Powerboat Courses

Under the expert tuition of our highly qualified staff, we will follow the I.S.A. Syllabus to teach you how to drive our powerboats effectively and safely. All successful participants receive I.S.A. Certification required by law in order to operate a planning craft.

Introduction to Powerboating Certificate

The aim of this powerboat course is to provide a short practical introduction to boat handling and safety on powerboats being used on all Irish waters. It is ideally suited to 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.

Introduction to Powerboating €125 per person (One Day Course)


National Powerboat Certificate

The aim of this two day course is to develop the skills and knowledge that allow participants to safely and effectively skipper an open powerboat by day, on inland and coastal waters with which they are familiar.
The ISA recommends this Certificate as the minimum level of training/knowledge required before anyone uses a power boat on their own. In the majority of cases beginners would do this course and the Introduction to Powerboating as part of the same three day course. The certificate can also be achieved through direct assessment by a Powerboat Instructor.

National Powerboat Certificate €250 per person per course (2 Day Course)


Safety boat Certificate

By the end of this course, the successful candidate will have a wide range of boat handling techniques and experience in the provision of safety cover for sailing events. Areas covered will include, towing, assistance with race management, mark laying and the provision of assistance for sailing dinghies (single handed & crewed), sail boards and canoes.

The ISA recommends this certificate as the minimum level of training/knowledge required by the coxswains of boats providing safety cover at Clubs, Regattas, Coaching or Courses of Instruction. Safety boat courses are run on demand, please call 061 376622 for more information.


Advanced Powerboat Certificate

Advanced courses are run on demand, please call 061 376622 for more information


International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) for users of pleasure craft was established under resolution No. 40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The aim of the ICC is to provide boat owners and people wishing to charter boats with an internationally recognised document certifying their competence to skipper a boat for recreational use. ULAC is a recognised ICC assessment centre and certificates are issued through the offices of the Irish Sailing Association on behalf of the Irish Government. For more information on direct assessments or training please contact us.


What to bring

If you are booked on a Powerboat Course here is what you will need to bring:

1. Plenty of warm clothes (including hat and gloves) + a change of clothes.
2. Wellies, Booties or boat shoes.
3. Waterproofs or oilskins.
4. For safety Boat courses and instructor courses you will be required to go in the water- wetsuits are supplied.
5. Buoyancy aid or lifejacket will be provided.
6. Pencil and paper to take notes.

Please note: For all weekend courses participants will have 1 hour for lunch, all are welcome to bring packed lunches and use the indoor facilities, tea/coffee will be provided.