RYA / MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & Exam

RYA / MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & Exam in Southampton: Course Summary

  • Course Duration: Option of 2 days or 5 days
  • Course Location: Saxon Wharf Marina, Southampton, SO14 5QF
  • Course Cost: From £585pp
  • Previous Experienced Required: Yes
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old
  • What The Course Includes: Intensive 2 or 5 day preparation sessions
  • What You Will Learn: Planning night exercises, plus the revision of key theory to prepare for the exam

The RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep and Exam is for those who have decided to turn your passion of powerboating into a profession.

As a result of our excellent knowledge and experience we are able to boast a 100% success rate. A number of our ex-students have also skippered for Ocean Sports Tuition on our skippered rib charter days!


This course is for those wishing to become a Commercial Powerboat Skipper. This course is a preparation course, therefore it will provide you with the skills and knowledge for the RYA/MCA exam.


The required experience and entry requirements include:

  • Minimum age 18
  • VHF Radio Certificate
  • A First Aid Certificate
  • Navigation Knowledge to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal level

The RYA also recommends that candidates have the following experience:

  • 30 days at sea
  • 800 miles
  • 12 night hours
  • 2 days as skipper
  • If you have attended a two day RYA Advanced Powerboat Course this is reduced to 20 days and 400 miles.


The intensive 2 and 5 day preparation sessions revolve largely around planning the night exercises, plus the revision of key theory; secondary ports, tidal heights and rates, collision regulations, night lights and shapes, sound signals. It is an intensive program of instructor led revision which will prepare you specifically for the exam.

Here you will be asked to demonstrate night pilotage and navigation skills as well as boat handling and general theory. In addition to this, you will be expected to demonstrate your competency as a skipper.

On successful completion of this exam you will also need a RYA Sea Survival certificate ,VHF Radio Operators License, PPR certificate, First Aid certificate as well as an ML5 medical from your doctor to commercial endorse the certificate of competence.

Click here to see the RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat exam syllabus


Timings vary with the time of year. You have 2 options to choose from described below:

Option one: For students with lots of practical and theory knowledge and experience.

Two afternoons and one night session led by an instructor. This is followed by an afternoon and night session with an examiner.

Option two: This is aimed at students who may need more in the way of preparation plus theory instruction.

This consists of five days preparation, including at least 4 night sessions. This is also followed by an afternoon and night session with an examiner.


Option one = £585.00 per person
Option two = £1,495.00 per person

Group discounts for full prep week - option two:

Book two places = £1,420.00 per person
Book three places = £1,395.00 per person

Multi person booking only applies to one booking, one payment.  Discount only applies for the same course dates. 

Book private training to include a crewed exam £4,185.00

All prices exclude the RYA examination fee which is currently £208. This can be paid online via the RYA exam payment portal


  • Afternoon and night sessions with instructor
  • Afternoon and night session with an examiner


If you are looking to expand your RYA powerboat qualifications after completing your Advanced Powerboat Prep & Exam, you may wish to further your experience with the following RYA powerboat courses:

Book Your MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & Exam Here

Book online below, or call on 023 81 242159.

If there are no courses listed below, please email us to enquire about availability:  info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.