Powerboating is exhilarating. Whether you are just looking for something exciting to do, or looking to drive a power boat for a particular reason, first class training is on offer here at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre. Our courses are all run to the high standards set by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

These hands on courses cover all the supporting theory needed, equipping you with the skills and confidence required to handle power boats on inland waters.

You can experience Powerboating by:

  • Enrolling on a course
  • 1-1 Powerboat refresher tuition

We offer RYA Powerboat Level 1 which is ideal as a one day taster.  The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is a 2 day course which is a nationally recognised certificate for driving Powerboats.  We also offer the RYA Safety Boat course which is ideal for people who are operating in sailing club and training centre environments.

Salford Quays is classed as Inland water. Please note that PB2 Inland certificate does not automatically qualify you for an ICC without either a coastal endorsement or CEVNI test for inland waters being completed in addition to this course.

To book your place on any of our courses, simply call us on 0161 877 7252.

Junior - RYA Powerboat Level 1

This fast and exciting course gives youngsters the chance to learn how to drive our powerboats.  Try and think of a more exciting way to spend the school holidays!  The course is run under close supervision of an instructor providing a safe and fun introduction to powerboating.  Minimum age is 12.

JP11Fri 3rd May9.30am to 4.30pm£80
JP12Mon 8th - Fri 12th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£80
JP13Mon 15th - Fri 19th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£80
JP14Mon 22nd - Fri 26th August1.30pm to 4.30pm£80


Adults - RYA Powerboat Level 2

This exciting course provides a sound introduction to boat handling and the associated background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver. The course covers skills such as anchoring, man over board drill and high speed driving. No previous experience is necessary.

This course is a requirement for anyone wishing to become an RYA dinghy, windsurf or powerboat instructor.

PB21Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August9.30am to 4.30pm
PB22Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October9.30am to 4.30pm
PB23Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October9.30am to 4.30pm
PB24Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November9.30am to 4.30pm
PB25Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th November9.30am to 4.30pm
PB26Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January 20189.30am to 4.30pm
PB27Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February 20189.30am to 4.30pm
PB28Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 20189.30am to 4.30pm
  • One to one Powerboat refresher tuition is available with prices from £30 per hour.  This is for people who have done their RYA Powerboat Level 2 and require a bit of a refresher.
  • Tailored Powerboat courses can be arranged.  If you have 2 or 3 people available, then we can put a course on for you.  We often have people on a waiting list that we can use to fill a course.
  • We also offer the RYA Safetyboat course.  These are run no demand, please enquire.