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RYA Powerboat Instructor

RYA Powerboat Instructor

“The Instructor is a competent & experienced powerboat handler who has been trained to teach Powerboating up to the standard of the RYA National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2) under the supervision of the Principal of a RYA Training Centre” From the ‘Powerboat Instructor Handbook (G19)’

Who runs the course?
The course is run by a Powerboat Trainer with one Trainer per 3 potential Instructors. Trainers are chosen, assessed & trained by the RYA as being those able to run and assess Instructor courses. The course is additionally moderated on the last day by another Trainer, who adds real value by providing an alternative perspective on the scheme and ensures that the RYA Powerboat Instructor course has been delivered to the standards required.  To successfully pass the assessment candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to the level of ‘CAN’ in all aspects of the Level 2 syllabus as described in the powerboat log book (G20)

For candidates taking their course with Mendez Marine the course price includes the pre-assessment. This is a 4 – 6 hour session to assess your current abilities with either a pass or action plan to allow entry to the Powerboat Instructors Course.

The assessment is generally run consecutively with the Instructor course.  However if you would like to take the pre-assessment a couple of weeks before the instructor course then please give us a ring.  Cost to be confirmed.

Alternatively if you just need the pre- assessment then you can book that at a cost of £125 on the same dates.

The Instructor course is 3 days.

For full details from the RYA website of the pre-requisites required to become a Powerboat Instructor click here.

If there are no dates in the calendar please contact the office.

The practical course is taught on our 5.5m Ribcraft rib, Kake and / or on our 7m Ribcraft rib, Swiss T.  The classroom element is taught in the Mendez Marine Office or in our Classroom at Deacons Marina, depending on numbers

Pre-course experience Candidates should have logged at least five seasons’ experience of powerboating, preferably in a range of boat types and sizes. For those who use powerboats as an integral part of their normal full-time occupation, this period is reduced to one season. 
Assumed knowledge Candidates will hold the RYA Powerboat Certificate (Level 2) – Ideally  commercially endorsed. VHF licence and a valid First Aid Certificate of a type approved by the RYA. Ideally you will have RYA Day Skipper Theory.
Instructors wishing to teach the Safety Boat course must hold that level of certificate themselves.
You must be a member of the RYA.   
Minimum duration 1 day assessment, 2 days instruction and assessment, 1 day moderation. 
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio 6:1
Course content Day 1: Assessment which can include:

  • Holding Station in tide
  • Picking up a mooring buoy
  • Coming alongside (upwind/up-tide, downwind/downtide etc.)
  • Turning using warps
  • Turning in a confined space
  • MOB recovery
  • High speed handling (trim, steering etc.)

Day 2,3 + 4: An intensive three days which is a mixture of continual assessment and instruction.

The course will consist of:
principles of practical instruction, lesson planning, teaching styles, use of questioning, preparation and use of visual aids, assessment of students’ learning, explanation and presentation of theory subjects, the structure of the scheme, planning progressive teaching sessions, preparation of boats and equipment and teaching methods to Powerboat Level 2 standard.

Material provided Powerboat Scheme (G20)
Recommended reading: Power Schemes Instructor book (G19)
Ability after the course To be able to Instruct Powerboating up to the standard of the RYA National Powerboat certificate (level 2) under the supervision of the Principal of an RYA Training Centre. Instructor certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue, provided that a valid first aid certificate is maintained.

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