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Old 10 June 2010, 02:59   #1
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Is RYA level 1 for 8 year olds?

Is the powerboat level 1 suitable for an 8 year old to attend?
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Old 10 June 2010, 04:15   #2
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Can't see why not... I did Level 2 When I was 13.
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Yeah, 8 is the minimum age according to most RYA centres:

http://www.stormforce.biz/superbaske...erboat+Level+1
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Level 1 is a basic course in boat handling and launching/ Recovery (although they do not get involved with the launching and just watch if they are 8) At 8 you get an endorsed certificate until they are 16, basically they have to go out with an adult and are not technically allowed out using their licence on their own until they are 16.

Ideally, when your child is 16 he can do the powerboat level 2 straight off and get the licence if successful without any endorsements and bypassing level 1. Hopefully that helps a bit
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Level 1 is a basic course in boat handling and launching/ Recovery (although they do not get involved with the launching and just watch if they are 8) At 8 you get an endorsed certificate until they are 16, basically they have to go out with an adult and are not technically allowed out using their licence on their own until they are 16.
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Ideally, when your child is 16 he can do the powerboat level 2 straight off and get the licence if successful without any endorsements and bypassing level 1. Hopefully that helps a bit
Or if his 8 yr old is interested enough now, and in the parents view mature enough to sit through a day of practical and theoretical learning then they could do it now, do the PB2 and 13 (?) and then look towards Intermediate if they still want to advance their skills when they are 16.
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IT IS NOT A LICENSE

Or if his 8 yr old is interested enough now, and in the parents view mature enough to sit through a day of practical and theoretical learning then they could do it now, do the PB2 and 13 (?) and then look towards Intermediate if they still want to advance their skills when they are 16.
http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestrainin...es/Level1.aspx

http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestrainin...es/Level2.aspx
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level 1 for an 8yr old is a brilliant starter into the boating would, 1 fun day out and he/she will learn alot more than than you think. plus you will have piece of mind when taking them out with you knowing they know abit more about what they are doing
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level 1 for an 8yr old is a brilliant starter into the boating would, 1 fun day out and he/she will learn alot more than than you think. plus you will have piece of mind when taking them out with you knowing they know abit more about what they are doing
Absolutely, I Susie was 9 when she first drove Old Spice, supervised. The 16" wheel gave her the mechanical advantage to turn the wheel easily. The biggest problem was she could only just see over the top of the console.

Interestingly she drove 20 miles back from Belle-lle to Britiany in F5 at 20+ knots in full control without any problems and enjoyed the opportunity to be in charge and be able to drive.

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