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Introduction to Powerboating

This is a 1 day course designed to give you a gentle introduction to powerboating to be able to crew on a powerboat.



Intro / Beginner


A short practical introduction to boat handling and safety on powerboats being used on all Irish waters. It is ideally suited to those looking for anyone new to powerboating and those whose primary role will be as crew on a powerboat. By the end of the course participants will be able to safely and effectively crew a powerboat and take the helm while under supervision.

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge assumed


1 Day


Kilrush Marina

What to bring

Waterproof /Windproof jacket, Waterproof trousers / Salopettes, Change of clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Packed Lunch, Pen and notepad.


NB: We do not provide any waterproof gear. Participants without the appropriate gear will not be allowed on the water. Participants must be prepared for boating in all conditions.

Equipment included

Buoyancy Aid


RIB with 40HP Outboard, Displacement craft with tiller outboard


No pre-course requisites

No. of Persons on Course

3 people with one instructor, 6 people with two instructors

NB: This course will only run with a minimum of 3 participants.

Age Range


Under 16? Under national legislation, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to operate boat capable of 17 knots or more on Irish coastal or inland waters. For this reason participants under the age of 16 may only participate on those courses where they may do so in displacement boats. It is recommended that the Introduction To Powerboating Certificate be used to introduce young powerboaters to good boating practice. Under 12s may not operate boats with engines over 5Hp. Irish Sailing policy recommends that under 16s do not operate any powerboat without appropriate and competent adult supervision.


Irish Sailing - Introduction to Powerboating


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