Advanced Powerboat Instructor (APBI) Course

An Advanced Instructor can teach the Advanced Powerboat and Intermediate Powerboat courses and run own boat training away from the centre’s base

This is a two day course run by an RYA Advanced Powerboat Trainer.

Our RIB “Endeavour” is fully coded and fitted with a state of the art Raymarine Chart plotter and Quantam 2 Doppler Radar.

The course content includes how to train and coach the following aspects:

  • Practical boat handling in a variety of situations
  • Daytime navigation, theory and practical
  • Navigating in darkness, theory and practical
  • Lesson and programme planning
  • Meteorology
  • Collision regulations, theory and practical application
  • Use of engines – including twin engine installations
  • Emergency situations -including search patterns and helicopter rescue
  • Boat and crew ‘management’ both day and night
  • Effective delivery of all aspects of the RYA Advanced Powerboat course

During the course the trainer will be looking for the following to be demonstrated by the candidate:

  • A well-developed awareness of safety in all aspects of powerboating
  • A thorough knowledge of the activity
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to design stimulating and challenging exercises for potential students
  • Being ‘in-charge’ of any given situation or exercise whilst allowing students to develop their own leadership skills in a supportive environment
  • Ability to assess students strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability to deliver effective feedback in an encouraging, sympathetic and supportive manner

The Advanced Powerboat Instructor course is ideal for:

  • Those looking to teach the Intermediate and Advanced Powerboat along with the Tender Operator’s Course.
  • Those looking to conduct Own Boat Training outside a school’s operating area.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a RYA Powerboat Instructor with significant teaching experience
  • Possess your RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate
  • Hold the RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence examination, the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal (Power) Certificate of Competence or the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power) Certificate of Competence.

Assumed Knowledge

  • Whilst not a prerequisite you are recommended to hold the RYA Yachtmaster theory qualification. As a minimum you must have an equivalent level of knowledge.
  • You have considerable boating experience in a range of conditions, across a variety of boats in various locations
  • You have considerable night boating experience to the extent that i) You can safely manage a boat anywhere at night ii) Teach others how to do it
  • The ability to explain any aspect of the Advanced Course with ease as defined by the syllabus.
  • You are a very experienced instructor with experience of delivering many Level 2 courses.  

Courses usually start at 0900 and will finish around 3-4 hours after it gets dark on day 1 to accommodate the night exercise. 

Day 2 starts at 0900 and we aim to finish by 1700 – please check your booking confirmation for details

Minimum duration: 2 days including a night passage

17 years old.

This course operates with a maximum of 3 students per instructor/vessel

Course Price £350p/p

Book for 2 people or more and save 5% off the total price

As an experienced PBI You should already possess the most current versions of the following RYA Publications either in printed or e-book copy:

  • RYA Powerboat Logbook (Ref G20)
  • RYA Power Schemes Instructors Handbook (Ref G19)
  • RYA Start Powerboating (Ref G48)
  • RYA Powerboat Handbook (Ref G13)
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook (G108) 

Should you not be in possession of these publications they are available to buy during your course

As an experienced PBI you may already have your own equipment – you are welcome to use this as long as it is clean and serviceable. You MUST wear a fully serviced inflating lifejacket (min 150N) with a light for this course – buoyancy aids are not permitted.

We offer free use of our waterproof clothing for the weekend