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The RYA Powerboat scheme is a progressive programme of training courses which caters for a range of qualifications from the complete novice up to and including the professional seafarer. We offer the full range of courses together with RYA powerboat instructor training. Practical courses are supported by a range of accompanying theory and other specialist short courses.

Why us...We offer direct access to the Bristol Channel, ample free parking and are just 10 minutes from Junction 19 of the M5.
We offer multiple discount offers on all of our courses when booking more than one person on a course.

The RYA Powerboat Scheme


Compass Sea School Ltd
The South West's Premier Powerboat and Shorebased Training Centre, Portishead Marina, Bristol, BS20 7AN
Telephone: 01275 390524 Mobile: 07788 185382
email: enquiries@compass-seaschool.co.uk
A 1 day course offering an introduction to boating techniques, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. Essential crewing skills, ideal for kids (minimum age 8 yrs) and the development of competent crew.

An introduction to Powerboating
This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.
This 2 day intermediate course covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques. Ideal for those with a Level 2 looking to go further afield and to get to grips with your onboard electronics and navigation techniques.

Ideally you will already have navigation to Day Skipper standard.

This 2 day course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night. Builds on the practical skills of the Intermediate course and requires navigation theory to Coastal Skipper / RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course
Designed in conjunction with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) this 2 day course is intended to build upon a candidate's basic powerboating knowledge and skills.Emphasis on learning important skills in pilotage, both day and night, passenger carriage and management.
The RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat exam is a practical test of skippering ability by day and night. This is an MCA exam for those operating in the commercial environment.
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Wanting to become an instructor? We offer the RYA Powerboat Instructor and Advanced Instructor courses. Instructors are competent powerboats who have been boating for at least 5 seasons and possess the skills, knowledge, ability and personality to inspire
others on the water.
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If you already hold your RYA Powerboat Level 2 (or higher) and are looking to build mileage, gain sea time and get more experience at the helm of one of our Powerboats.
We actively encourage students to get involved with the passage planning for
each trip and operate the on board electronic chart plotters and equipment in
addition to helming the boat.
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