Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas

If you’d like to buy a gift but not sure where to start, please contact us, we have some great gift ideas.  We love talking boats and are happy to offer friendly advice based on the budget available with no obligation.  We can cater for everyone from beginner to yachtmaster.  Whilst we primarily train adults, youngsters are very welcome too, providing we’ve chatted it through in advance to ensure suitability.

If you’ve thought of an idea but can’t see it on our website, just give us a call.  We’re also happy to talk in an evening so if that is a more convenient time to chat just let us know.  The majority of our courses are taught by one of the partners in the business so we are flexible over dates and times.  If you see a course of interest but not a matching date in the calendar, just let us know.  We’ll try to accommodate the dates of your choice.

Gift Vouchers:

We can provide gift idea vouchers for set amounts or specific courses. W can send out course books in advance so you have something tangible to present with the voucher. Contact us to chat through options we can organise click and collect or delivery. 


Charts and Navigation:

We have a variety of local charts and plotters in stock. Give us a call for a chat about which set you’d like and we can organise click and collect or delivery.  Portland Plotters and Dividers, Poole Harbour Charts – laminated or fold out.



Beginners Gift Ideas:

Taster Powerboat (RIB) Driving Session

These are a fab way to get afloat and see the harbour whilst having a go at driving the boat under the supervision of an instructor. If you book for two or three people we will allocate the boat and instructor specifically to your group.  If you’ve a couple of people we can often add a course date/time to suit you.  Available in two different time slot options.  As these are aimed at beginners please note dates are subject to weather and times do include safety briefing and paperwork. A great gift idea.

Taster Session: Information & Prices

RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course

A great day afloat looking at some of the practical skills required to drive a Powerboat.  This is a very practical day with most of the day out on the water on one of our RIBs.  We aim these at those who are completely new to the water or who will be driving boats under supervision in the future.  It is a relaxed introduction to the water and upon successful completion a RYA Certificate will be awarded. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive course do have a look at our Level 2 Course as you do not have to completed Level 1 first.  Youngsters are welcome to attend either a bespoke youngsters course or book with a parent/guardian and we’ll run a course just for you – lovely way to spend some time with a youngster in your life learning a new skill together in a relaxed environment.

Level 1 Adult or Family  – Information & Prices – L1


RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

This is probably our most popular powerboat course as the aim is to produce a self sufficient powerboater by the end of the course and it potentially enables access to an ICC (International Certificate of Competence).  It is usually the minimum qualification required for hiring boats and is a fabulous foundation for those planning to get afloat on their own or perhaps later work on the water.  We usually suggest this course is taken by those min age 16, if you have someone younger wanting to take the course please contact us for a chat to discuss suitability for the individual.  Note that if you book two or more people onto the course we will allocate an instructor and boat exclusively for your group which makes this a great way to spend some time together.

Level 2 Powerboat Course – Information & Prices – L2

More Experienced or Boat Owners:

VHF Radio Course (SRC)

One day classroom course or available as an online option. This qualification is a legal requirement for those operating a radio on board a boat.  It is a great opportunity to practice making calls on our training radios in the classroom before going ‘live’.  We present this course in a relaxed an environment as possible. The the aim for students finishing the course confident and qualified to use the radio.  Please note that in addition to the course fee there is a license fee payable to the RYA.  If you’d like to present this as a complete option with both elements paid as a gift just let us know.

VHF Radio – Information – VHF

Bespoke Training

We’re able to hop on board your boat (up to 50ft) or come and see us on ours and practice particular skills.  Whether the client wishes to focus on ‘parking’ the boat or undertaking a longer passage with an experienced Instructor on board we can provide a bespoke option.

Further Information

Navigation Courses

Whether you’re looking to get someone started or develop skills we have a range of course options from Essential Navigation through to Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory.

Further Information


Book Gift Ideas

We hope you find the following selection of interest.  We do keep some of these books in stock if you would prefer to collect from us.

Please note that the links below will take you through to the Amazon site which is external.  Please ensure any copies are the latest version.  If you choose to buy your contract is with Amazon. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases using the links below.  If you require assistance with checking copies or advice please do not hesitate to call.


Book Gift Ideas for youngsters

The RYA have published a range of accessible books by Claudia Myatt for youngsters.  These have brilliant illustrations (and many adults love the too!).  We find it’s a great way to get youngsters involved on board. It helps them to understand the principals and roles on board. It seems that only the Go Sailing book is now available new on Amazon but we have the Go Cruising book in stock ourselves so please drop us a message




Practical Powerboat & Motor Cruising Books:

We include the Start Powerboating Book with our Powerboat L2 Course.  It is a great refresher for those that might have lost their copy.

Powerboat & Advanced Handbooks discuss the topics in greater detail. These are great preparation for Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

The Dayskipper Handbooks are perfect for those looking to undertake Motor Cruising or Yacht Sailing at Day Skipper Level.



Navigation Books:

These are great for those looking to go further afield and need to learn more about planning.

Whether you are getting started with navigation or you want to continue with practice after a Theory Course we have a book for you.



Specialist Courses

These books are not mandatory preparation for courses but may provide great supplementary information if you are starting to explore these topics.