If anyone who has seen powerboats zipping up and down Milford Haven Waterway at impressive speeds wonders where they come from, it is surprising how many adventure and watersports providers there are offering powerboating experience in Pembrokeshire.

There seems to be a flourishing business sector providing powerboat trips and courses around the Milford Haven Waterway and on other parts of the coast.

And there are many powerboats in the marinas all round the county coastline, berthed and moored among the hundreds of luxury yachts, launches and motor boats, many of which never seem to move. The boats are expensive, the marina costs high, and it seems a mystery who can afford such luxuries, many of which seem to be used simply as weekend or holiday dormitories, never feeling the sea swell under their keels.

One of the major powerboat providers is the Pembrokeshire Adventure Centre at Cleddau Reach, Pembroke Dock, where watersports of all kinds are taught and practised by schools, colleges, individuals and clubs from all over the UK. Power-boating is high on their list of activities. Run by the Princes Trust, all its profits are directly invested in the future of young people, promoting social inclusion, character and confidence building adventure and economic activity. Their contact numbers are: 01646-622013 or adventure@princes-trust.org.uk or princes-trust.org.uk/adventure.

Sports Boats, based at Landshipping in the estuary of the Eastern Cleddau, is a family-owned business established in 2003, which manufactures the Salcombe Flyer range of powerboats. They sell and repair boats, supply parts and offer RYA powerboat courses.

Adventure Power Boating. Based at Peggy’s Cove, 11, Meadow Park, Burton, near the Neyland Marina, a branch of Dive Pembrokeshire UK, also offers RYA Powerboat courses at the Marina where the lectures and boats are. From coastal navigation, night passages along the Milford Haven Waterway, rough water at St Anns Head and great beaches at Broad Haven, St Brides and Newgale, they provide the full package.. Contacts: 07748 - 971331, 07545- 967180, 01646-600200.

Big Blue Experience is another powerboating business based at Newgale. They offer Zap Cat Powerboat tasters and RYA courses. Their contact numbers 07816-169359, or www.thebigblueexperience.com.

Rudders Boatyard at Burton. near Neyland, is also a provider of the thrilling powerboat experience and powerboaters qualified to level 2 can hire craft for the day for three people.

Dive in2 Pembrokeshire Powerboating is based at Dale  and their fleet of RIBs consists of Kraken and Triton, which are top craft for indulging in this exciting sport in beautiful surroundings.

Pembrokeshire Powerboating, based at Pembroke Dock, run courses aimed at qualifying for RYA/MCA Certificates of Competence in handling small open leisure powerboats. Contact numbers: www.yumping.co.uk/powerboating/pembrokeshire-powerboating.

West Wales Watersports run a full range of powerboat courses set in Dale Bay.  Contact: 01646-636642.

Activity Pembrokeshire offer courses from 1 to advanced and have a powerful 6.5m high speed RIB. Contact number: www.activitypembrokeshirewatersports.co.uk.

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