DV Diving is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre
offering tuition to suit all experience and ability levels. Before
a powerboating club or centre can gain RYA recognition, it
is inspected to ensure that certain minimum standards are met. Regular
and spot inspections ensure that these same standards are maintained.
RYA recognition is your safeguard that you will be taught by experienced
qualified instructors in suitable seaworthy boats to the syllabuses
given. Courses are available for groups and can be combined with
other training courses.
The National Powerboat Scheme is applicable to sportsboats RIB's
Dories and Launches and other boats which do not normally provide
accommodation or cooking facilities. There is no lower age limit
for powerboat courses but the RYA would not recommend under 16s
being left in charge of a powerboat without adult supervision.
Level 1 provides
a practical introduction to boat handling skills.
provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent
powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate
The Intermediate Day Cruising Course
covers practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters, using bith traditional and electronic navigational techniques.
Day and Night Course provides the skills and background knowledge needed by
powerboat drivers operating by day or night in known or unfamiliar waters, the skipper's role and boat handling in more demanding
If you are the driver of a high-speed powerboat you have a great
responsibility towards other water users. The RYA Powerboat Scheme
has been developed to advise you of that responsibility at the same
time as training you to handle your boat in a seamanlike manner
so that you and your passengers can all enjoy being afloat. Powerboat
drivers sometimes attract publicity often through lack of awareness
of the basic rules and customs of the sea You can help to redress
the balance by courteous driving and by displaying a skilful approach
to boat handling.