Building on the skills introduced at Powerboat Level 2, this course is aimed at those people who want to make longer coastal passages by day. The emphasis is on developing the knowledge required to plan a coastal passage, including chartwork, tides, weather and use of GPS, before applying it afloat.

The core boat handling skills are also developed and applied in more challenging situations. Students will plan and execute a short coastal passage, including pilotage into an unfamiliar harbour, using both traditional and electronic navigation techniques.

This course will take students’ knowledge to the next level, building their confidence to go coastal cruising and tackle more challenging conditions. The recommended knowledge level prior to this course is Day Skipper theory and completion of the Day Skipper Shorebased course is ideal preparation for this course.

2 days (16 hours)

The course will run from Cromarty Harbour, on the Black Isle (approx. 40mins drive from Inverness).

  • Detailed tuition from an experienced RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Use of XS 6.5m RIB training vessel, with 150hp engine
  • Use of 150N auto-inflate lifejacket
  • A comfortable shore base for theory sessions
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits
  • RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (if you don’t already have one)
  • RYA certificate on successful completion of course
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm layers (bring spares, as you may get wet)
  • Lightweight, quick-drying trousers (no jeans please)
  • Wellington boots and warm socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Any medication required
  • Packed lunch or money for the local convenience store/bakery
  • Planning a day cruise (chartwork, buoyage, tides, weather, passage planning, GPS)
  • Boat preparation
  • Boat handling
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making
  • Man overboard

Assessment is on a continuous basis. Existing skills will de developed throughout the course. Students will get the opportunity to plan and execute a coastal passage and demonstrate pilotage into an unfamiliar harbour. The certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the syllabus and students will be thoroughly de-briefed.

Should any areas of weakness be identified, extra tuition will be offered and issuing of the certificate will be deferred until competency is achieved in all areas.

To develop your knowledge and support your learning, we would recommend the following books:

RYA Powerboat Handbook

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes (this book is issued on the Day Skipper Shorebased course)


Discounts are available for group bookings. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

There are currently no courses scheduled.

This course can be run on demand for groups (min. 2 people). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

On successful completion of this course, students should feel confident to plan and undertake a coastal passage by day. Boat handling skills will have been refined and students should feel ready to tackle more challenging conditions.

As with any training, the key is put your new skills into practice as soon as possible. Using them in context consolidates what you have learnt and builds your confidence. Take the opportunity to use powerboats self-sufficiently as often as possible.

If you wish develop your skills further and you are keen to make longer, more challenging coastal passages by day and night, then the Advanced Powerboat course is the next step on the RYA training pathway.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course. 

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. On receipt of full payment, we will provide you with joining instructions.