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RYA Training Centre MCA PCA
RYA Intermediate Powerboat

Rough Water Handling

per day
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A skill building course to educate and develop the knowledge of the learner in powerboat handling, in rough water conditions.

This course will be taught by a former Royal National Lifeboat Institution Inflatable Rescue Boat/ Rescue Water Craft and Surf Life Saving GB Trainer Assessor.

Pre-course experience Candidates should be competent to the standard of Powerboat level 2 with coastal endorsement. Be in good physical health.* 
Assumed knowledge It is recommended that the candidate holds an RYA VHF License.
Minimum duration 1 day
Minimum age 16 years
Course content

• Interpreting a synoptic chart
• What is ‘rough water’ and how does the weather and topography affect it?
• Types of waves and seas
• Safe stowage and boat preparation
• Safety briefing
• Crew preparation and safe positioning on board
• Use of power to trim and engine trimming
• How to navigate head, following and beam seas
• Planing speed manoeuvres
• Man overboard
• Practical engine failure

After the course  

candidates will have practical understanding of:
• Sea states caused by wind Force 4 – 7
• Sea bed topography and the effect on conditions
• Safe passage making in a powerboat
• Emergency situations such as man overboard and engine failure

* This course is not suitable for any person suffering from chronic leg, hip and/or back pain.

NB. This course is subject to suitable rough weather and the dates may be moved at short notice to ensure that you receive the full experience.

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