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RYA Intermediate Powerboat

RYA Advanced Powerboat

Upcoming RYA Advanced Powerboat Courses

Price - £370.00


Certificate of Competence

(Advanced PB Exam)


Tuesday 8th September 2020

See below for details of costs and fees


The RYA Advanced Powerboat course is aimed at the more experienced powerboat handler. Run over 2 days and an evening (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.

NB. Please contact us if you need an Advanced PB Exam organised to Commercially Endorse this qualification. The Exam fee is £193.00, the Commercial Endorsement fee is £35.00. These fees are NOT included in the course fees.

The cost of the rib charter is £75 per person plus fuel which is split between the candidates – maximum 3.  To book onto the CoC please contact the office 01489 588977

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 – 8pm, 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. 

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 drive 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 you do not need to take the CoC for the Advanced Powerboat.

The exam is 1, long, day – 9am to 8pm minimum.  Maximum number of students on a CoC is 3.  We only offer a CoC between September and April otherwise a full course will run until the early hours of the morning due to the night exercises.  Students who complete the RYA Advanced Powerboat course with us are offered a discounted rib hire fee of £75 pp plus fuel for the exam day.  Fuel can be split between the number of students taking the exam.  Students who have not trained with us will be charged £150pp rib hire fee plus fuel.  The exam fee and Commercial Endorsement fee is NOT included in the cost of the RYA Advanced Powerboat course or rib hire fee.

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