RYA Powerboat Courses

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.

Instructor Training

RYA Powerboat and PWC (Jet Ski) Instructors are in demand within the Superyacht industry and back home in Cape Town. The Super Yachts have a range of watersports toys for the guests. The PWCs (Jet Skis) drivers need a license in many parts of the world. Get ahead of the game with an instructor qualification you can train the yacht guests. If you have a couple of year’s experience and think you would like to get involved in instructing give us a call.

We can offer the full range of RYA courses, The Chief Instructor (Peter Daly) is the only Powerboat and Personal Watercraft Trainer in Africa. His 30 plus years of teaching and yachting/boating gives the center excellent leadership, offering clients the best training available.

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 VHF/SRC Radio Operators License


The RYA/MCA Short Range Training course/exam and the certificate are the qualifications wanted by International Captains on Yachts. The crew needs to be able to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Equipment on Commercial vessels fitted with an SRC radio. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment using International channels. All new VHF sets are either fitted or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels.

Almost all crew will need to use the VHF radios, on the Yacht, tenders, support vessels, and PWCs. This is a must have for Superyacht crew. The course is split into pre-course reading, followed by a one-day practical course and separate exam by a RYA appointed examiner. The Examiner cannot be your trainer.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call. This course will teach you the basics of operating and understanding a VHF radio on board a yacht.

If you own a marine radio handheld or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operators license – learn the procedures for operation and gain the qualification on this one day course. You will need to do at least 3 hours course reading which is moderated prior to the course.

Course Content:

  • The basics of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency, and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquirey form on the right or give us a call.

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.


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.

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.

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


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 Intermediate Powerboat

This course bridges the gap between Powerboat Level 2 and the Advanced Powerboat courses. More time is given to pilotage, navigation, fuel and engine checks as well as the effect of waves and rougher conditions. The use of power trims, trim tabs, and berthing in different conditions are also included. GPS, Depth sounders are explained and used.

Entry requirements: Level 2 or equivalent experience, Navigation to Day skipper standard.

Minimum age: 16

Course duration: 2 days – 09:00 to 17:00

Dates: We train 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. We have courses running every month and can fit into your needs.

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.

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.


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


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.


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

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

This 3-day course trains you in the various techniques and teaching methods required to instruct the RYA Level 1 and 2 syllabi. You will plan and run a number of classroom and practical sessions under the supervision of an experienced RYA Powerboat Trainer.

Entry requirements:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 (Advanced and/or Safety boat recommended),
  • First Aid
  • VHF recommended
  • A good all round boat handling ability and good theoretical knowledge.
  • Pre-assessment, a RYA trainer will see if you are up to standard before attending the course.

Minimum age: 16

Course duration: 3 days

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.

RYA Advanced Instructor

The Advanced course is for the skilled helmsman looking to learn and consolidate his abilities. This could be for personal development or needed to work commercially. The Advanced Instructor is a combination of highly skilled helmsman and a very experienced powerboat instructor.

The course develops these skills and fine tunes the delivery to make the instructor a knowledgeable instructor. Successful completion of this course enables existing instructors to teach the Intermediate and Advanced courses.

Entry requirements:

  • RYA Powerboat Instructor with 100+ teaching hours
  • Intermediate course
  • Advanced Powerboat course
  • Yachtmaster coastal Theory
  • First Aid
  • VHF licence
  • Advanced Exam C of C. Not required if hold Yachtmaster Power C of C.

Minimum age: 18

Course duration: 2 days, day and night training.

Dates: We train 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. We have courses running every month and can fit in to your needs.

We will be pleased to advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.