The aim of the Advanced Powerboat Day and Night course is to teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation up to the standards required to drive a planing powerboat safely by day and night in coastal waters with which the candidate may be familiar.
Students should have a thorough knowledge of navigation and chart work to the level of Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory certificate and it is strongly recommended that you hold a First Aid certificate and a VHF operator’s licence.
The prerequisite is students should be at the RYA Intermediate Powerboat level of competence and be 17 years or more.
The areas covered in the course:
- • Preparation & Passage Planning
- • Meteorology
- • Safety and the Skipper’s responsibilities
- • Passage-making and responsibility as a Skipper
Boat handling and manoeuvres which include:
- • High speed boat handling
- • Pilotage by day and night
- • Emergency situations
- • Search patterns
- • Awareness of Chart Plotters and Radar.
Minimum age to attend is 17.
Maximum ratio of students to Instructor is 3:1.
Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence:
Qualifying Experience: At least 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage.
As a guide:
- - 30 days
- - 2 days as Skipper
- - 800 miles
- - 12 night hours (which can be reduced if an Advanced Powerboat course is attended).
Exam: Approximately 4-5 hours for 1 person including ashore/afloat and including night passage.