RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep & Exam

The RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep and Exam

The RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep and Exam is for those of you that have decided to turn your passion of power boating into a profession and become a commercial power boat skipper. With a 100% success rate in the qualifying of our previous students, Ocean Sports Tuition has excellent knowledge and experience to support and train you through this process. Testament to this are some of our ex-students who have skippered for Ocean Sports Tuition on our skippered rib charter days!

Is this the right course for me?

On completion of the RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat Prep and Exam students may wish to work commercially in this sector. This course is a preparation course for the RYA/MCA exam.

Do I need previous experience?

Yes 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 a attended two day RYA Advanced Powerboat Course this is reduced to 20 days and 400 miles.

What will I learn?

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 Adavnced Powerboat exam syllabus.

Course Schedule:

Timings vary with the time of year. You have 2 options to choose from described below, if you are unsure which is the best for you please call us to discuss your requirements on 02381 242159.

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

Two afternoons and one night session led by an instructor. 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. Five day preparation with at least 4 night sessions. Followed by an afternoon and night session with an examiner.

Course Costs:

Option one is £515.00 per person
Options two is £1,395.00 per person
Examination fee £185 to be paid at the time of the exam.

Course Location:

Unit 6 Saxon Wharf Marina
SO14 5QF


To discuss your requirements please email us or phone us on 02381 242159. We’d would be more than happy to help

If you have any questions, or want to know if the course is right for you, or just want to talk in more detail about the course, please do not hesitate to call us as we love to talk boating.