In order to drive a powerboat of over 6m in Greece and many other countries you must have a licence.
If you don’t speak Greek it can be difficult to take the test to get a Greek licence. The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) has two schemes for powerboats with tuition in English.
The National Powerboat Scheme is for those wanting to drive small open powerboats such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small launches. These boats are generally powered by an outboard engine, do not normally have accommodation on board, and so are not intended for extended cruises. They may be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other water sports, waterskiing or as a support boat for diving.
The Motor Cruising Scheme is for those who want to drive large motor yachts. Motor cruisers have accommodation and cooking facilities, offering a degree of comfort while spending time afloat. This scheme is for those who want to live on board a yacht and cruise the coast or further afield.
At present, Aegean Sailing School offers courses under the National Powerboat scheme only, which is for powerboats up to around 10m.
We will teach you to handle a boat proficiently in coastal waters and, if you reach the required standard, you will be issued with an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate which is accepted to drive a power boat in Greece.
This certificate can also be used to obtain an ICC (International Certificate of Competence), depending upon your nationality.
What You’ll Learn
Our most popular course is Powerboat Level 2. This is a two day course in boat handling and seamanship for those aged 16 years and over. You’ll learn basic boat handling – starting/stopping, steering controls, leaving and coming alongside, together with the ‘rules of the road’ for boat users and some basic knots. The course will also cover launching and recovery and being towed, and personal safety afloat.
The course is run on our 6.5m RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and includes making a planned passage on the second day, with stops at a couple of lovely bays. Enjoy yourself visiting parts of the island that others cannot reach.
The RYA Powerboat 2 syllabus covers both practical exercises and theoretical work. Over the years that we’ve run the course we’ve found most people don’t want to spend time sitting in a classroom studying theory; they prefer to be out on the water.
We now specify that all students must have knowledge of basic navigation and chart work, buoyage, and the collision regulations before taking the course. This means that your time with us can be devoted to practical boat-handling and passage planning. You’ll have plenty of time to practice manoeuvres and, in summer, to anchor for a swim.
To make it easy to gain the required knowledge we include the online RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course at a special reduced price. You study this at home in your own time (6 – 10 hours) and then come to us for the practical work. If you already have sufficient knowledge you don’t need to take the online course.
We can accept people on this course without having to complete RYA Powerboat Level 1 course but we offer the one day Level 1 course for those who want an introduction to Powerboating, or who would like their children to learn a little about boating.
Our group courses take a maximum of 3 students and are mainly run at weekends. Contact us for the next available dates.
Private Powerboating Courses
We’re happy to run private powerboat courses for 1 or more people – maximum 3. This is a popular option for friends or family who want to take up the sport together.
Why not make a holiday of it and come and stay in one of Aegina’s friendly hotels for a few nights while you learn how to drive our fast RIB? We can supply you with a list of hotels and can help you to arrange accommodation and car or quad hire if you wish.