RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & RYA Exam

1 day

Age 17+

No syllabus at this Advanced level but we provide one of our Instructors for the morning to help exam candidates prepare for their Advanced Powerboat exam. Tuition during the morning 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 or introducing boat skills from scratch. Candidates may just want to revise or practice on their own using the RIB. The RIB hire (and fuel) for the exam is included in this cost. We also arrange an examiner. Note this does not include the RYA Exam fee.

Minimum Sea Time Requirement

2 years’ relevant experience including night pilotage. As a guide 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. If you hold an RYA Advanced Powerboat course completion certificate the seatime is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.


A passport photo, copy of your VHF/SRC operator’s licence, RYA First Aid certificate or another acceptable first aid certificate as detailed on the RYA Website.

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 payable to the RYA is extra. There may also be costs involved with a medical examination.

We can also arrange examinations outwith these published dates.

Recommended Reading

RYA Powerboat logbook

Equipment and Kit Information

RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & RYA Exam - 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/MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & RYA Exam - 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

Other dates available on request. Cost £199 + RYA exam fee

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
14 Sep 20 £199


Name Price Quantity
Need more Accommodation? B&B £31