These Joining Instructions cover the following courses taught on board one of our powerboats;


For RYA Powerboat Instructor Courses please go to the Instructor Courses Joining Instructions page. For own boat tuition please see the Own Boat Tuition Joining Instructions Page.


Powerboat Courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina (unless specifically stated otherwise). Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers (as long as you have registered with the marina). 



RYA Powerboat Level 1



RYA Powerboat Level 2

RYA Powerboat Intermediate

RYA Powerboat Safety Boat

0930 on day 1,

0900 on day 2

1700 each day

RYA Powerboat Tender Operator

RYA Powerboat Advanced 

0930 on day 1,

day 2 varies

up to 4 hours after sunset on day 1

day 2 varies depending on season and is shorter in the summer as day 1 is longer

RYA/MCA Advanced Certificate of Competence

varies with season, please see your email

up to 4 hours after sunset each day

RYA ICC Direct Assessment

BSAC Diver Cox'n Assessment

Either 0930 or 1330

1300 or 1700


Lunch is not included, you can either bring a packed lunch or eat at the cafe next door. For courses involving a night exercise the crew tend to visit a chip shop or pub (no alcohol) for dinner. Tea and Coffee is included throughout the day and you can help yourself at the centre.


If you require accommodation you will find a list of some local accommodation at Southampton Accommodation.


Most of our courses have pre requisites, these are not optional they are requirements. If you are unsure what they are please check back against the relevant product page (the links in the list of courses at the top of this page).


All students are provided with 150N life jackets (buoyancy aid for the Safety Boat course). If you would prefer to wear your own life jacket then you may do so. It must be of a minimum 150 Newtons, be well fitting and have been serviced as per the manufacturers recommendations. For courses involving a night exercise it must be fitted with a light and reflective material


 RYA Powerboat Level 1RYA Powerboat Level 2RYA Powerboat IntermediateRYA Powerboat AdvancedRYA/MCA Advanced CoCRYA Powerboat Tender OperatorBSAC Diver Cox'nRYA ICC Assessment

RYA Safety Boat

Note pad & pen   X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
2B Pencils, eraser and sharpener      X  X  X  X  X    
Warm clothing (lots of layers), thermals & fleeces  X  X X  X  X
Warm hat, gloves, cap, sunglasses & sun cream  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Passport photograph of yourself    X    X  X  X  X  X  
Sailing boots or wellies  X  X  X  X  X X  X  X Wetsuit boots, or footwear that can get wet
Small torch        X  X  X      
Waterproof sleeve for your passage plan     X  X  X  X  X    
Buy RYA Powerboat Schemes - Syllabus & Logbook at the RYA Shop  optional  optional recommended recommended recommended  recommended      optional
Calculator      optional  optional  optional  optional      
Wet weather Gear (or hire £5/day )  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  
First Aid Certificate         X   X         
Marine Radio Certificate        X  X        
RYA or BSAC Fee         RYA Exam fee   BSAC Exam Fee Free for RYA members  
Drysuit OR Wet suit & spray top (or hire for £5/day)                  Either a drysuit or a wetsut and spray top (or hore ours £5/day) 
Passport                As proof of nationality  
Proof of UK residency               For nationals of  UN countrys other than UK, USA, Holland & Canada  
Sailing Knife       optional optional        X
  RYA Powerboat Level 1 RYA Powerboat Level 2 RYA Powerboat Intermediate RYA Powerboat Advanced RYA/MCA Advanced CoC RYA Powerboat Tender Operator BSAC Diver Cox'n RYA ICC Assessment RYA Safety Boat


The certificate is usually issued at the end of the day and most will require a passport photograph of you. RYA certification is awarded at the discretion of your instructor and the Principal.

For the RYA/MCA Advanced Certificate of Competence an external examiner will examine you on day 3, if you disagree with the result, there is an appeal process in place through the Yachtmaster Qualification Panel.

BSAC certificates are posted to you after the course and also require a photograph of you.


You may wish to take some photographs during your course to take home and share with friends and family. Please feel free to snap away (as long as other students are happy to have their photographs taken). We’d love to see your photos, so please do post any images captured whilst on a course with us onto our Facebook page. We run a monthly competition to find the best, or most entertaining, course photo. This can include something amusing you’ve seen whilst on the water: as long as the picture was taken while you were on a course with us, it’s valid for entry! Every month one of our students wins a £50 voucher to redeem against their next course, race or charter.


Parents or guardians of students aged under eighteen must fill in and sign a medical declaration / consent form for their child prior to the course starting. This is usually done in the morning. If you will not be there to drop off your child, please contact the office for a form in advance. Certificates for under- sixteens will be endorsed “The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”. Some courses have a higher minimum age.


Your Instructor will assume you have no previous experience or knowledge of power boating and will start from the basics showing you the best practice and techniques.



