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Lake Yard Marina, Poole



RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills Assessment Joining Information:

Timings: 

1/2 day training + skills assessment = 09:00 - 17:00

Skills assessment only = 13:30 - 17:00

 

What to bring: 

  • Summer: Warm jumper/ jacket, sunglasses, suncream, cap
  • Winter: warm clothing, including a hat, gloves etc
  • Non-marking footwear - i.e. sailing boots / trainers
  • Lifejacket (150N) or Buoyancy aid (50N) - if you have one, otherwise we will provide this
  • Wet weather gear - we have light wet weather gear for your to borrow if required. 
  • Water / Drink for on the boat
  • Money for lunch / drinks
  • RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate 
  • RYA Powerboat Logbook or Instructor handbook if you have one. 

Assessment / What to expect:

  • Background theory knowledge assessment
  • Practical skills assessment (similar to the Powerboat level 2 direct assessment)

All / many items within the RYA Powerboat level 2 syllabus will be assessed. Please refer to the RYA Powerboat logbook (G20) for further details. 

It is expected that all candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of proficiency in each subject being assessed. Therefore the candidate should be able to explain the subject in great depth, including background theory and practical demonstration. 

 

"An example would be IRPCS. The candidate can explain and demonstrate correct action to be taken to avoid collisions with other craft, principally rules 5, 7, 8, 89, 12-19."

 


RYA Powerboat Instructor Course Joining Information:

Timings: 09:00 - 17:30 on each day (x 3 days)

 

What to bring: 

  • Summer: Warm jumper/ jacket, sunglasses, suncream, cap
  • Winter: warm clothing, including a hat, gloves etc
  • Non-marking footwear - i.e. sailing boots / trainers
  • Lifejacket (150N) or Buoyancy aid (50N) - if you have one, otherwise we will provide this
  • Wet weather gear - we have light wet weather gear for your to borrow if required. 
  • Water / Drink for on the boat
  • Money for lunch / drinks
  • RYA Powerboat Logbook, RYA Start powerboating handbook, RYA Powerboat handbook and RYA Power schemes Instructor handbook if you have one. 
  • First Aid certificate, RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate, RYA membership number

Recommended Reading:

Powerboating Books


Course Pre-Requisites: 

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Course joining information:

The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills necessary to teach the RYA Powerboat level 1 & Level 2 courses (+ safety boat course if you have the relevant qualification).

To set you on the right track, we would suggest you consider borrowing or buying the publications detailed above, you will need access to them in some way or form during the course. 

 

Your Health: 

You will be required to sign a Health Declaration before commencing your instructor course - please check the example wording below and if you have any concerns please contact the centre as we will just need you to fill out an extra form if so. 

"I declare that I am not suffering from any physical or mental impairment which has an adverse effect on my ability to properly discharge my duty of care as an instructor. I undertake to inform the RYA if this changes and agree to submit to a medical examination if requested by the RYA."

 

Course program & timings: 

Please be aware that timings and the order of the syllabus are subject to change according to weather conditions.

 

Day 1 - 09:00 - 17:30 (with Trainer)

  • Administration and centre orientation
  • 'The instructors role' / The RYA scheme
  • Communication skills, Briefing & Debriefing skills
  • Course planning and management
  • Kit / boat familiarisation / Practice teaching skills afloat
  • Course plan write-up / Session planning

Day 2 - 09:00 - 17:30 (with Trainer)

  • Teach practical sessions from Level 1 and Level 2 syllabus
  • Level 2 skills - whats expected?
  • Presentations on pre-prepared subject
  • Mid-course debrief

Day 3 - 09:00 - 17:00 (with Trainer & Moderator)

  • Session plan review
  • Introduction to moderator
  • Teach sessions from Level 1 and Level 2 syllabus
  • RYA recognition information
  • Group debrief, administration & feedback
  • Individual debriefs with Trainer & Moderator

 

Assessment:

During your course you will be assessed on the following skills: 

Theory - All content of the RYA Powerboat level 1 & 2 syllabus

Practical - Personal powerboat handling skills, safety awareness, group control and management.

Teaching - Communication, briefing, debriefing, 'soft' skills, ability to identify areas to improve, preparation and presentations.

 

 

Pre-Course Work: 

To assist you, it would help if you worked through the following tasks prior to the course:

 

1) Assess your own knowledge & skills in the following areas:

 

Theory - Uses & limitations of GPS, Weather, IRPCS, Knots, Hull types & engine drives, Navigation, Passage planning, Buoyage, Tides & Tidal streams etc. (Refer to G20 Powerboat logbook & G13 Powerboat handbook for more info)

Practical - Close quarter boat handling (i.e. pontoon work, turning in a confined space etc), Picking up a mooring, Man overboard (the RYA method!), Anchoring etc. (Refer to G20 Powerboat logbook for more info)

 

Ask yourself the following question:

"If I were asked about any of the above, would I be able to answer confidently and accurately?"

 

If the answer is no, or you are not sure, please do some revision prior to the course, keeping in mind that your students may ask questions far advanced of the RYA level 2 syllabus.

 

2) Read and understand the RYA Powerboat logbook (G20), RYA Start Powerboating handbook (G48) and the relevant sections of RYA Powerboat handbook (G13)

 

3) Prepare a 10 minute classroom based presentation on each of the subjects below:

You will be asked to deliver one or more of these presentations during your course.

 

Pre-Course Checklist:

Please make sure you have the following when you arrive at 09:00 for the first day of your course:

 

a) A signed & dated RYA Powerboat logbook/letter, stating successful completion of your pre-assessment by a Trainer.

 

b) First aid certificate, as approved by the RYA

 

c) RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate (+ safety boat certificate if you have one)

 

d) Your RYA membership number.

To join or renew your membership with the RYA please click on the link below:

 

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e) Any notes you have made & the books you have borrowed/purchased

 

f) Personal clothing & protective equipment i.e. wet weather gear, buoyancy aid (minimum 50N CE/EN393 marked) OR lifejacket, boots, gloves, hat etc - please note the centre cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage. Please do not bring valuables with you.

 

g) Lunch - so that we can use our time as best as possible, please bring a pack-lunch, snacks and drinks with you to each day of the course.

 

h) Your pre-prepared presentation & any teaching aids you intend to use. 

 

Possible Course Outcomes: 

  • PASS
  • ACTION PLAN - If for any reason you do not quite meet the criteria set by the RYA, then the outcome may be that you receive an action plan. This will be written and give clear guidance on the items you are required to complete prior to being issued with your Powerboat instructor certificate. You will always receive a S.M.A.R.T. action plan (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) that will be discussed and agreed with you. Example actions are:- Improving powerboat handling skills, Gain confidence teaching, Improve background knowledge etc.  
  • FAIL - Highly unlikely, so don't even think about it! 

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