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Basic Guernsey Pilotage, Sun 14th May (9am-4pm) - 2 places left
Basic Guernsey Pilotage, Sun 25th June (9am-4pm) - 2 places left
Forage Afloat, Sun 28th May (1.30pm-3.30pm) - 3 places left
Powerboat Level 2, Sat 23rd Sept - Sun 24th Sept - 4 places left
Powerboat Taster, Sat 6th May (4.30pm-6.30pm) - 2 places left
Powerboat Taster, Sun 28th May (9.30am-11.30am) - 2 places left
Safety Boat, Sat 6th May - Sun 7th May - 4 places left



The Guernsey Sailing Trust is a recognised powerboat school and run Powerboat Level 1, Level 2 and Safety-boat Courses.

Powerboat level 1 course are one full day (9am till 4pm) and suitable for those age 10 and above.

Powerboat level 2 courses are held over two full days (9am till 4pm) and suitable for those age 14 and above.

Safety boat courses are held over two full days and have a minimum age requirement of 16.  In order to completed a safety boat course, you must hold a Powerboat level 2 certificate.

New to 2017, we will be running Powerboat Taster, Forage Afloat and Basic Guernsey Pilotage courses.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for more detailed information on these new courses.

We will be adding more Powerboat Level 2 courses shortly.  Please call or email us to register your interest!  We may also be able to run the Powerboat Level 2 courses in your own boat.  Please contact us if you are interested in this and we will see if we can help you!

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New for 2017!

We are very pleased to announce that Tara de Jersey will be running the Powerboat taster sessions, Forage Afloat and Basic Pilotage courses.  Tara is a very experienced skipper, having joined the team of Island RIB Voyages from the time they were established, creating their routes and material for the guided trips and skippering for many years. She studied marine zoology at university and has a passion for sailing, having taken her 22ft gaff-rigged boat to the Mediterranean and now sails a 40ft cruising deep water sailing boat with her family. Both her sons, under 6 years old, are skippering their own little vessels at regular sailing sessions with The Sailing Trust.

The sea range of these courses is within 3 miles of St Peter Port, which extends out to Herm and Jethou, up to the north by Beaucette marina, the east coast of Guernsey and south reaching round the corner to the stunning Peastacks cliff of St. Martins point.

All trips are subject to weather conditions.

Here is a little more salty detail…

Powerboat Taster – These sessions are personally tailored and the main focus of the session is to generate confidence in a powerboat in a safe environment.  You will have the opportunity to learn some basic powerboating skills, for example, high speed helming, anchoring, turning in tight spaces, man over board, picking up a buoy or helming in tide.

The course is perfect if you require more information or confidence before embarking on the RYA Powerboat level 1 or 2 Scheme (please note this course is not a prerequisite), as well as introducing you to boating in Guernsey.  We’ll stop for tea and biscuits and you’ll pick up local knowledge from your guide and teacher about the natural habitat to enhance your time on the water, bringing you closer and expanding the world outside of St Peter Port.

All the time will be spent on the water.  We welcome any age as long as children can be held comfortably by an adult or they are able to sit independently on a jockey-type seat.

Foraging Afloat – This course does what it says!  Why walk down the beach to collect and learn about seaweed, and how you can add it to your larder, when you can lean over the side of a boat and pick the freshest fronds?!  The course will cover preparation and uses of sea vegetables, whilst taking in the environment and learning about the habitats, heritage and medicinal benefits. Snacks will be supplied giving you ideas of recipes and how to cook seaweed. The course is run in association with WildGuernsey (

The Powerboat Taster and Forage Afloat sessions are priced at £198 for boat of three people.

Basic Guernsey Pilotage – The aim of this course is to increase your confidence to explore our waters.  You will learn about transits and clearing marks in order to stay in safe water and pilot your way around the rocks and coasts near to St Peter Port.  The course will give you more confidence with tidal flows (and how to use them to your advantage) and knowledge that can be applied to other parts of our coastline.

Experience of chart work, use of a hand compass and basic boat handling is required for this course.  This can be gained by doing the RYA powerboat level 2 course.



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