The RYA Safety Boat Course is a two-day course providing the skills and background knowledge needed to act as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.
This course assumes you have a basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course. We will be covering preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak and canoe rescue, towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, and rescuing other water users.
The courses are quite intensive, and a very full two days of learning. When possible we will try to tailor the course and some content to match your needs.
We can provide wetsuits, buoyancy aids and splash tops, but power boating can be cold from the wind chill so you will also want a coat you can wear on the water, a hat and gloves. We ask that you bring some footwear that you don’t mind getting wet as well as some for wearing after you have changed. Also bring a towel, and some warm clothes for after we come off the water. Also an additional dry coat can be a good idea if it is cold and some suncream if the sun is out, as believe it or not it can get hot enough to burn here in Wales! We have excellent changing and shower facilities on site at Porth Eirias, there are also lockers that accept a £1 coin (and even give it back afterwards.)
A packed lunch is a good idea, although it is a short walk/drive into town so it is possible to go to the shops.