Calling all Powerboaters

Calling all Powerboaters

Powerboaters, Dusting off your boat? – Polish up your skills

With Easter just upon us and the weather warming up this is typically the time of year when the covers come off and boats get launched for the maiden voyage of the season. As your boat may have been laid up for some time it is essential to ensure that everything is in good working order before setting off.

  • Check the hull, tubes (RIBs), bungs and any through hull fittings. 
  • Check the Engine, in particular the fuel system, cooling, lubrication, battery, controls and killcord.
  • Check all of the safety equipment is present, in good working order and items such as distress flares are still in date.
  • Check your Lifejackets or Personal Floatation Devices, they may require servicing.


As you may not have been afloat over the winter it is important to be aware that skills can also fade over time. It can be well worth investing in some training at this time of year to update your skills ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water during the season ahead.

Irish Sailing Training Centres offer a range of powerboat training courses for all levels and for a variety of specific requirements including:

  • Introduction to Powerboating – Perfect for those new to powerboating covering all the crewing roles and an introduction to helming.
  • National Powerboat Certificate – Covering all the core skills and knowledge required to safely operate a powerboat.
  • Intermediate Powerboat Certificate – An excellent progression from the National Powerboat Certificate aimed at giving you the confidence to take your boat further and enjoy a range of activities with family and friends.
  • Safetyboat Certificate – This course is specifically for those operating in the sailing, watersports or safety cover environment. It covers close quarters boat-handling, group management afloat and rescue techniques for dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks, kites, rafts etc.


If you’re not sure which is the course for you contact your local Training Centre or Club to discuss your needs.

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