RYA Powerboat Course

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The RYA powerboat level 2 course is the most sought after certificate in the RYA range of courses.

RYA / MCA Powerboat Courses and Certification

The RYA Powerboat Certificates of Competence are used all over the world by skippers working around harbours and offshore. International commercial (RYA/MCA) and recreational ICC certificates available. We are the leading skipper training academy in Cape Town South Africa. Our courses cover local training, exams for South Africa and specialist courses for people boating abroad.

RYA Powerboat Training Courses

This includes Superyacht crew, Yachtmaster, Stewardesses, Fishing/Dive charters, and Harbour Masters. The advanced commercial qualifications allow skippers to work on 24-meter powerboats up to 20 miles off shore during the day and night. This is equivalent to the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Motor Cruising Certificate. All these courses and exams are supported by the MCA. Other courses compliment these key qualifications.

Anyone joining the Superyacht industry will be pleased to hear that the new RYA Tender Operators course is now available with us. See the information below.

Click on the course title below to see details of the courses you are interested in. Once you find the information you are looking for please drop us an email with your details and any questions you may have.

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate

Our RYA Powerboat Level 2 course offers a thorough introduction to powerboat handling. It is often used as the prerequisite for attending other courses and is the perfect introduction to power-boating for anyone wanting to attend a practical informative 2 day training course. It can also provide valuable experience for anyone looking to gain the SAMSA under 9m skippers license.

The Yacht industry widely accepts this certificate as a starting point for their crew. However the bench mark is moving and for crew wishing to drive the full range of tenders a yacht offers will need to have some practical experience and have other courses such as the Tender Operator or Advanced powerboat course and for those with a seasons experience the Advance Exam and commercial endorsement.

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Topics covered include:

  • Launching and recovery
  • Confined space maneuvering
  • Mooring
  • Man over board procedure
  • Anchoring
  • Towing
  • Engine checks
  • High speed handling
  • Collision regulations
  • Buoyage
  • Basic chart work and navigation
  • Tides
  • Communication afloat
  • Emergency procedures

Your level 2 certificate can also have the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for vessels up to 10 m / 33ft. We also offer the CEVNI (European inland waterways theory) test. The ICC is only available to people aged 16 years+, British and SA nationals and others can apply for this. Please contact us to confirm eligibility.

SAMSA training and exams can also be linked into the course. This allows you to enjoy power-boating in South Africa and with the RYA certificates most of the pleasure boating world.

RYA Superyacht Tender Operators Course

RYA Superyacht Tender Operators Course

The Yacht Captains and the Professional Yacht Association (PYA) along with the RYA recognised the need for more skilled and knowledgeable tender skippers. This course is for the Superyacht deck crew and stewardesses wishing to drive the yachts tenders. It will be a perfect stepping stone to the Advanced Powerboat course and exam.

Aim:
To teach tender driving up to the required standard to carry passengers and other crew members to and from the superyacht by day and night.

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This course is designed to build on a candidate’s basic knowledge of power-boating and candidates should gain confidence in their own competence. They will have plenty of time for practice of techniques in working with a crew member and short-handed. It is important that candidates understand the emphasis of the course is ship to shore transfers, and associated skills rather than coastal cruising.

Candidates should gain an appreciation of their role as tender skipper and their responsibilities in addition to helming skillfully.

Topics covered include:

  • Launching and recovery, Yacht davits
  • Confined space maneuvering
  • Mooring, beach landings
  • Skipper responsibilities
  • Guest and crew management
  • Guest safety and care
  • Man over board practice day and night
  • Anchoring
  • Engine checks
  • High speed handling
  • Collision regulations
  • Buoyage
  • GPS Plotter and depth equipment
  • Communication afloat
  • Local rules and regulations
  • Emergency procedures

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Entry requirements: Must hold the RYA Powerboat Level 2 with coastal endorsement. It is recommended that candidates hold a valid First Aid Certificate and the RYA VHF/SRC certificate.

Please email us for more information

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

This course covers boat handling, seamanship, day & night pilotage and coastal navigation up to the standards required to drive a powerboat safely by day and night in tidal coastal waters.

This course in conjunction with the exam and commercial endorsement is used all over the world for boat skippers working anything up to 20 miles off shore. This could include Super Yacht tenders, chase boats, fishing and dive charters, Police, rescue, oil rigs, harbour masters and others looking for MCA endorsed certificate of competence.

Typical overview of Advanced course

  • 1100 Arrive Sail and Power SA classroom and check in, Welcome and issue of life jackets etc.
  • Classroom session including a planning for a day and night passage in coastal waters
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 Launch RIB if it is not already in the water. Instructor’s safety briefing and familiarisation, Complete safety checks including daily and periodic checks on both petrol and diesel engines, how to bleed the fuel system and how to change a propeller
  • 1400 Depart for a short day passage taking into account navigational hazards, using transits clearing lines as well as electronic navigational equipment. Carry out a harbour entry using pilotage skills
  • 1600 Return run demonstrating the correct use of trim and discussing action to be taken in rougher weather conditions
  • 1630 Recap the Man Overboard procedure. All students to practice MOB and discuss recovery in all conditions
  • 1700 Return to base. Dinner ashore followed by a classroom session on emergency situations including fire prevention and firefighting, hull damage, towing and being towed, flares and helicopter rescue
  • 1800 Depart for a pre-planned night passage and harbour entry demonstrating keeping a proper lookout. The night exercise will also include identifying lit and unlit navigational marks
  • 2100 Return, depending on Sunset times.

