National Powerboat Course

National Powerboat Course

The Ultimate Two-Day ‘Quick Start Guide’ to Power Boating.

Irish Sailing National Powerboat Course (Level 2)

This course is aimed at those looking for a comprehensive and practical step-by-step guide to all that is power boating. From basic boat handling to coastal navigation, rope work and learning some of the International Regulations, this course covers all that you need to get power boating quickly and confidently.

Who should do this course?

This is an ideal beginner to intermediate course, covering all you need to know to safely operate a powerboat. If you are completely new to boating, it is recommended that you complete the Level 1 Introduction to Powerboat course prior to taking this course. However, if you have some limited previous power boating experience, the National Powerboat Course is probably best for you. Feel free to contact us if you are unsure which course you should enrol on.  Participants must be aged 16 years or older to take part on our scheduled courses unless stated that the course is strictly for juniors.

Course Structure

The National Powerboat Course runs on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am-4.30pm unless otherwise stated. We can offer a four-day evening course from 6.30pm to 9.30pm during the summer months upon request. Please contact us if you would prefer for your course to take this format.

Course Syllabus

  • Learning how to Leave and Come Alongside a Dock.
  • Learning the art of picking up a Mooring.
  • Anchoring.
  • Turning in confined spaces / operating in busy marina areas.
  • Recovering a person fallen overboard.
  • Rules of the Road.
  • Launch and Recovery from a Road Trailer.
  • Safety and Planning.
  • Tying up to a dock.
  • All necessary knots to include Round Turn, Reef Knot and Bowline.

The list above is just a brief summary of the many areas covered on the course. We aim to provide you with the ultimate ‘quick start guide’ in the sport of Powerboating.

Course Cost

€350 for solo booking

Group bookings:
– First person pays €350
– Second person pays €330
– Third person pays €330

Fees includes provision of lifejacket and all required equipment. Please note that suitable waterproof clothing and footwear should be brought no matter of the expected weather on the day.

If booking a group of 2 or 3, please contact us if the dates listed on our schedule do not suit. Our team will endeavour to accommodate all group bookings as best we can.

Please note that our National Powerboat Courses involve a passage plan where the group will head away from the base location for the day – usually the Sunday. The crew will follow a pre-planned route and we usually land at a pier or quay where a restaurant is nearby. For the comfort of the group, we generally purchase a sit-down meal (€15 – €20) at one of these locations during the lunch break. If you would rather not purchase a meal while on your course, please inform us prior to the course commencing and we can follow a slightly different route which will see participants return to base for the lunch break.

Upcoming Level 2 Course Dates


What People Say

I booked on a level 2 powerboat course with my wife and son. Aaron delivered a great course and we even visited a seafood restaurant by boat for lunch on Sunday. Great Course!

John Carey


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