High speed, intense battles and ever-changing conditions make for great racing but you need to be able to control it before being let loose.
To train as a P1 pilot, you’ll need to do the following:
- Complete and RYA Level 2 Powerboat training course at an accredited school – this should take 2/3 days.
- Complete race training with an accredited school – this comprises theory work in the classroom to understand the rules of the class, as well as practical, on-water training to prepare you for the race environment. The duration of this training varies depending on your own skill level and competency on the water. Pilots will receive specific training depending on their role in the boat as drivers or navigators.
- Complete a medical.
- At least one of the two pilots in the boat will need to hold a current VHF radio licence.
- As an additional safety precaution, P1 requires all new pilots to complete a dunk test.
- Successfully completing these elements will enable ‘sign-off’ and you will then be entitled to apply for your national race licence.
- Rookies will be required to start on the outside of the starting grid for their first three races.