Basic Powerboat Training offers an ideal introduction to those new to the sport, the instruction provided will lay the foundation stones of knowledge which will prove to be invaluable as you progress through the Advanced and Competition levels of this programme.
Classroom based and on water practical instruction will be provided at each level so let’s look at how you get started.
Arriving for your first training session
Make sure you have made contact with your training centre or instructor and that you have the programme of activities and timetable for the day.
Part of your instruction will be theory and classroom based so don’t forget to take notes during the day as the subject is large and varied.
For the on water training session you will need suitable clothing for the day which will vary from venue to venue and country to country. Soft shoes a waterproof jacket and trousers are all useful clothes to have with you and the training centre will provide you with a life jacket.
Do I have to know how to swim?
This is not a requirement but you will be required to wear a full life jacket at all times whilst on the pontoons and out on the water. (Please do advise the centre of your ability on registration).
Are there any age restrictions?
Again check with your local centre as some National restrictions may apply. The Basic Powerboat Training Course is suitable for children from the age of 8 years upwards,
How to get the best from your training courses?
Spend some time reading through the YDP booklet and get to understand the terminology as well as the content and detail of the topics included at each level. Time spent in preparation at this stage will be invaluable and will help you to understand the syllabus as you proceed through the various levels.