Power Courses

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Our powerboat training is currently delivered on an MCA coded 7.8m Ribcraft with a 200hp Suzuki four stroke outboard engine and an E-series Raymarine chart plotter.

We maintain a 3:1 student to instructor ratio which allows our experienced RYA instructors to tailor courses to the various levels and needs on board and deliver at a manageable pace.

All course costs include tea and coffee, waterproofs are available on request.


We can provide training for all of these courses on your boat, see out Own Boat Training page to find out more.

RYA Powerboat Level 1 - £250
This one day course is an introduction to powerboating includes boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. By the end of the course you will be able to drive a powerboat under supervision.


RYA  Powerboat Level 2 - £340
Providing the skills and background knowledge required of a competent powerboat driver, this is a beginner 2 day course . The course is split in half to cover theory and practical, where the theory is applied. subjects covered include low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. By the end of the course you will be a self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions and be aware of your own limitations and those of the craft.


RYA Tender Operator - £385
Designed in conjunction with the Professional Yahcting Association (PYA) this 2 day course builds upon existing basic powerboating knowledge and skills to allow you to gain confidence in your ability to manouevre a powerboat smoothly whilst completing tasks such as pilotage (by day and night), passenger carriage and management. This course is intended for operators responsible for ferrying passengers between superyachts and shore at day or night, operating short handed.


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 RYA Intermediate Powerboat - £340
This 2 day course builds upon the basic knowledge and skills covered in the Level 2 course and is aimed at those who want to drive larger and more powerful powerboats and is a good step to progressing onto the Advanced course. This course covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques, boat preperation, cruising at planing speed, advanced boat handlingand man overboard drills. By the end of the course you will be able to plan and execute short coastal passages by day.

It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid certificate and a VHF/SRC operator's certificate.


RYA Advanced Powerboat - £385
 A course for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night, this 2 day course, with at least one night navigation exercise, will provide you with an RYA Advanced Powerboat Course Completion certificate. Anyone undertaking this course must have practical skills of the Intermediate level and theory knowledge of at least Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster level. The course is split between theory and practical, with an emphasis on the application of theory knowledge to practical situations including preperation for sea, passage and pilotage making, skippering (meteorology, rules ofg the road)), navigation at planing speed, night cruising, and emergency situations.

The Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence can only be issued after an exam, usually taken immediately after the course. If you are looking to take this exam, please let us know and we will arrange an examiner for you. The cost of this exam is payable directly to the RYA. To take this exam your must meet the following pre-requisites:

  • 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage
  • As a guide; 30 days at sea, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours in the past 10 years
  • Hold a valid First Aid certificate
  • Hold a GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade marine radio certificate
  • Age 17 or over

For more information please see the RYA Advanced Powerboat Exam page.

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