RYA ADVANCED POWERBOAT - DAY AND NIGHT 

Advanced powerboat Course 
 
The Aim of the Advanced Powerboat training course is to teach boat handling, seamanship, Pilotage, navigation up to the advanced standards required to drive a powerboat safely by day and by night, in tidal coastal waters with which the candidate can be familiar with. Candidates are recommended to be competent to that of the RYA Intermediate Course with a thorough knowledge of navigation and chart-work, which is recommended to be up to the level of the Yacht Master Shore-based Certificate or has similar experience.  
 
Notes: 
Under the RYA's guidelines the Advanced course can only be run over 2 days, it is not permitted to be a 3 or 4 day course! 
If you are training with the intention of taking the RYA Powerboat Advanced Assessment for commercial endorsement, then we can offer familiarisation training with the assessment area and the topics that will be covered by the assessor indpendently of the course. 
We strongly recommended that you do not jump straight into taking the commercial assessment on completion of the Advanced course in case any weak areas are highlighted during the training; this could be a waste of your money! 
To date all our students who have attended a commercial assessment have passed! 
We provide the boat(s), fuel, all safety equipment as well as warm waterproof clothing as part of our course, there are no hidden charges! 
There is free parking on site and we provide tea and coffee. This is not a residential course but there is plenty of accommodation nearby if required. 
 
Course Duration:  
A maximum of 2 days with a 1 Night Navigation Exercise carried out on day one of the course 
 
Prerequisites:  
It is strongly recommended that attendees hold a VHF/DSC Operators License & recognised First Aid Certificate and the RYA also recommend you are up to a level of Yachtmaster Theory prior to the course, although not essential. Obviously you are expected to be a competent boat handler. 
 
Minimum Age: 
17 Years 
 
Certification:  
Advanced Certificate 
Advanced Commerical Endorsement (Can only be applied for seperately on successful completion of the Advanced Course!) 
ICC Power over 10m (Applied for seperately if required) 
 
The ratio of students to the instructor must not exceed 3:1 for the advanced Powerboat Training Course, and will include the use of a planning boat. Students are strongly recommended to hold an in date first aid certificate and VHF operators certificate prior to attending the course. The course consists of 2 days and one night passage on day one. The RYA do not permit 3 day courses, so anyone offering a days training prior to the course is not allowed! 
 
Course Topics Practical 
Preparation for Sea: 
Prepare the boat 
Carry out relevant engine checks 
Ensure equipment/gear is stowed and secure 
 
Boat Handling: 
Has knowledge of the differences for a twin engine vessel 
Understands the importance of boat control in waves and adequate seating to minimise possible injury 
Understands the characteristics of various hull forms and propeller configurations 
Understands what action if to be taken in rough weather 
Can demonstrate a practical understanding and correct use of power trim and trim tabs (if fitted) 
Can demonstrate an awareness of the effects of wind and tide when manoeuvring including: 
Steering to transits and in buoyed channels 
Turning in a confined space 
Berthing in various conditions using the wind and tide 
Picking up and leaving a mooring buoy 
Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times 
Pick up a MOB in differing conditions 
Understands the importance of pre-trip planning 
Understands the Planning reqquired for making a coastal passage, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards, type of boat and the strengths and limitations of the crew 
Understands chart plotters and radar, their advantages and limitations 
Can organise the navigation, safety and welfare of the crew during a powerboat passage 
Can navigate at higher speed using a range of techniques, for example the 6 minute rule 
Can use electronic navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints, routes, XTE, SOG, COG, BTW and DTW 
 
Pilotage: 
Can carry out pilotage plans and pilotage for entry into or departure from harbour 
Can use leading and clearing lines, transits, back bearings and soundings as aids to pilotage 
Can use GPS and understand its limitations in pilotage 
Can Navigate using soundings  
 
Course Topics - Theory 
Meteorology: 
Understands the terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort Scale and the significance of it to a small craft 
Understands the sources of forecast information and interpretation of forecases including synoptic charts 
Understands the significance of meteorological trends 
Can interpret a synoptic chart 
Can use and interpret forecasts to make decisions about passages 
 
Rules of the Road (IRPCS): 
Can apply IRPCS at sea 
 
Use of Engines: 
Knows how to change a propeller 
Has knowledge of propeller diameter and pitch 
Has knowledge of Ventilation and Cavitation 
Understands the checks to be made before starting, during running and after stopping for diesel and petrol engines 
Understands the importance of periodic checks on engines and electrical systems including spark plugs, water filters and pump impellers, transmission belst and what spares we need to carry 
 
Emergency Situations - Students Understand: 
Correct action to take in emergency situations 
Fire prevention and fighting 
Hull damage and watertight integrity 
What to do in a medical emergency 
Towing or being towed 
Helicopter rescue procedures 
How to issue a distress by all available means 
Search Patterns 
The danger of cold shock and immersion hypothermia 
 
Night Cruising:  
Can take charge of a powerboat at night, including leaving and entering harbour 
Demonstrate the ability of keeping a proper look-out and identifying lit and unlit postions by night 
 
Advanced Powerboat Course Example Client List: Royal Navy, preferred supplier for Associated British Ports (ABP), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Surrey Fire & Rescue. 
 
For more information please visit our Commercial and Specialist training area. 
CALL 02392 346075 / 07985 089973 (up to 10:30pm) 
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