RYA Advanced Powerboat Course - £375

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.
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Boatability Advanced Powerboat Course

The Aim of the RYA Powerboat Advanced Training 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.
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Course Duration:

A maximum of 2 days with a 1 Night Navigation Exercise carried out on day one of the course 

Course Cost:

The RYA Powerboat Advanced Training course is £375 per person - Unlike some we will still run the course with only one student, hence we do not offer silly prices. 

Minimum Age:

17 Years 


Advanced Certificate 
Advanced Commercial Endorsement (Can only be applied for separately on successful completion of the Advanced Course!) 
ICC Power over 10m (Can be applied for separately if commercially endorsed) 
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.
The RYA do not permit 3 day courses for the advanced course, so anyone offering a days training prior to the course is not vaild.
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Please Note:

  • 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 independently 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; which 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 Topics Practical

Preparation for Sea:

  • Prepare the boat 
  • Carry out relevant engine checks 
  • Ensure equipment/gear is stowed and secure 


  • 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 

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 required 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 way-points, routes, XTE, SOG, COG, BTW and DTW 

Course Topics - Theory

Intermediate Powerboat training


  • 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 forecasts 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 belts 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 positions by night 

What to Expect on the Boatability Advanced Powerboat Course 


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