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RYA Intermediate Powerboat

RYA Advanced Powerboat

If dates not suitable please call to discuss – we are happy to schedule dates on your timetable.

The RYA Advanced Powerboat course is aimed at the more experienced powerboat handler. Run over 2 days and a night (night exercise), the RYA Advanced Powerboat course as well as being challenging and fun also focuses on the role of a skipper on a powerboat.

How can I take this course?

  • On our school boat on our timetables.
  • On our school boat, in your group, you choose the dates.
  • On your own boat, we come to you.

The practical course is taught on our 7m Ribcraft rib , Swiss T.  The classroom course is taught in the Mendez Marine Office.

These courses run between September and April due to the night element.


Pre-course experience Candidates should be competent to the standard of Intermediate Powerboat. 
Assumed knowledge Candidates should have a thorough knowledge of navigation and chart work to the level of Coastal/Yachtmaster shore based certificate and it is strongly recommended to hold a 1st aid certificate and a VHF operators licence. 
Minimum duration 2 days: day 1 – 10am – late, Day 2 – 9am – 5pm  
Minimum age 17 years
Maximum student. : Instructor Ratio 3 : 1
Course content Preparation: passage planning, meteorology, safety and the skipper’s responsibilities.

Boat handling and manoeuvres: high speed handling, pilotage by day and night, emergency situations including search patterns, awareness of chart plotters and Radar. t

Course material Supplied G108 RYA Advanced Powerboat Handling, Certificate (PHOTO required)
Recommended reading G2 IRPCS, G69 Passage planning, G6 Navigation Handbook, YSN RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes, G7 RYA Navigation Exercises, G133 RYA Weather Handbook
Ability after the course  To be able to plan and execute coastal trips in a planing powerboat safely by day and night in tidal coastal waters with which the candidate may be familiar.

Support Courses:  RYA Coastal Yachtmaster / Coastal Theory,  RYA VHF Radio, RYA Sea Survival, RYA First Aid RYA Radar

Next Step:   Commercial Endorsement

The Advanced Powerboat Certificate can be Commercially Endorsed on completion of an exam to gain a Certificate of Competence.   However, if you have completed a CoC for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power you do not need to take the CoC for the Advanced Powerboat.

See our RYA Advanced Powerboat CoC prep and exam page.

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