RYA Powerboat Courses

Plymouth Sailing School and Plymouth Powerboating is part of the SeaRegs Training group and holds the RYA recognition for Powerboat courses. Training is aimed at smaller motorboats and RIBs, often under 10 metres. They offer essential training to become familiar with driving, mooring, navigation and boat safety.

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.

Course fee includes lunch, certificate and RYA Start Powerboating book.

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.

Course fee includes lunch and certificate.

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.

Course fee includes lunch and certificate.

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.
It is a strong recommendation that you hold a valid First Aid and VHF SRC licence.
Please note if you would like to work commercially this Advanced Powerboat Course completion certificate can not be commercially endorsed.

Course fee includes lunch and certificate. 

RYA Advanced Powerboat course including Certificate of Competency – 3 days, cost £500 (plus RYA exam fee)
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. 
Students taking the Advanced Powerboat CoC Exam need to hold a VHF/SRC operators certificate and a valid first aid certificate, and have 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage. As a guide, 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. If you hold an RYA Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate the seatime is reduced to: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Once successfully passed, the CoC can then be commercially endorsed.

Course fee includes lunch and course completion certificate but not the exam fee.

Powerboat Instructor courses
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RYA Honda Youth RIB Championship

If you’re interested in kids driving RIBS, this is a great scheme. Click here for more information.


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