RYA Powerboat Advanced

A course for leisure and commercial boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night.


£399 including everything

2 Days 09.30 till 17.30 plus one evening

Ratio: Max 3 persons

Difficulty: Advanced

The advanced course includes planing night navigation and is the pinnacle of the RYA Powerboat scheme. Delivered in Torbay, South Devon this offers a fantastic setting for an exciting and highly rewarding course.

The course assumes you can handle a powerboat very well.  To undertake this course you must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shore-based course.  (We do not require a course completion certificate for this – just your knowledge at the required level).

Course includes use of our RibQuest RIB which is based in Torquay Marina. Fuel and certificate are included.

Our dedicated classroom is the perfect setting for the theory elements of the course with an array of teaching aids.

We limit our numbers on the course to ensure you have plenty of time on the helm with an experienced RYA instructor to guide you through. Ratio is 3 to 1.

We recommend calling us to discuss your experience before booking.

  • Preparation for sea
  • Boat handling
  • Passage making and responsibility as a skipper
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Use of engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Night cruising

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age for the advanced course is 17 years old.

How long is the licence valid?

Your licence will be registered with the RYA so the is always a record, there is no revalidation required.

Can I hire a boat using the licence?

Yes, but in Europe you are best gaining the International Certificate of Competence(ICC), this is just a paperwork exercise as you gain the ICC with yourRYA certification.

What type of boats can I drive?

You will be able to plan and execute coastal trips and return to a familiar port by night.

  • Passport Photo for the licence
  • Lunch money or packed lunch, there are plenty of local places to get a bite
  • Small bag with extra layers, there is storage on the boat
  • Non slip or trainer style shoe
  • Waterproofs/ warm clothes/ dry suits
  • Sun block and hat for those sunny days

Students taking the Advanced Powerboat CoC Exam need to hold a VHF/SRC operators certificate and a valid first aid certificate, and have 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage.

Once you complete this RYA Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate, the seatime required as a guide is: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam. You are strongly advised to complete the Yachtmaster theory too.

Once successfully passed, the CoC can then be commercially endorsed with Sea Survival, PPR and a ML5 or ENG1 Medical.

The RYA exam fee is payable directly to the RYA, the exam will take place the day following the course and will take in some day/night time driving and include passage planning.

The Perfect Place for Training

We are based in Torquay Marina and have training and changing facilities on site.  Torbay offers sheltered waters but also challenging places to practice basic navigation and tides. We can always find somewhere to complete the course – even in the most difficult of weathers.

  • Visit Paignton Harbour
  • Anchoring in lovely bays like Babbacombe
  • Learn whilst exploring the whole of Torbay
  • South Devon makes for an incredible setting for any RYA courses.


Give us a call to discuss upcoming courses and dates if none are available below.


star rating  Absolute amazing experience worth every penny, crew were so friendly and made it really enjoyable.
Could do it all over again

August 19, 2022

star rating  My husband and I bought a boat this summer, and although we had used it a few times, we were grateful for the tuition and confidence that our trainer, Seb,... read more

October 5, 2020

star rating  Wow! What a thrill. A truly exhilarating, exciting, and memorable experience. I will definitely be back again for more. We're already planning a team day out for everyone at work... read more

October 11, 2022