Sports Boat Driver Fast-Track Foundation Module
Build a bespoke Fast-Track programme at Stormforce Coaching using our unique system. Select a foundation module and follow up with the necessary Level 2 module to Fast Track your way to achieving your goal. This foundation module is designed either to stand alone as a qualification, or to lead onto the Sports Boat Instructor Level 2 Fast-Track Module.
This Fast Track course is the ultimate power boat training programme for those power and Sports Boat drivers looking to gain qualifications. We were the first company to put together a package like this, so we've had plenty of experience in helping people to achieve their goals. Now in its' tenth year, our course offers a much more diverse Sports Boat Training package than any other, meaning you leave us with a wider variety of transferable skills and a greater depth of knowledge. After three weeks of intensive training you will have covered the following useful and usable qualifications :
- RYA Powerboat Level 2
- RYA Intermediate Powerboat
- RYA Safetyboat
- RYA Powerboat Tender Operator
- BSAC Boat Handling Award (optional)
- RYA Personal Watercraft Certificate (Jet Ski)
- RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
- RYA CEVNI (Inland Waterways of Europe Endorsement)
- RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
- RYA First Aid
- RYA Short Range Certificate (VHF and Digital Selective Calling)
- RYA Sea Survival
- Outboard Engine Maintenance
The Professional Sports Boat Driver course requires nineteen days of contact time. This is is usually spread over just three weeks for the purpose of the fast-track course. Once you have booked we will send you an exact programme.
It is also possible to break the fast track Sports Boat programme into smaller chunks, if you would prefer.
As a foundation level Fast-Track module, this course is suitable for beginners. The only pre-requisite for the course is that candidates must be a minimum age of 17 years.
The Fast Track Professional Sports Boat Driver award is a comprehensive package incorporating a range of different qualifications. As such a complex course, here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that you may find useful:
How can I become so highly qualified so quickly?
Due to the intensive nature of this course, you are covering a huge amount of information in a short time. Unlike others who spend years gaining these qualifications, you are learning the best techniques from the start and are able to fast track your way to the top. But be warned: the days will be long and demanding.
Why are there so many shorebased elements attached to the course?
The shorebased sections have been selected to make you a safe commercial or leisure driver: some of them are required for your commercial endorsement and some provide the background required to make the right decisions on the water. Much of the shorebased work, while not afloat, is still practical and is all very relevant.
Which boats will I use?
All the training will take place in open powerboats (i.e. they have no sleeping or cooking facilities). We mainly use RIBs as they are the first choice for both the leisure and commercial user. During the safety boat section of the course, you will use our tiller steered craft and you will later spend a day on a jet ski. Throughout your course you will learn to handle different boats and begin to appreciate their different characteristics.
Who or what are the RYA and BSAC?
The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) is the governing body for powerboating (and sailing) in the UK. Their training scheme is designed both for the leisure driver and those entering the commercial world. They are globally recognised as the leading provider of watersports, powerboat and yachting qualifications. BSAC is the British Sub Aqua Club: its' training scheme is also internationally recognised. Whilst we will not be covering scuba-diving during the sports boat course, we will train you on how to efficiently drive a dive boat and how to supervise a team of divers.
When we are not in the boats, where we do we spend the rest of the time?
A bulk of the shorebased time will be spent in one of our classrooms but there is also a life-raft session in the pool, a live flare firing session, two engine maintenance days and some other practical outdoor sessions.
What do I need to provide myself?
We provide all your training aids and necessary books, although most students go on to purchase a couple of further books. We provide life jackets and everything required on the water. All you need is suitable warm clothing, waterproofs/oilskins and suitable footwear. Alternatively, you can hire our oilskins. We do not provide food or accommodation so if you do not live locally, please allow for this in your budgeting.
Is the Day Skipper Shorebased geared up more for sailors?
Yes, the Day Skipper was originally designed for sailors, but we have adapted it to become more relevant to powerboating and high-speed navigation. There is, however, a huge cross over between the two sports and the Day Skipper Shorebased qualification will give you the ground knowledge to take into sailing as well, should you wish. The Sea Survival, First Aid and SRC elements are also equally valuable if you have an interest in sailing. Students from this course would be ready to go straight onto the Day Skipper Sail or Day Skipper Power if they wished.
Having completed the course, can I commercially endorse my qualifications?
If, having completed your course successfully, you wish to work commercially as a powerboat driver, you can commercially endorse your RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification. This will be suitable for inshore work (such as a river taxi service by day). If you want to drive powerboats further afield, in more challenging conditions and by day OR night, then you will need to take the two day RYA Advanced Powerboat and the three day RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence courses. In order to commercially endorse either the Powerboat Level 2 or the RYA/MCA Advanced Certificate of Competence you will already have covered most of the pre-requisites (First Aid, SRC, Sea Survival Certificate & Day Skipper knowledge) during your three weeks training with us but will also need a ML5 medical examination from your GP and to take the online PPR course.
