RYA Advanced Powerboat Course £299 In Southmpton

Our fully inclusive RYA Advanced Powerboat Course costs just £299 per person for this 2 day course and runs from our Southampton base. We always include everything you need to complete this course except lunch. The course is run over 2 full days but the first day is extended into the night to allow for several hours of night work, effectively meaning 2 1/2 days are packed into 2 days.

For this advanced powerboat course we use our larger boats, either our Ribcraft 7.2 rib powered by a Mercury 200hp petrol outboard or our 8.4m Redbay Stormforce rib powered by a 275hp Yamaha inboard. Both are designed for those "days when you have to go to sea". Both are MCA coded cat 3R and are part of the large fleet of ribs working in the Solent and are moored in Saxon Wharf in Southampton.

The RYA Powerboat Advanced course is the pinnacle of the RYA Powerboat scheme and usually requires students to have been powerboating for several seasons. We are always happy to advise you, so do call.


RYA Powerboat Advanced Course Content

Day 1

Classroom Catch Up. With our course limited to just 3 students we have time to  assess your theory knowledge levels. Your instructor will fill any gaps in the essential theory knowledge needed to complete the course. This initial period in the classroom helps with refreshing existing skills and whilst also learning new theory.

Practical Warm Up. You may not be familiar with larger ribs, so we use the next hour or so to run through a few favourites including:- Initial boat checks and startup, marina skills, man over board and picking up a mooring.

Advanced Practical Navigation. We introduce several new techniques including compass back bearings, transits and following a depth contour.

Introduction To Night Navigation. Understanding buoyage and light characteristics is the key to safe passage planning at night. Time in our classroom creating safe plans and bringing in the earlier practical navigation skills ensures the correct preparation prior to our night run. We run our passage plan and use advanced navigation to find various marks within the Solent.

Day 2

Classroom Debrief. Filling in gaps and checking over the night runs pros and cons comes first on day 2. Then an informative session including:- understanding twin engine installations, diesel/petrol engines, propeller setup, rough weather handling, meteorology, tidal streams, search patterns, spiders webs and GPS navigation including XTE.

Practical Session. So lets use all of the above to run a longer passage in some rougher water with a shallow water pilotage just for fun, maybe Ashlett Creek, see picture above.

So a summary of whats included in our advanced course:-

RYA advanced powerboat instructor

Large rib training boat including all fuel used

Waterproof gear and lifejacket

Classroom with charts, books, tea & coffee

RYA advanced certificate on successful completion of the course.


Previous Experience Required For the RYA Advanced Powerboat Course 

Required :-

Your boat handling skills should be to RYA Intermediate Powerboat level or above. Your theory & navigational knowledge should be to the level of RYA Yachtmaster theory. We run several preparation days for advanced course students to ensure their theory is up to scratch.


Recommended :-

First Aid certificate equal to RYA First Aid

RYA SRC/VHF Radio Licence.



For those wishing to move into commercial work at sea then the next logical step is to take the RYA Powerboat Advanced Certificate of Competency Exam which is needed to add a commercial endorsement to your advanced ticket allowing you to helm a craft with paying passengers, such as for rib charters. We run a preparation course for this exam.

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