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British Rowing: Coaches

RYA Powerboat, VHF and First Aid training

Following continued interest in RYA training for British Rowing coaches, we are pleased to offer the following subsidised training opportunities and package deals for coaches working on the tideway: 

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus is suitable for novices. No prior experience of launch driving  is required. 

We have a range of teaching craft available, including both tiller-steered and centre-console helm configurations. The core syllabus covers a range of essential theory and practical topics to prepare candidates for helming powered launches on the tideway. 

Co-located with the RNLI at Chiswick Pier, our training courses take place on the tideway. This makes for an ideal learning environment for prospective coaches and safety launch helms looking to apply these skills on the tidal Thames. Our team of instructors includes British Rowing coaches, RNLI crew, safety boat instructors, and commercial boat operators with decades of powerboat helming experience. 

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Syllabus

Theory topics


Clothing and equipment

Types of craft

Propulsion systems


Launch and recovery

Tides and tidal streams




Introduction to charts & symbols

Buoyage systems

GPS/Electronic nav

Pilotage and passage planning

Emergency procedures

Distress signals

Cold water shock

Immersion hypothermia

Disabled craft

Advice for restricted visibility

Fire precautions and fire fighting

Man Overboard procedure

Practical syllabus

Introductory skills

Boat familiarisation 

Slow speed handling

Holding off

High Speed manoeuvres


High speed turns 

Trim tabs & power trim

Close Quarters

Turning in a confined space

Turning using springs 

Leaving and coming alongside in a range of conditions (wind & tide) 

Mooring and Berthing

Approach and securing to a mooring buoy


Mooring alongside a pontoon


Man Overboard – standard approach

Man Overboard – drift-down method

Recovery of Man Overboard into craft


Use of steering compass 

Execute basic passage plan

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