Second Day

  • 0900 Classroom session covering sources of weather forecast information, the Beaufort scale and the interpretation of synoptic charts. Navigation at higher speed using time / distance will also be discussed. Safety and search patterns.
  • 1100 Close quarters handling including all berthing and situations in various conditions of wind and tide. Advanced boat handling skills in confined spaces will also be covered considering the differences for twin engine vessels, various hull forms and propeller configurations
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1400 More boat handling focusing on picking up and departing from a mooring buoy and anchoring in various conditions
  • 1530 Arrive back at base. Clean up and recovery of RIB

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need.

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RYA Advanced Powerboat Exam for Certificate of Competence

This Exam is required for persons looking to gain a commercial endorsement and for Powerboat instructors looking to become Advanced Instructors. The exam is not required for anyone holding the Yachtmaster Power C of C.

Entry requirements:

  • Knowledge of navigation and chart work to Coastal skipper level (for an extra fee we can provide navigation tuition prior to the course)
  • RYA VHF radio licence
  • First Aid at Sea Certificate (STCW)
  • Logged Sea Time, 30 days, 2 as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours.
  • Logged Sea Time if you hold the Advanced course certificate, 20 days, 2 as skipper, 400 logged miles and 12 night hours (in addition to the sea time on the course)

Minimum age: 17

Exam duration: 3 to 8 hours depending on numbers, maximum 3 students, Exam will include night driving and navigation.

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need.

RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Commercial Endorsement

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Commercial Endorsement: Required if you wish to drive an MCA coded boat up to 24m in length / 80 gross tons to Category 3 (20 miles from a safe haven, day and night).

You will need:

  • Medical (ENG 1 available from approved marine Doctors)
  • Sea survival certificate (STCW)
  • Certificate for RYA online course (Professional Practices and Responsibilities)
  • Advanced Powerboat Exam Certificate

This is not a course, once you have all the certificates they are sent to the RYA for your endorsement.

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We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need.

Keira Giles
Keira Giles
6 March 2024
Thank you Sail and Power for the most incredible experience! Thoroughly enjoyed all my courses with you guys and would 100% recommend you to anyone interested in doing their RYA courses. Learnt so much and would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Aleks Kolev
Aleks Kolev
4 October 2023
Really enjoyed doing my Jetski instructors with Pete, he is very knowledgeable and approachable helping to answer any questions you have to do with any form of boating. I would recommend Sail and Power to any new or experienced boaters looking to bolster their skills!
Divan Flemming
Divan Flemming
29 September 2023
Amazing experience… well organised and very informative.
william fraser
william fraser
18 August 2023
Geraldo made the training and experience memorable. He is super talented in his field.
Dorianne Retalic
Dorianne Retalic
16 August 2023
Dear Sail & Power (Green Point) Team, I am writing to extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the exceptional experience that my nephew, Jason Deysel, had with Sail & Power As his Aunt, I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunities you provided and the positive impact you have had on his life. First and foremost, I want to thank Sail & Power and all the staff and lecturers involved in Jason's courses. Your commitment to his growth and development has been exemplary, and your dedication to his success has not gone unnoticed. The knowledge and skills he acquired during his time with Sail & Power have been invaluable. I would like to extend a special thank you to Natalie, who showed remarkable compassion, understanding, and care towards Jason. I am deeply grateful for her realization that it wasn't just about him passing the courses, but also about preparing him for the challenges of the real world. These small yet crucial elements are often overlooked, and it warms my heart to know that Jason had someone like Natalie to guide him through his journey. Furthermore, I must mention Don, whose mentorship left a lasting impression on Jason. Don's guidance and support have had a significant impact on his personal and professional growth. I am eagerly looking forward to hearing all about Jason's experiences when he returns home. However, my most profound appreciation goes to Geraldo. From the very beginning, when I shared my idea and aspirations for Jason, he was on board with unwavering support. The long conversations we had over the phone were invaluable, and I cannot thank him enough for understanding my deep desire to help Jason succeed. Geraldo's guidance and advice on the courses Jason needed to take were instrumental in shaping his path. Despite my occasional moments of panic, Geraldo patiently listened to my concerns and provided much-needed reassurance. Sail & Power has truly been a beacon of hope and opportunity for Jason, and I am grateful for the transformation that has taken place in him. The personal growth and confidence he has gained are immeasurable, and it is all thanks to the exceptional team at Sail & Power. Once again, please accept my heartfelt thanks for everything you have done for Jason. Your organization has played a crucial role in shaping his future, and I am forever grateful for the positive impact you have had on his life. I hope that in the future, other individuals like Jason will have the privilege of benefiting from the same extraordinary experiences at Sail & Power. With warmest regards and deepest gratitude, Dorianne Retalic (Jason's Aunt)
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13marle13 E
1 August 2023
Day skipper was absolutely amazing!! Definitely recommend them as you learn quite alot in the few days that the course is presented!!
Tom Pannett
Tom Pannett
8 June 2023
Highly recommend these guys! Very professional and accommodating. A big thank you to Pete who ran through the course and exam with me, very knowledgable and helpful throughout!

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