • Launch and recovery
  • Preparation of boat and crew
  • Boat handling
  • Picking up and securing to a mooring buoy
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man overboard
  • Background knowledge

There is no formal assessment as part of this course. Assessment is on a continuous basis and students will get the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the practical elements of the syllabus.

If you wish to read around the subject, we would recommend the RYA Start Powerboating handbook.*

*Please note, if you continue on to Powerboat Level 2, you will receive a copy of this book as part of the course. 


Discounts are available for group bookings. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

There are currently no courses scheduled.

This course can be run on demand for groups (min. 2 people). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

By the end of this short introductory course, students should be familiar with the fundamental principles of handling a powerboat. They will have an awareness of the key safety issues and equipment available.  They will understand their responsibilities to other water users and what to do in the event of an emergency.

We would strongly recommend that all students consolidate what they have learnt by attending the Powerboat Level 2 course.

This 2-day course is the next step on the RYA training pathway and looks in much more detail at the key skills required to handle a powerboat in coastal waters, including an introduction to navigation and more advanced manoeuvres.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. On receipt of full payment, we will provide you with joining instructions.