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Power boating is a growing leisure pursuit due Wales’ clean, sheltered waters and the facility to travel quite long distances and visit remote coves and bays that are inaccessible by foot or road! Ribs and sport boats are fun, fast and relatively affordable and provide excitement and versatility which makes them ideal for all ages, especially if you want to have a go at waterskiing or wakeboarding.

If you do want to be the proud owner of your own boat then there are also many boat specialist brokers across the region.

Royal Yachting Association-accredited power craft training courses range from one day to five depending on the course content.

Launching There are a number of Public Slipways/Access Points across Wales for launching small craft but many require a launching fee to be paid and proof of insurance. Slipway information is provided here.

Not surprisingly Power boating is a growing leisure pursuit due to our clean, sheltered waters and the facility to travel quite long distances and visit remote coves and bays that are inaccessible by foot or road!
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Ribs and sport boats are fun, fast and relatively affordable and provide excitement and versatility which makes them ideal for all ages especially if you want to have a go at waterskiing or wakeboarding. You can hit the high seas and experience a thrilling boat ride from several locations across the region with many offering exhilarating one hour rides through to chartering for the day.

If you do want to be the proud owner of your own boat then there are also many boat specialist brokers across the region but if you are thinking of getting a power boat, even if it’s a small launch, please make sure you take the RYA National Powerboat Certificate as this will stand you in invaluable stead as you’ll not just learn the basics from understanding the tides and weather but also the rules of the water.

Courses range from one day to five depending on the course content.

  • Level 1 is an introduction covering launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and safety equipment ,
  • Level 2 teaches you close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations,
  • Intermediate covers pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using traditional and electronic navigational techniques and
  • Advanced covers driving by day and night in known or unfamiliar waters, and boat handling in more demanding conditions.

There’s also a course for the U16s which will give parents peace of mind when their children take to the water.

If you’re interested in a jet ski or to give them their correct term, Personal Watercraft, then again we strongly recommend you take the RYA’s one day course which teaches you how to use your jet ski safely, responsibly and with confidence. All new jet skis now come with a voucher redeemable against this course and once you’ve passed you are issued with a certificate of proficiency which increasingly you need to be able to launch in UK harbours and other locations.

Launching

There are a number of Public Slipways/Access Points across Wales for launching small craft but many require a launching fee to be paid and proof of insurance. Usage of these Slipways is sometimes limited to certain craft so please do contact the telephone numbers below for more information. Please also note that in many areas power boats including jet skis are required to be registered with the local authority before using these authorised slipways or access points.

  • Conwy has six Public Slipways, please contact 01492 596253
  • Gwynedd has 14 Public Slipways which are split in four areas.
  • For slipways for the Llŷn contact 01758 704081.
  • For Criccieth, Porthmadog and Morfa Bychan contact 01766 512927.
  • For Barmouth and Penrhyn Point contact 01341 280671
  • For Tywyn and Aberdyfi contact 01654 767626.
  • Anglesey has 13 Public Slipways , please contact 01248 752320
  • There are no Public Slipways in Denbigshire and Flintshire