This two day course covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques. It builds on the foundation knowledge of the Level 2 Powerboat handling course and is suited to those who aim to drive larger and more powerful powerboats. The maximum ratio of 3 people to one instructor ensures that you get plenty of 'hands on' time. During the course you will cover cruising at planning speed and more advanced boat handling. It is recommended for anyone moving on to the Advanced course.

Requirements and Outcomes

Assumed knowledge Boat handling to the standard of the Level 2 Powerboat Handling course with a coastal endorsement.  Knowledge to the level of Day Skipper theory is recommended. It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid certifciate and a VHF/SRC operators certificate.
Minimum duration 2 days.
Minimum age 16.
Course content Planning a day cruise, Boat preparation, Engine checks. Boat handling, Pilotage, Passage making, Man overboard.
Ability after the course Able to plan and execute short coastal passages by day.

Upcoming Courses

We can run this course on demand for a group of family or friends of up to 3 people (the maximum permissible ratio to run these RYA courses), and usually require a minimum of 2 people for the course to run (if you are the only person booked on the course then we may reschedule the course).

There are no courses currently scheduled. Please give us a call or email to enquire further.

Recommended Reading

There is no accompanying book that comes with this course, however here are links to some recommended reading. Click on the link to be taken to the RYA website to find out more and to purchase each one.

RYA Powerboat Handbook

This edition of the RYA Powerboat Handbook is a must if you are looking to progress to the intermediate levels of the RYA Powerboat Scheme. It has been updated with new information on electronic navigation and handling at speed, and will help you acquire the knowledge and confidence to get the most from your time on the water.

RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

This new 2nd edition of the RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook details the structure and content of all courses from beginner to advanced within the RYA Powerboat Scheme. There is also a logbook section which enables you to keep a record of your personal powerboating achievements plus information relating to all relevant shorebased courses.

An Introduction to Navigation

The book guides the reader through the basic steps of navigation so that they can learn to navigate successfully. It supports many of the RYA courses, including the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course.