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Powerboat Tuition: Advanced Level

This course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips and night time journeys.

It includes navigation by day and night, weather and other aspects of skippering a 'planing' powerboat 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 level of Yachtmaster shorebased course.

Students taking the Advanced course must hold a VHF/SRC operators certificate and a first aid certificate. All candidates are required to hold a first aid certificate. Acceptable certificates include the RYA's First Aid Certificate, First Aid at Work, First Aid at Sea or any other certificate issued on completion of a course which is a minimum of one day's duration, recognised by the Health and Safety Executive and includes the treatment of hypothermia, cold shock and drowning.

The course is to be undertaken in a 'fast' planing boat and if run in our own ribs we will normally give the opportunity of experiencing both the outboard and inboard engined ribs. Particular emphasis is given to operating any craft safely with a good knowledge and understanding of all IRPCS, understanding the lights on ships, buoys, etc. using appropriate channels on the VHF to understand vessel movements, undertaking a navigational exercise by both day and night using the electronic navigational aids provided on our ribs and conventional charts. Upon completion of the course a student will have the knowledge necessary to visit both known and unknown ports by both day and night understanding their capabilities of skippering a powerboat in different sea conditions and be confident of making decisions should a problem arise and deal with them appropriately and safely.

Upon the satisfactory completion of the Advanced course and with experience and hour building will give students the opportunity of taking the Advanced exam.

Assumed knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with navigation and chartwork to the level of Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate.
Minimum duration: 2 days including a night navigation exercise.
Minimum age: 17.
Course content:

Preparation for sea, boat handling, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, use of engines, emergency situations, night cruising both out on the Solent and entering a less familiar ports.

Ability after the course: Able to plan and execute coastal trips both at day and night.
Student to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 / 3:1


Course Prices
Per person: £350.00
Own boat tuition (inc 1 student)
extra students - fee per person
£ 475.00
Individual tuition: £ 650.00
prices include certificate and are inclusive of VAT at 20%. Additional RYA course books may be purchased.