RYA Powerboat Courses

Powerboat courses are aimed at smaller motorboats and RIBs, often under 10 metres. They offer essential training to become familiar with driving, mooring, navigation and boat safety. Plymouth Sailing School and Plymouth Powerboating have RYA Recognition for the following courses:

RYA Powerboat Level 2 – 2 days, cost £300
This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

RYA Tender Operator – 2 days, cost £350
Originally intended for operators responsible for ferrying passengers between Superyachts and the shore, this course is very useful for anyone operating a powerboat day or night with responsibility for carrying passengers.

RYA Intermediate Powerboat – 2 days, cost £350
A 2 day course covering the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques. During the two days you also cover more advanced boat handling. It is recommended for anyone considering moving on to the Advanced course.

RYA Advanced Powerboat course completion only – 2 days, cost £350
This course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips. It includes navigation by day and night, weather and other aspects of skippering a small boat on more challenging passages in coastal waters.
Anybody undertaking this course must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore shorebased course. Students taking the Advanced course must hold a VHF/SRC operators certificate and a first aid certificate.
Please note if you would like to work commercially this Advanced Powerboat Course completion certificate can not be commercially endorsed.

RYA Advanced Powerboat course including Certificate of Competency – 3 days, cost £500
This is the course completion 2 day course, and also incorporates a day of consolidation / exam prep before starting the Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence exam. Once successfully passed, the CoC can then be commercially endorsed.

Powerboat Instructor course –4 days, cost £550
Day 1 of our Powerboat Instructor course is the 1 day pre-skills assessment which is a perquisite along with a valid First Aid Certificate. The following 2 days of the Powerboat Instructor course looks at how to best teach the powerboat syllabus and  teaching technique. Candidates will be teaching parts of the syllabus under guidance.
The last day consists of the moderation of the course by a second trainer.  Candidates will continue the same pattern, but with another trainer to check consistency of the course and to give a second look at the individuals.
During the course candidates will be asked to present a short, classroom presentation on a topic that they have prepared. They’ll also be asked to run sessions afloat. The topics are from the powerboat logbook (G20) and are typical of those that a RYA Powerboat Instructor may be called upon to present.