Support Boat Training

Course Dates

  • All members will be notified when the next courses are available..

Session Content

Safety guidelines and communication

  • wearing the killcord

Recovering people from the water

  • approaching the individual
  • dangers of the propeller
  • basic lift, roll lift and legs-first lift

Recovering a capsized dinghy when the crew can/cannot assist

  • orientating the capsized dinghy
  • using the mast to recover
  • using the dagger board to recover
  • inverted dinghy – centre board leverage

Safely returning the crew to the dinghy

Towing a dinghy:

  • astern, alongside, on board
  • depowering the dinghy


  • You will be an LSC member
  • You should have experience driving a powerboat and feel confident in your driving ability
  • Ideally you will have RYA Powerboat Levels 1 and 2, although this is not essential
  • Please watch the short video on how to prepare and recover 'LSC’s safety boat' Orange-Aid: SB Video
  • You should be suitably dressed in wet weather gear and prepared to enter the water, if necessary
  • You should be willing to undertake Safety Boat duty at least twice a year during dinghy racing


These sessions will be delivered by an RYA qualified Safety Boat (SB) Instructor who is an LSC member and gives their time free of charge


  • Training is free of charge
  • We will ask you to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of fuel and SB maintenance

To Book a Place

  • If you are interested in attending or are willing to volunteer to help run these sessions, please calll the office for available spaces for courses that run April and May.


Read the RYA Safety Boat Handbook (ISBN 978-1-905104-38-3)Take an RYA recognised qualification – available at many local RYA Training Centres including:
Parkstone Yacht Club, Rockley Sands, Spinnaker Sailing Club (Ringwood)