Get Boating Training
If you are using your boat for leisure you don’t have to be trained, but like many sports and leisure activities, it’s more enjoyable when you know what you’re doing.
And if you are thinking of taking other people with you then they’ll probably feel better knowing you’ve had some training.
What boat training is available?
All around the UK there are outdoor and training centres that offer taster and short courses for a wide variety of water sports such as canoeing, windsurfing, rowing, water skiing, dinghy sailing with recognised training programmes. These are run by the various sports governing bodies; British Canoe Union (BCU), British Rowing, British Waterski and Wakeboard and the RYA.
Virtually every water sports/activity centre or club offers a basic level training course in your chosen water sport. For bigger boating activities there are training schools all around the UK, offering a wide variety of courses, basic and advanced. British Marine Leisure Boating offers more information and details on their training school members. If you fancy learning in the sun there are recognised centres in nice warm climates too such as Sunsail and Neilson
If you can’t get to a training centre or school, the experts can usually come to you. More and more people are opting for one to one tuition or own boat training.
How much does boat training cost?
Like all outdoor activities the prices change depending on the season (boating season tends to be April – September) but look out for special offers outside of the of season.
Here is a snap shot of some typical courses prices:
British Canoe Union 1 Star course - Basic “learning to paddle” in the region of £65 for day’s course
Intermediate Windsurfing - Around £200 for a residential two day course
Advanced Dinghy sailing - Performance weekend from £145.00
RYA Competent Crew - The starter course for yachts and motor yachts, costs in the region of £425 in the UK for the low season and up to £525 during high season. If you go overseas this could be around £450.
Power boat level 1 - For those new to power boating, costs in the region of £200
Ladies only sailing week – Chance to gain competent crew or Day Skipper qualifications, around £350 for five days
One to one tuition on your own boat - Costs in the region of £190 per day