RYA Advanced Powerboat

2 days

Age 18+

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.


Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of the navigation and chart work to the level of Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a First Aid certificate and a VHF operators certificate.

A passport photo will be required for the Advanced Certificate.

Recommended Reading

RYA Powerboat logbook

Equipment and Kit Information

RYA Advanced Powerboat - Kit Info

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. Buoyancy aids are also included. In addition, we would request you bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks, and suitable footwear. Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel too.

Daily Schedule

RYA Advanced Powerboat - Schedule

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:

Meals times

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.


Booking Options

1 Night full board accommodation included.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Dates also available on request.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
07 Mar 20 - 08 Mar 20 £390
18 Apr 20 - 19 Apr 20 £390
12 Sep 20 - 13 Sep 20 £390


Name Price Quantity
Accommodation Friday night £31