Assessment is continuous over the first two days with a passage required to be undertaken in the dark as part of the course. The instructor will brief students on advanced navigational techniques with students having the opportunity to demonstrate they can 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.
During the morning of the exam day instruction can be tailored to needs of the candidate and may include practical or theory input. With exam starting in the afternoon we anticipate polishing the edges rather than teaching new topics. Candidates may just want to revise or practice on their own using Centre RIBs. The RIB hire and fuel for the exam in included in this cost. We also arrange the examiner.
Note cost does not include the RYA exam fee (£189) which is paid directly to the RYA.
Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat certificate with a through knowledge of the navigation and chart work to the level of Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate.
Minimum Sea Time Requirements
2 years' relevant experience including night pilotage. As a guide 30 days, 2 as Day Skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. If you complete the RYA Advanced Powerboat course certificate the sea time is reduced to 20 days, 2 as Day Skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.
MCA Commercial Endorsement
On successful completion of the exam candidates can apply for the commercial endorsement of their Advanced Powerboat certificate qualifying them to work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Candidates will require a Sea Survival certificate and a completed medical certificate (ML5) to commercially endorse their certificate of competence. Please note, the Commercial Endorsement fee is payable to the RYA is extra. There may also be costs involved with a medical examination.Equipment and Kit Information
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.×
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.×