Mallorca’s only RYA Advanced Power Boat Training Centre

By : Steve Bell

RYA Advanced Power Boat Training in Mallorca

Seawake Spain are the only approved RYA training facility in Mallorca to offer the RYA Advanced Power Boat Training Course we thought we would highlight the benefits of this course and explain the difference between this course and the RYA Power Boat Level 2.

This RYA Advanced Power Boat Training is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips by day and night.

It includes navigation at planing speed, weather and other aspects of skippering powerboats on more challenging passages in coastal waters. Given the nature of these passages Advanced Powerboat courses should be delivered on powerboats of a minimum of 6 metres and an engine size sufficient to enable coastal passages at planing speed.

Our course are carried out on an MCA Coded 2021 Humber Offshore Pro 7m Rib with 250 HP outboard, It is equipped with a Garmin 12inch Multi Function Display with Radar and 3D echo sounder giving you all the tools you need for 2 days of learning.

Anybody undertaking this course must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Coastal Skipper/RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course.

The course duration is 2 days [including one evening exercise]

There are two types of Advanced certificate:

  • A course completion certificate awarded by a training centre on successful completion of a two-day training course
  • A certificate of competence awarded by the RYA/MCA on successful completion of an exam. This is assessed by an RYA examiner after the completion of the two day course. The prerequisites for taking this exam are detailed here:

Why do I need an RYA Advanced Power Boat Training & Certification?

If you operate any power boat in the hours of darkness then you need either an RYA Advanced Power Boat, RYA Tender Operator or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power. RYA Power Boat Level 2 does not allow for night time operation and you may be operating illegally and without insurance.

If you are looking for a Commercially Endorsed Certificate of Competence rather than a Course Completion Certificate, this could be your first chance to gain this qualification. Many employees and Flag states will require a Certificate of Competence rather than a Course Completion Certificate.

If you are seeking work in the marine industry as a Deck Hand or Bosun an RYA Advanced Power Boat Training and Certification may help your CV stand out in a crowd!

At Seawake Mallorca we can guide you through this process and help you book your examination. We also provide support and tuition on motor yachts up to 24 metres.

email us at info@seawake.esor call us on +34 682 873 184

To book your RYA Advanced Power Boat Training course click here


Practical Course Contents

Preparing the boat for sea
Carry our fuel and engine checks
Stow and secure gear
Differences for a twin engine vessel
Characteristics of various hull forms and propeller configurations
Action to be taken in rough weather
Demonstrate a practical understanding and correct use of power trim and trim tabs
Demonstrate an awareness of the effects of wind and tide when manoeuvring, including:
Steering in transits and in buoyed channels
Turning in a confined space
Berthing in various conditions of wind and tide
Picking up and leaving a mooring buoy
Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length of kill cord at all times
The importance of pre-trip planning
Planing and making coastal passages, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards, the type of boat and the strengths of the crew
Chart plotters and radar, their advantages and limitations
Organise the navigation, safety and welfare of the crew during a powerboat passage
Navigate at higher speed using time/distance
Use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints, routes and XTE, SOG, COG, BTW, DTW
Carry out pilotage plans and pilotage entry into or departure from harbour
Use leading and clearing lines, transits, back bearings and soundings as aids to pilotage
Use GPS and understands it limitations in pilotage
Navigate using soundings
Terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort Scale, and their significance to small craft
Sources of forecast information and interpretation of forecasts including synoptic charts
The significance of meteorological trends
Can interpret a synoptic chart
Apply the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
How to change a propeller
Propeller diameter and pitch
Propeller ventilation and cavitation
Checks to be made before starting, during running, and after stopping for diesel and petrol engines
Periodic checks on engines and electrical systems including spark plugs, water filters and pump impellers
How to bleed the fuel system (diesel), change filters and pump impellers
Transmission belts
Spares to be carried
Correct action to take in emergency situations
Fire prevention and fighting
Hull damage / watertight integrity
What to do in a medical emergency
Towing and being towed
Helicopter rescue procedures
Use of flares
Search patterns
Pick up a man overboard in all available conditions
Take charge of a powerboat at night, including leaving and entering harbour
Demonstrate ability at keeping a proper lookout and identifying lit and unlit marks by night