The RYA Powerboat Scheme was first developed to provide a qualification for dinghy sailing instructors adn club safety boat drivers using powerboats to cover their dinghy fleets.
It has grown from its original concept into what is now the most popular scheme offered by the RYA. The Scheme is applicable to sportsboats, RIBs, dories and launches and other boats that don’t provide accommodation and cooking facilities.
The lowest age limit for RYA training in powerboats is 8 years old (RYA PB 1 only)
Eight to eleven year olds should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult on board.
The minimum age for an RYA PB2 Course is 12 years old, Those aged 12-16 should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult.