RYA Powerboat Tender Operator

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New for September 2014 is the RYA Powerboat Tender Operator Course. Aimed at superyacht deck crew who will be carrying out guest transfers between the yacht/anchorage and the shore. The course includes some night driving.


Designed for deck crew on board superyachts, the 2 day Tender Operator course slots in straight after the RYA Powerboat Level 2. The course is specifically aimed at those who are likely to be driving guests ashore from an anchored superyacht by day and evening onboard the yacht's tender. This course was written as a direct result of requests from the superyacht industry and the PYA (Professional Yachting Association).


To teach tender operators working with super yachts to drive to the required standard to carry passengers and other crew members to and from the mother ship (superyacht) by day and night. 

The tender operator 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 (super yacht) to shore transfers, and associated skills rather than coastal cruising.

Candidates should gain an appreciation of their role as tender skipper/operator and become more employable in the superyacht sector.

Course Duration:

2 days including a night exercise on the first evening

Pre Requisites:

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Course Content:

  • Pre-departure procedures for tender operators
  • Drive systems onboard superyacht tenders
  • Life Saving Apparatus (LSA)
  • Fuel and mechanical checks and diagnosing basic engine start problems 
  • Passenger safety and comfort in waves and at planing speed
  • Dealing with non-compliant passengers and those under the influence of alcohol
  • Dealing with less mobile passengers and children
  • Strategies for ensuring the safety of non-English speaking passengers
  • Shorthanded anchoring, beam-to, bow-to and stern-to docking
  • Recovery of MOB by day and night 
  • The principles of towing and being towed
  • Apply the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
  • Passenger Briefings
  • Effective management of an emergency situation by day and at night 
  •  Produce and use effective day-time and night-time pilotage plans
  • Chartplotter and waypoint navigation

What's Included:

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What's Not Included:

  • Wet weather gear (can be hired for £5 a day)
  • Lunch (available to buy locally)

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

Stormforce Coaching launched the RYA Powerboat Tender Operator course for superyacht crew the day it was first launched by the RYA, we have courses scheduled every month and are happy to set up extra dates on demand.

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