RYA Powerboat Training Centre

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RYA Advanced Powerboating

AIM: To teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation up to the standards required to drive a planing powerboat safely by day and night in tidal, coastal waters.
DURATION: 2 days and part of 1 night

Assumed knowledge:

Candidates should be competent to the standard of National Powerboat Certificate Level 2 (coastal) with knowledge of navigation and chartwork to the level of the Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a First Aid Certificate and a VHF Operators Licence.

Areas covered:

Section A - Practical

Preparation for sea.

Preparation of powerboat, fuel and engine checks, stowing and securing gear.

Boat handling.

Characteristics of various hull forms and propeller configuration, knowledge of action to be taken in rough weather, understanding correct use of power trims and trim tabs, effects of tide/wind when manoeuvring including steering to transits, turning in tight confined spaces, berthing, picking up moorings etc.

Passage making.

Plans and pilotage for entry into or departure from harbour, use of leading and clearing lines, transits and sounding as an aid to pilotage, high speed navigation and GPS waypoint navigation.

Night cruising.

Powerboating at night, including entering and leaving harbour, special considerations for keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.

Section B - Shorebased


Sources of forecast information, interpretation of forecasts, terms used in shipping forecasts, including Beaufort Scale and their significance to small craft.

Rules of the road.


Use of engines.

Checks before and during running, how to bleed fuel system and change filters, transmission belts, changing propeller or sheer pin, emergency start cord.

Emergency situations.

Correct action to be taken in case of: fire, hull damage, medical emergency, VHF emergency, helicopter rescue, use of flares, man overboard and sector search.

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