Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of navigation and chartwork to the level of the Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate. First Aid and VHF certificates are required before a certificate can be issued.
This is a high level course that focuses on improving boat handling, the ability to navigate and undertake passages by night. Assessment is continuous over the two days with a passage required to be undertaken in the dark as pat of the course. The Instructor will brief students on advanced navigational techniques with students having the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the techniques during a night exercise. Other aspects from the syllabus include; boat handling, passage making and responsibility as skipper, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, emergency situations and night cruising.
Our powerboats serve two purposes at Cumbrae. Much of the time they are used as the safety vessels accompanying our on the water activities. At other times they are used for delivering the qualifications required to become active in safety duties, instruction or use of personal power crafts.
The 5m ribs are used for RYA courses such as powerboat level 2, safety boat and powerboat instructor. The larger 6m and 6.8m can used for advanced powerboat course with and without commercial endorsements and advanced powerboat instructor.
Often people bring their own waterproof clothing for this course. If you do not have your own set of waterproofs the Centre can provide. We provide buoyancy aids and at times it may be required to be prepared to go into the water and the Centre will provide wetsuits, wetsuit boots. In addition, we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks, suitable footwear and helmsman gloves. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel too.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
Main timings of our day are:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.
If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×