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The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) was set up in 1875, and has become world renowned for its training schemes. There are currently more than 2,400 RYA Training centres worldwide, in more than 58 countries.

The Youth and Adult schemes are all encompassing, for everyone from complete novices to the highest level of racing. It’s focus is to be accessible and more importantly safe, to raise the standards of boating by promoting safe practices.

As an RYA recognized training centre, we are held to the standards of the RYA and all our instructors must be qualified by the RYA. This ensures that training and equipment is kept to a very high standard.

DOSC has a range of powerboats, from a 3.5m tiller steer to a 39ft twin engine race-mark boat. These are used daily for supporting the sailing activities, be it training, racing, or the SailAbility program (which gets children of determination onto the water).

Powerboats are vital in their support of other water based activities, to provide safety cover or lay down courses. Of course, they are a sport in their own right too; day cruising and fishing are both popular pastimes, and gaining your powerboat license is a very useful thing to have.

For adults, we offer RYA Powerboat Level 2, to gain your license. Further Training follows this, to refine your skills and prepare you for more advanced courses, should you wish to continue progressing. We also offer Rescue Boat and Mark Laying courses which are focussed around supporting sailing events.

The Junior RIB Clubs are training for anyone 10 – 16 years old, which run regularly on Fridays and weekends. This is all about learning to drive safely, while learning the skills needed for the DOSC Youth RIB Challenge which will be held near the end of the season.

POWERBOAT

This two day course provides the skills and background knowledge required to drive a powerboat. It includes close quarters handling, planing maneuvers, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside as well as man overboard recovery and collision regulations.  

Course Prerequisites:None 

Duration: 2 days 

Minimum Age: 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate 

Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the mild conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

Costs: Member: AED 2280 

Visitors: AED 2850

This course is designed to prepare you for safety boat duties. Various dinghy rescue techniques for different types of craft will be covered. 

Course Prerequisites:RYA PB2, and a basic understanding of sailing 

Duration: 1 day 

Minimum Age: 16 

Ability after the course: Able to rescue various craft using techniques appropriate to the conditions.

POWERBOAT COURSES

Youth

Junior RIB club is all about learning how to use powerboats safely, while challenging your new skills. For new drivers, we’ll work towards RYA Powerboat Level 1, and those with prior experience the focus will be RYA Powerboat Level 2 and beyond.

This club is for anyone between the ages of 10 and 16 who is interested in developing their powerboating skills and having a great time learning something new! Once the term has finished, we will host the DOSC Youth RIB Challenge for all participants – dates to follow.

Course Prerequisites: Water confident

Duration: 2.5 hours

Timings: 1530-1800

Minimum Age: 10

Ability after the course: comfortable driving a powerboat

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Adult

This two day course provides the skills and background knowledge required to drive a powerboat. It includes close quarters handling, planing maneuvers, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside as well as man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

Course Prerequisites: None

Duration: 2 days

Minimum Age: 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the mild conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

Costs:

  • Member: AED 2280
  • Visitors: AED 2850

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Following the PB2 course, further training builds on the skills covered to increase your competency in a variety of situations.

Course Prerequisites: RYA PB2

Duration: 3 hours

Ability after the course: refined skills on the subjects covered

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This course is designed to prepare you for safety boat duties. Various rescue techniques for dinghies and people will be covered throughout the day – be prepared to get into the water!

Course Prerequisites: RYA PB2, 8 hours logged driving, and a basic understanding of sailing.

Duration: 1 day

Minimum Age: 16

Ability after the course: Able to rescue various craft using techniques appropriate to the conditions.

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Mark laying requires precision and a greater understanding of navigation techniques in order to work with the race committee effectively. Bigger vessels are also used to carry more marks, which requires another set of skills to maneuver effectively.

Course Prerequisites:

  • RYA PB2
  • 16 hours logged driving


Duration: 1 day

Timings: 10:00 – 17:00

Ability after the course: Comfortable using larger vessels and able to act on instructions by the race committee effectively

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