Powerboat Level 1 & 2

Powerboat Level 1 & 2

Learn to maneuver a power boat.


  • Pre-course experience:None
  • Previous knowledge: None
  • Minimum duration: 2 days
  • Minimum age: 12 years old

Post course skills:
Able to handle a motorboat in coastal waters during the day.


This course is aimed at those who want to maneuver small open boats, such as RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), sports boats and small support boats. These boats are generally powered by an outboard motor, usually do not have on-board accommodation, and therefore are not intended for extended voyages. They can be used for short coastal or inland trips, fishing, safety cover for other water sports, water skiing or as a diving support boat.

Whether you use boats for leisure or work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you.

The program comprises a series of practical tasks that are complemented by theoretical notions. Assess your current experience and skills and, if in doubt, let us know.

Course content
Tight spot maneuvers, high speed maneuvers, docking maneuvers, anchoring maneuvers, man overboard recovery maneuvers, personal safety equipment, emergency equipment.

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Visit the Algarve aboard one of our boats

Have a memorable family day in the Algarve, discover the charms of the Algarve aboard a motor boat. Take your friends on a boat ride along the Algarve coast. If you’re a boating enthusiast, but you’re not confident enough in your experience to set out to discover, then Southwest Charters can provide a qualified skipper to ensure your day runs as you dreamed, safe and hassle-free.