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RYA Power Boat Advanced

2 days: £365.00

This is a 2 day course that builds on knowledge from the intermediate course and introduces powerboat skippers to navigation at night and in more challenging weather and water conditions.

Suggested Previous Experience

You should hold RYA Powerboat Intermediate certificate and theory knowledge of RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster level. It is also recommended that students hold a VHF operators licence.

Course Content

Preparation for sea, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road and night cruising.


RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate which allows the holder to apply for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) at the appropriate level with the RYA. Please download the ICC Form or click here for further details.





Direct Assessment & Commercial Endorsement

If you require a commercially endorsed Advanced Certificate you will need to take an RYA/MCA practical exam. The RYA Advanced Powerboat Examination is a practical test of boat handling and pilotage. It includes oral and written tests on passage planning, chart works, tides, collision regulations, weather and safety and some of the test must be taken at night.

Pre-exam requirements if you hold the advanced powerboat course certificate include:

  • 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles and 12 night hours
  • Two years' relevant experience including night pilotage
  • VHF Operators licence

Without Advanced Powerboat Certificate you require at least:

  • 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles and 12 night hours

Extra requirements for commercial endorsement:

  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Sea Survival
  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities Certificate
  • Medical report either ML5 or ENG1

If you require a Power Advanced exam please call the office to arrange.  



Preparation for sea

- Prepare the powerboat
- Carry out fuel and engine checks
- Stow and secure gear

Boat Handling

Knowledge of:
- Differences for a twin-engine vessel

- Characteristics of various hull forms and propeller configurations
- Action to be taken in rough weather

- Demonstrate a practical understanding and correct use of power trim and trim tabs
- Demonstrate an awareness of the effects of wind and tide when manoeuvring, including: Steering to transits and in buoyed channels, Turning in a confined space, berthing in various conditions of wind and tide, Picking up and leaving a mooring buoy.
- Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times.

Passage making and responsibility as skipper

- The importance of pre-trip planning
- Planning and making coastal passages, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards, the type of boat and the strengths of the crew
- Chart plotters and radar, their advantages and limitations

- Organise the navigation, safety and welfare of the crew during a powerboat passage
- Navigate at higher speed using time/distance
- Use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints, routes and XTE, SOG, COG, BTW, DTW*


- Carry out pilotage plans and pilotage for entry into or departure from harbour
- Use leading and clearing lines, transits, back bearings and surroundings as aids to pilotage
- Use GPS and understand its limitations in pilotage
- Navigate using surroundings


Knowledge of:
- Terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft

- Sources of forecast information and interpretation of forecasts including synoptic charts
- The significance of meteorology trends
- Can interpret a Synoptic chart

Rules of the road

- Apply the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Use of engines

Knowledge of:
- How to change a propeller
- Propeller diameter and pitch
- Propeller ventilation and cavitation

- Checks to be made before starting, during running, and after stopping for diesel and petrol engines
- Periodic checks on engines and electrical system including spark plugs, water filters and pump impellers
- How to bleed the fuel system (diesel), change filters and pump impellers
- Transmission belts
- Spares to be carried

Emergency situations

- Correct actions to take in emergency situations
- Fire prevention and fighting
- Hull damage/watertight integrity
- What to do in a medical emergency
- Towing and being towed
- Helicopter rescue procedures
- Use of flares
- Search patterns

- Pick up a man overboard in all available conditions

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
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