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North Staffs Powerboat / Dam Head / Rudyard Lake / Staffordshire ST13 8XB

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Stuart presented the course excellently and will be recommending other family members attend in due course.

Alister Muir - August 2016

Powerboat Level 2

Absolutely superb training, would recommend to anyone who needs anything powerboat qualification wise. Quality and Experience shines through in teaching. If i could get my PB2 again i would.

Sam Simons - June 2015

Powerboat Level 2

The knowledge i gained was invaluable and on top of that i had a most enjoyable 2 days. Stuart is an excellent tutor and manages to stay calm while complete amateurs are at the controls of his beautiful 140 hp RIB. Well worth the money and the knowledge gained could save your life.

Dave Reeves - August 2014

Powerboat Level 2

Stuart is an excellent teacher, The PBL2 i did was mint! I recommend this course by Stuart, to all interested in powerboating for first timers.

Scott Wood - April 2014

Powerboat Level 2



My key stats:

  Started Powerboating at 14yrs

  Became a PBI at 18yrs

  Gained Advanced PBI at 30yrs

  Been a Powerboat Trainer for 15yrs

  I’m also a Dinghy Senior Instructor and an

  RYA Centre Inspector.

Personal interests in the sport are

Having been in the sport for so long and spending 20 years working within the RYA Midlands Coaching Team I can bring to your training real and exciting aspects of powerboat training.

We have developed our courses over the years and listened to the students feedback to refine the courses such that we attain most of our students through recommendation and repeat business.

Stuart Scrimgeour

Centre Principal

RYA Powerboat Trainer

RYA Senior Instructor (Dinghy)

RYA Centre Inspector

BSAC & PADI Open Water Diver &

a retired canoeist.


Formed in 1998, we are a well established powerboat training provider which is a recognised RYA Training Centre and have been working with sailing clubs and private boat owners to deliver their RYA training courses for many years.

We operate as a non profit making organisation and put all income earned back into the equipment we provide on our courses. This ultimately enables users of our equipment to explore the uses of GPS, Chartplotters, Depth Sounders / Contour Equipment, VHF, navigation and much more and without paying the full commercial rates. Our boats are equipped to a high standard as we operate under the RYA guidelines which ensures that you as a paying customer get:

- Value for money.
- An enjoyable experience.
- Professional training by qualified instructors.
- Experience of the 'high-tech' equipment.
- Training in the use of the equipment which should be carried.

We hope that you find our website useful and if we can assist you in gaining further qualifications and experience in powerboating then please contact us to make a booking. If you have any queries then again do not hesitate to contact us.

The Centre is owned and run by Stuart Scrimgeour, a local and well respected Powerboat Trainer who has worked for the RYA Midlands Coaching Team for well over 20 years, he has assisted numerous clubs and public individuals in their need to improve their own skills and the skills of their club members through Instructor Training Programmes.

Have a read of our testimonials below. The feedback we receive is really encouraging and confirms we are meeting the expectations of our students.

We are based at Rudyard Lake in north Staffordshire, a gorgeous part of the county and on the edge of the Peak District.

Our centre at Rudyard is ideal for small groups and provides all of the necessities for a good course. The on site Cafe serves excellent breakfast baps and hot lunches along with a variety of cakes, drinks and ice creams. The lake has a 4 mile footpath around it  allowing plenty of walking opportunities as well as the Rudyard narrow gauge railway and for accommodation the Rudyard Lake Hotel and local B&B’s provide a very local facility.

Coastal Experience Trips

There is nothing better for me than a day on the coast in a Force 3 with a full tank of fuel!

Navigation Aids

Electronic Navigation is an interesting aspect of the sport. I try to provide as much of the latest kit for you to experience.

Safety Boat & Rescue

Teaching students driving and rescue techniques is very rewarding especially when they put it into practice!

Good dialogue between instructor and students throughout. A relaxed and fun course. Great venue. A most enjoyable and informative course.

Sarah Royles - April 2016

Powerboat Level 2

A really enjoyable course which enormously built my confidence and awareness. Would highly recommend this course to others.

Shelley Jamieson - July 2016

Powerboat Level 2

Professionally presented course. Instructor gives confidence in students. Felt i have learned a lot of knowledge and understanding in powerboats.

Mike Hulme - January 2016

Powerboat Level 2

Really enjoyable course, found it very informative and learned a great deal from this course. Looking forward to practicing all my new skills and hopefully in the future have a go at more advanced powerboat courses.

H. J Whitehouse - July 2014

Powerboat Level 2

A very good impression. Nice friendly approachable instructor, good & well equipped boat for learning.

Mike Barrow - June 2015

Powerboat Instructor Course

Was really impressed with the course and its content, especially how it extended my knowledge outside of just using a coaching launch for rowing. Facility was tidy and well kept. Tea and coffee provided which was nice to have.

Declan Gamble - October 2015

Powerboat Level 2

The course was fantastic. The instructor was friendly, knowledgeable & really professional. Good coaching was given, candidates questions were answered to great satisfaction. Would recommend North Staffs Powerboat as the place to go!

Brian Preece - June 2013

Powerboat Instructor Course

Excellent course that i would recommend to anyone with an interest in being on the water. Appropriate venue. Has made me very interested in doing more RYA courses.

Ashley Deering - March 2014

Powerboat Level 2

Fab… Stuart was an excellent teacher, everything well prepared and executed superbly.

Nicholas Abbey - September 2017

Powerboat Level 2

My children and I have had a great weekend in all ways. Stuart was very informative on all subjects and advice.

Robert Harris - June 2017

Powerboat Level 2

Stuart is a great trainer, he got all of the key messages across. Informative but informal and entertaining. I felt that I have learnt  a lot but with ease.

Andy Rosson - June 2017

Powerboat Level 2

Great course and tutor, Stuart was very helpful and in depth - will definitely benefit and be a much safer driver.

Thomas Rosson - June 2017

Powerboat Level 2

Stuart was excellent throughout, really patient (much needed in my case) He is able to build your confidence really quickly.

Liz Fairweather - April 2017

Powerboat Level 2

The initial assessment seemed very in depth and I feel if I had not been warned of this I would have struggled.

Lucy Mallory - March 2017

Powerboat Instructor Course