The RYA Start Power Boating Book is included free of charge for you to take away from your course. The course will run as for the Level 1 course above. Day 2 is devoted to high speed handling and a navigation exercise; the destination is usually a pub for lunch (no alcohol - sorry), so bring some money for lunch on day 2. For optional extras to the Level 2 course please see below. Useful (but not essential) pre course reading would be;

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop


At the end of the course you will be awarded the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate. During your two day course we can also cover any of the following.


    By completing the RYA Powerboat Level 2 (or higher) course with us you are automatically eligible for an ICC (power up to 10m, coastal). This is an international certificate recognised in many countries. If you require an ICC we can take care of the paperwork while you are here however you will need;

    • An additional passport photograph
    • Passport, as proof of nationality
    • Proof of residence in the UK if you are from a UN country other than UK, USA, Canada or Holland.
    • RYA Membership (this then waives the RYA license fee), you can join by clicking the banner/ link below

     Join the RYA online today


  • RYA ICC CEVNI Endorsement

Anyone training for the ICC with us will automatically receive the coastal endorsement to their ICC. If you additionally require the inland endorsement (for the inland waterways of Europe) then you will also need to take the CEVNI test (not included). The book below is essential pre course reading if you intend to also take the CEVNI test. The test can be taken online or with us at the centre.

Buy RYA Handy Guide to CEVNI at the RYA Shop

  • BSAC Boat Handling Course
    This endorsement course is aimed at those who will be driving dive boats. It covers laying shot lines, recovering divers and stowage of dive kit in addition to the Level 2 syllabus. It can be run alongside the Level 2, but is subject to additional fees. Please let us know in advance if you would like to add BSAC Boat Handling so that we can arrange the correct instructor.

  • RYA/MCA Commercial Endorsement
    If you require the Level 2 certificate for commercial purposes this is effectively a rubber stamping process for which the RYA charge a commercial endorsement fee. To commercially endorse your level 2 certificate you will also need



This is one day of 1:1 coaching and direct assessment for RYA Powerboat Level 2. It is specifically for experienced drivers. You will need to bring the same kit as the normal 2-day RYA Level 2 Course (above) and you can add an ICC in the same way, please therefore read the Level 2 notes above.


Your instructor will assume you have previously completed a Level 2 (tidal) course and have gained some further experience since then. The RYA Basic Navigation and Safety Course or the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course would be useful but not essential to have completed before hand. Lunch on one of the two days will be taken off site; a pub is often the destination for a navigation exercise (no alcohol). RYA Certification is included in the course fee. Useful Pre-Course Reading;

Buy RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes - 2nd Edition at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop

Intermediate Course Optional Extra

If you would like to dual certify and receive the BSAC Chart Work & Position Fixing Certificate then an extra hour is required. There is an additional course fee. Please let us know in advance if you would like to add the BSAC option/certificate.


Your instructor will assume you have previously completed a Level 2 (tidal) course and have gained some further experience since then. The course covers righting and towing techniques for various types of dinghies, windsurfer and kayaks. On the second day a number of the session are scenario based and you may be playing the part of a casualty for some of them so expect to get wet. Also covered will be fleet rescue and mark laying. You will find it incredibly helpful to have read the following book before your course.

Buy RYA Safety Boat Handbook at the RYA Shop


The night exercise will take place on the first evening, finish time varies depending upon season but we aim to get at least three hours of night pilotage covered. This course is specifically aimed at super yacht crew however it will be useful to anyone involved in short transfers between vessel, mother ship and shore or wind farms turbines.


The night exercise will take place on the first evening, finish time varies depending upon season but we aim to get at least three hours of darkness (sometimes four). If you do not currently hold VHF and First Aid certificates we are happy to hold your Advanced certificate for up to three months to give you a chance to complete these two courses. Your Instructor will assume you have the practical skills of an Intermediate power boater and associated shorebased knowledge up to Coastal Skipper Shorebased standard already, along with some practical experience of navigating by day. Useful pre course reading includes;

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Weather Handbook - Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop Buy A Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop

Advanced Course Optional Extra

By passing the Advanced Course you will have also attained the standard for the BSAC Diver Cox’n award. If you would like to dual certify, please let us know in advance, additional BSAC fees apply.


Two afternoons and two nights of exam preparation from our instructor followed by an afternoon and evening with an external RYA examiner. Expect to demonstrate night pilotage skills, a high level of boat handling and a good theory knowledge. There is a separate RYA exam fee payable to the RYA on the day of the exam. If you require the commercial endorsement to this certificate then as well as the First Aid and Short Range Certificate (SRC) required for the exam you will also need;

Please ensure you have a thorough understanding of navigation, collision regulations and meteorology to Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased standard and some experience of using this knowledge practically before attending this preparation course. It is essential that you have learnt a working knowledge of the collision regulations in advance. 

Useful Pre-Course Reading ;

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Weather Handbook - Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop Buy A Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop Buy Lights and Shapes Flip Cards at the RYA Shop Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop


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