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Small Powerboat and RIB Learning Course Page

Small Powerboat and RIB Level 1 course

NOT available at the moment !

One day Theory in Classroom

One day Practice on the water

US $350 p/person

Assumed knowledge     None

Minimum duration     1 day Theory 1 day Practice

Additional practice day US $300

Minimum age 12

After successful completion of the course you will receive a Maritime School of the West Indies Small Powerboat and RIB Level 1 Certificate.

Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued an endorsed certificate

Aim of the course: Be able to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), dinghies, tenders and sports boats.

These boats are generally powered by an outboard engine, do not normally have accommodation on board, and are not intended for extended cruises or overnight stays.

They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety assistance for other watersports, waterskiing, wake boarding or as a support boat for kite surfing, snorkeling, diving etc.

Course content

Introducing the student to powerboat handling and safety in a coastal environment. No previous experience or knowledge required.


Boat terminology, Trailers, Lines, ropes, knots, security, Launching, weather, navigation, Rules of the road, safety procedures,


It covers preparing the boat, terminology, safety items required and safety procedures, engine pre start checks, coming alongside and picking up a mooring buoy.

Aim: To provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats.

Launch and recovery

Considerations to be taken during the launching of a trailer or launching trolley

Considerations to be taken regarding sea conditions, width and condition of ramp/slipway

Preparation of boat and crew

Personal buoyancy and appropriate clothing

The use of the following equipment: lines, fenders, anchor, bailer, fire extinguisher, pump, paddles or oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit, knife.

Boat handling

Planning of boats: propeller angle and immersion, carry out pre-start checks, including fuel tank and fuel.

Steering controls, start and stop engine, demonstrate the use of an appropriete lenght kill cord at all times.

Picking up and securing to a mooring bouy

Preparation of mooring: use of boat hook, approaching the mooring with bow and stern too, making fast.

Leaving and coming alongside: wind effects on approach in tidal stream, current or wind.

Lines and fenders, attachment to boat, knots, stowage.

Speed control, angle control, making fast on moorings and dock.