RYA-MCA

RYA / MCA Powerboat courses and certification

RYA Powerboat Training Courses

powerboat1The RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate and Advanced Certificate of Competence is used all over the world by skippers working around harbours and offshore. International commercial (RYA/MCA) and recreational ICC certificates available. 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.

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 centre 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 courses:

RYA VHF/SRC Radio operators licenseR1600

RYA/MCA VHF Short Range Certificate

RYAMCA-VHF-Short-Range-CertificateThe RYA/MCA Short Range Training course / exam and certificate is the qualification wanted by International Captains on Yachts. Crew need to be able to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Equipment on Commercial vessels fitted with a SRC radio. This includes both fixed and hand held 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 hand held 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)
The exam is a written and practical test on the skills you learned. The exam fee is paid direct to the RYA via credit card details.  Remember to bring a ID photo for you certificate. The course price does not include the RYA exam fee.

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

RYA Level 2: Powerboat Certificate2 days R3900

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 powerboating for anyone wanting to attend a practical informative 2 day training course. 

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 Advanced powerboat course and for those with a seasons experience the Advance Exam and commercial endorsement.

Topics covered include: 
  • Launching and recovery
  • Confined space manoeuvring
  • 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 powerboating in South Africa and with the RYA certificates most of the pleasure boating world.

Entry requirements: None (it is not necessary to have completed the level 1 course)

Minimum age: 12, note SAMSA qualifications start from 16, however younger helmsman can operate    pleasure craft under supervision of an appropriate skipper.

Course duration: 2 days – 09:00 to 17:00 with 3 students. May be shorter with less students.

Prices include: RYA Powerboat Logbook, Certificate (on successful completion), All Fuel (except own boat courses), Tea & Coffee, loan of Waterproofs and Lifejacket for the course. Not included SAMSA additional training and exams.

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 advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.

 

RYA Superyacht Tender Operators Course2 days R4900

RYA Superyacht Tender Operators Course

This is a brand new course announced at the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale boat shows this year. 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 powerboating 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 skilfully.

Topics covered include:
  • Launching and recovery, Yacht davits
  • Confined space manoeuvring
  • 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.

Minimum age: Seventeen years old

Course duration: 2 days – Normally 11:00 to 21:00 on first day and 09:00 to 16:00 on the second, weather dependent.
Prices include: RYA Course Certificate (on successful completion), All Fuel (except own boat courses), Tea & Coffee, loan of Lifejacket for the course. Not included SAMSA additional training and exams.

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 advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.



RYA Intermediate Powerboat 2 days R4400

RYA Intermediate Powerboat

RYA-Intermediate-PowerboatThis 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

Prices include: RYA Powerboat Logbook, Certificate (on successful completion), All Fuel, Tea & Coffee, loan of Waterproofs and Lifejacket for the course.

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 advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.
 

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course2 days R5200

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

RYA-Advanced-Powerboat-CourseThis 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

Day One

  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • 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
  • Return run demonstrating the correct use of trim and discussing action to be taken in rougher weather conditions
  • Recap the Man Overboard procedure. All students to practice MOB and discuss recovery in all conditions 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Return - depending on Sunset we finish between 8pm and 10pm
Day Two
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • More boat handling focusing on picking up and departing from a mooring buoy and anchoring in various conditions
  • Arrive back at base. Clean up and recovery of RIB
  • Debrief and issue of certificates

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)
  • Intermediate powerboat course or equivalent driving experience.
Minimum age: 17

Course duration: 2 days – 10:00 to after dark on first day, second day 09:00 to 16:00, Times vary depending on weather, sunset etc.

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

RYA Advanced Powerboat Exam for Certificate of Competence1 day POA

RYA Advanced Powerboat Exam for Certificate of Competence

This Exam is required for persons looking to gain a commercial endorsement and for and 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.

Prices include: Payment is paid direct to RYA, a local fee for RIB hire and fuel will also apply.

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

RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Commercial EndorsementPOA

RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Commercial Endorsement

Commercial-Endorsement-1Commercial 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 
Commercial-Endorsement-2Dates: We train 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. We have courses running every month.

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

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course 3 days R7000

RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

RYA-Powerboat-Instructor-Course1This 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 advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.
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RYA Advanced Instructor Course2 days R4500

RYA Advanced Instructor

RYA-Advanced-Powerboat-CourseThe 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 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 advise you on the course/s you need. Fill out the enquiry form on the right or give us a call.
 

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