About Us

About Us

About SPBT

All About SPBT

We are an established training company offering a range of RYA and Maritime training courses for the leisure and commercial users in the UK and Europe. Under the leadership of the owner and principal Ian Patience, and our Powerboat Chief Instructor Sarah Davies we have a dedicated team of instructors to teach all our Powerboat, Shore Based and Own Boat courses.

We operate out of our training centre in Lowestoft at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club.

We take the upmost pride in providing a professional and personal service to our clients as well as supporting our suppliers who enable us to deliver what we do. The team’s passion and ethos is to find ways to make boating accessible and fun for all, regardless of experience levels.

We ensure that our instructors are teaching ‘Best Practice’ and we have a process whereby we constantly review their sessions to ensure that you get the most productive experience from your time with us. All our instructors teach because they love boating and we work with them to constantly ‘upskill’ their qualifications and experience.

We are also very proud to work with the RYA providing our boats and instructors for their Continuing Professional Development days and events.

Operational Areas

Where We Operate

Powerboat & Theory Courses – Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club
The Mostly Eastly RYA Training Centre in the UK

Based on the North Sea coast at Lowestoft, we have access to 120 miles of navigable inland waterways and the North Sea, this enables us to provide a rich and wide variety of boating areas for all levels of training.

Our training centre is in a perfect position to see the comings and goings of a commercial port. Clients can experience port control lights and the use of the VHF radio.

No matter what the weather may throw at us we have the added benefit if we cannot get out to sea to move in to the dock areas. Our clients spend as much time looking at the various crafts as they do driving the boat. While clients are in the classroom they get to see the large ships leaving and entering the port.

Our centre is located 5 min walk from the train station and easy access from main roads.