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The RYA Powerboat scheme can be taught in a variety of small open powerboats such as RIBs, dories and sportsboats and is aimed at a variety of users from casual leisure boaters to professional small boat skippers. As an instructor you will therefore need to have experience in a variety of boats and situations. As well as the basic instructor course, you can also develop your skills through teaching the Safety Boat course, taking the Advanced Instructor course or, ulitimately, by becoming a Powerboat Trainer.

To become a Powerboat Instructor you should have logged at least five seasons' experience of powerboating, preferably in a range of boat types and sizes. For those who use powerboats as an integral part of their normal full-time occupation, this period is reduced to one season. You must also hold the RYA's Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate and a valid first aid certificate. Prior to the instructor training course, candidates must attend a skills assessment,

Existing powerboat instructors wishing to teach the Intermediate and Advanced Powerboat courses must hold the Advanced Powerboat course completion certificate, as well as one of the Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Completence, RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal (Power) Certificate of Competence, or RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore (Power) Certifcate of Competence, and attend a two-day Powerboat Advanced Instructor endorsement course.

RYA Powerboat Instructor Training


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
This is a 1/2 day assessment and mandatory requirement ahead of the Powerboat Instructors course. If possible undertake the assessment 2-3 weeks before the Instructor course. Should you be given an action plan from the skills assessment this gives you time to brush up on any highlighted areas.
The RYA Powerboat Instructors course is run over 3 days. 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.
As an Advanced Instructor you will tend to encounter infinitely more experienced boaters you therefore need to have comprehensive experience and knowledge. When you start the course you are already a PBI, so you should have the teaching part well under control.

The 2 day course aims to ensure that you are competent to teach each of the areas
on the syllabus and ensure that you have the capability and knowledge.

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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Supporting courses / exams for Powerboat and Advanced Powerboat instructors are shown below:
Instructors must possess the knowledge to be able to deliver theory sessions on navigation, tides, collision regulations etc. Powerboat instructors must possess a level of knowledge to that of Essential Navigation and Seamanship.

 Advanced Powerboat Instructors will possess higher standards of navigation
knowledge. Click here for more information of the range of courses.
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