RYA / MCA Advanced Powerboat Exam

Pre-requisite Qualifications and Experience
Navigation Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with navigation and chartwork to the level of Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.From September 2013 the pre exam requirement for the Advanced Powerboat Examination will change from  RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Certificate to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory Certificate. 
Radio Operators Qualification A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate
First Aid A valid first aid certificate*. First aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are also acceptable.
Seatime 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. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Course Duration 2 afternoons and evenings – course includes at least 1 night passages
Examination on 3rd afternoon and evening
Examination Duration 1 candidate: 4 to 5 hours 2 candidates: 5 to 6 hours 3 candidates: 6 to 7 hours. No more than three candidates can be examined in one session.
Minimum age 17
Course Price £350 includes use of vessel for the examination
Examination Price £177 payable to the Examiner (2016 RYA Prices)
Course Dates By arrangement.
How to book Call us on (01656) 880033 or email us via the Contact Us page to book your course.

To have the Advanced certificate commercially endorsed, the candidate must also hold a sea survival certificate and undergo a medical examination (ML5).

Having completed the Advanced Course candidates may want to take the RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence. This exam is intended for advanced drivers who wish to work commercially with open powerboats. It is broadly equivalent to the Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence Exam but for smaller boats.

To give a candidate the best chance of passing OneOcean Sea School offer an intensive three day preparation and exam. This will include two night exercises with our Instructor and a third one the following night with an examiner.

As guidance the RYA recommends that candidates would usually have the following experience gained over two years

  • 30 days on board, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours

For holders of the two day Advanced Course Completion Certificate this sea time is reduced to 20 days and 400 miles.

COURSE CONTENT: During the exam candidates will be tested on their night pilotage and navigation skills as well as advanced boat handling and theory. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate that they are competent skippers. The two days preparation will largely be spent on planning and carrying out the night exercises, although some time will be spent practising the other skills.

In addition to the preparation we provide the boat, fuel and life jackets for your exam as well as arrange your examiner for you.

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