Want to get out on the district's stretches of beaches on a powerboat this summer but need a bit of training first?

Chichester District Council's Foreshores Service offers Royal Yachting Association (RYA) powerboat training from the Bracklesham Bay Foreshores Office.

RYA training courses are offered throughout the summer months in partnership with West Sussex Schools Youth Sailing Association (WSSYSA) and the Foreshore Office is a recognised RYA training centre and has been accredited to run the following courses:


  • RYA Level 2 - National Powerboat Course, £225;
  • RYA Intermediate - Powerboat Day Cruising Course, please call 01243 672133
  • VHF Short Range Radio, £TBC; and,
  • RYA First Aid, £80.

All prices include fuel, logbooks, handbooks, and VAT. There are no additional charges.

The training takes place on a 5.4 metre Avon Searider rigid inflatable boat with twin 40 horsepower engines.

The Foreshore Office is situated at the end of Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham. The Foreshore Service helps with up to date weather conditions, tide tables and general information regarding the beach and foreshore.

To register your interest in any of the courses please contact the Foreshore Office.

RYA Course details

RYA course details
CourseRecommended pre-course knowledgeCourse contentAbility after the courseMinimum course duration and minimum age
Level 2NoneClose quarters boat handling, planning speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collisions regulationsAble to handle a powerboat in familiar waters by day

2 days

12 years old minimum

IntermediateBoat handling to the standard of level 2 with coastal endorsementDay time navigation skills, passage planning, use of plotting instruments, GPS and electronic navigationAble to navigate a powerboat on coastal passages by day

2 days

16 years old minimum

Safety boatBoat handling to standard of level 2. Level 2 certificate requiredRecovery techniques for various craft and fleet management afloatAble to provide safety or support cover in a racing or training environment

2 days

16 years old minimum