Safety Boat Course

RYA Training CentreSafety Boat Course

This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.

Requirements and Outcomes

Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. RYA Powerboat Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate must be held prior to this course
Minimum Duration 2 days
Minimum Age 16
Course Content Preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users
Ability after the course Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing
Times Day One - Course Agenda
9.00 Arrive at Grassy Beach to meet your instructors who will introduce the course and provide you with your kit. Please note that you should contact Ancrum Outdoor Centre prior to your course to provide sizes for the kit you require.
10.15 Course introductions, boat checks, launch and pre course checks on L2 abilities
11.30 Class room theory on boat recovery of different crafts in various scenarios
12.30 Launch
13.00 On water - recovering single and double handed boats in capsize and full inversions
16.00 Recover boats, debrief and get changed
17.00 Depart
Times Day Two - Course Agenda
9.00 Arrive at Grassy Beach
10.00 Class room theory on other water based craft, catamarans, canoes, windsurfers and kite surfers
11.00 Pre start checks, boat launching, recovering catamarans, canoes, windsurfers and kite surfers
12.30 Lunch
13.00 On water - rescue scenario set by Instructor in different craft
16.00 Boat recovery, debrief and certificate presentations
17.00 Depart

What to bring and other essential information

Included in your course cost is the use of our wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and spray tops. Students will need to bring with them suitable footwear (Close toed footwear) (old trainers or wetsuit boots), swimwear (for under wetsuits) and shorts and T shirts, finally a towel is essential. A warm change of clothes for afterwards is also advisable. Other useful items not to forget are a water bottle ( drinking water available in kitchen), sun cream, sun hat and a waterproof camera. There are lockers available however we look after personal possessions belonging to the group. *RYA Books – If you already have a log book we would kindly ask you to bring it with you on your first day and hand it to your instructor. If you do not have a log book and would like to purchase one we do have them available for sale at our centre. A log book is yours to keep and all sailing qualifications gained at an RYA recognised training centre will be logged.


The course begins at 9.15am sharp at Grassy Beach Sailing Centre which is based within Dundee Sailing Club’s facility. The Centre has toilets, changing facilities and a recreation room. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. The kitchen also has cooking facilities to support any dietary requirements.

If you are driving to the venue we recommend parking in the car park at the bottom of Ogilvie Drive, Broughty Ferry to the right of the level crossing. Once parked, candidates should cross the level crossing by the gates and turn right onto the foot/cycle path and the building is about 100 metres on the right hand side.