There is also a sea time requirement for all exam candidates: 2 years experience of powerboating, including 20 days afloat, 400 logged miles, 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours. Those who have the sea time before joining us can go straight onto the exam; those who do not have this will have picked up some of it while with us and can return at a later date when they have logged the necessary time, miles etc.
Please be aware that this fast-track course is aimed at leisure and commercial drivers and that the Certificate of Competence is not included within the course fees.
This course is the foundation level pre-requisite for our Sports Boat (Powerboat and Jet Ski) Instructor Module. While you can join the foundation module as a stand alone course, most students will be progressing onto the next module as well.
The Fast Track Powerboat course with Stormforce Coaching is comprehensive and much is included within the package price. This course includes:
- All of the extensive training listed above
- Certifictaion (unless detailed below)
- Use of RIBs and Jet Skis
- Loan of a life jacket
- RYA Personal Watercraft Handbook
- 2 RYA Training Charts
- RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Handbook
- RYA Day Skipper Exercises publication
- Chart Plotter CD ROM (for PC)
- RYA Sea Survival Handbook
- Stormforce Coaching Outboard Certificate
- Free parking on site ( Subject to terms & conditions )
What's Not Included:
Some of the governing bodies mentioned above require membership and licence fees to be paid directly to them and as such, there will be some additional costs:
- RYA Membership (join here)
- RYA SRC Licence Fee (required) £60
You may also wish to bring your own wet weather gear and wetsuit, as these are not provided. You are welcome to hire these from us if you do not have your own for £20 for the whole course.
You may wish to tailor your course by adding some of the following qualifications to your package:
- HSE Emergency First Aid at Work Certification (£12)
- RYA Powerboat Advanced & MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence (5 days)
- RYA Radar (1 day)
- Sports Boat Instructor Level 2 Fast-Track Module (15 days)
- Dual certify the RYA Powerboat Level 2 with the BSAC Boat Handling. This is not required if you will be progressing onto the Coastal Motor Skipper Fast-Track Level 2 Module or the Sports Boat Instructor Fast-Track Level 2 Module as the BSAC Diver Cox'n Award will supersede the Boat Handling Certificate.
If the dates listed do not suit or you would prefer to break the course into smaller chunks, please contact our course adviser via the contact form or on 02380 231122 as we may be able to arrange something more convenient.
Is this course for me?
If you are considering a career as a professional Sports Boat driver, then this diverse programme will provide you with certification and training in a short period of time. This course will equip you with the skills to drive powerboats safely and confidently: you can use those skills in many ways afterwards. After successfully completing this course, you will have the opportunity to use your newfound skills as the stepping stone to a new career. With additional RYA Powerboat Advanced or RYA Powerboat Instructor training students choose to go on to work for charter and RIB companies, others as RYA and BSAC Powerboat Instructors: some past students now even work for us on a freelance basis. The list of career opportunities open to you is open ended; RYA qualifications are respected all over the world and mandatory within many organisations in the UK.
Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:
Stormforce Coaching is a family run business with a strong ethos committed to delivering the best quality training courses. We want you to learn and get the skills you sign up for, but we also want you to have fun.
We've been in the business for over a decade and know what works best. We have 9 RYA Powerboat Instructors on our full time staff, meaning we do not have to rely on external contractors and can offer our customers a consistently high quality course. It doesn't matter which course you book onto or on which date: you will be guaranteed to receive the best level of training possible.
We think it important for our students to learn with high quality, modern kit, so this is what we provide as standard. We update the fleet regularly, with the eldest RIB in our fleet bought new in 2010 and our XS Powerboats (6 & 7m) bought specifically for training purposes.
We also have two RYA Powerboat Trainers amongst our full time staff (this is the highest powerboat appointment within the RYA schemes). As a result, our Instructors are kept on their toes, delivering a consistently high standard and course content will always be fresh and up to date. We count ourselves lucky to have such a luxury; very few Training Centres have even one RYA Trainer, far less have two and we hope you can benefit from this as much we do.
Moreover, this Fast-Track course is unique; no one else in the world offers this exact package and in seven years we have a achieved a 100% pass rate. The success of the professional sports boat driver fast track course relies on the fact that it is intensive and that we keep the Instructor to student ratios low. Trainees learn their craft in the Solent, an excellent teaching area, they experience a range of different craft and benefit from the knowledge and experience of our highly skilled Instructors.
Please call the office on 02380 231 122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to make a booking.
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