RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course In Southampton

The RYA Intermediate powerboat course is simply amazing. Run for us by Solent Boat Training who are an RYA powerboat training centre in Southampton we use a larger rib boat to explore the Solent and teach you advanced navigation and boat handling. The perfect follow on course from the RYA powerboat level 2 course.

Free accommodation is also included within our Southampton marina base for all multi day courses and is available to you whichever base you are training at.


Course :

RYA Powerboat Intermediate Level - Coastal & Planning Boat

Maximum Students :

3 Students per boat with RYA Instructor. Minimum age 16 years

Assumed Knowledge :

RYA Powerboat Level 2 course completion

Typical Course Duration :

Day 1 starts at 9.30am running to 5.00pm with approximately 3 hours theory and 4 hours practical boating.

Day 2 starts at 9.30am running to about 5.00pm with approximately 3 hours theory and 4 hours practical boating.

What's Included ?

Exclusive use of a MCA commercial licensed 7m rib boat including all fuel and other fees such as moorings. RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor, classroom with all equipment, RYA Intermediate powerboat certificate, waterproofs as required and of course a life jacket. Accommodation on one our of our sailing yachts is also included at no charge.

Why Choose Coastal Pursuits For Your Powerboat Intermediate Course ?

We solely own one of the largest fleet of training ribs in the UK, together with 7 waterside air conditioned classrooms and a full time team of Yachtmaster & Advanced powerboat instructors on our permanent staff it's our opinion we have the best training environment in the UK.

Then we include free accommodation on most courses in Southampton and also offer bareboat rib charter to our students, we offer the complete package.


Planning a day cruise


True and magnetic bearings

Bearing and distance

Chart symbols

Tidal diamonds and tidal streams

Use of pilot books

Position lines

Use of marina locks

Latitude and longitude

The principles of GPS

Sources of forecast information and the interpretation of forecasts

Tidal heights at secondary ports

Use a plotting instrument and plot a course to steer (CTS)

Work out tidal heights for standard ports using a tidal curve

Interpret Lateral and Cardinal buoyage

Implement IRPCS, in particular rules 5,7,8,9,12-19,23

Use GPS waypoint navigation and determine XTE, SOG, COG, BTW, DTW

Use a laminated chart afloat

Use pilotage to enter an unfamiliar port by day

Explain how to make a VHF emergency call


The importance of protective clothing and safety equipment

The minimum level of equipment for the boat

Considerations of equipment required for longer passages

Correct stowage of equipment

Effect of waves

Rougher conditions

Awareness of other water users

Mooring stern-to between posts or Med style

Demonstrate awareness of wind and tide

Moor alongside, in a marina berth

Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length of kill cord at all times

Demonstrate a practical application of techniques for pilotage in local waters

The need for pre-planning, including advice in the event of having to return at night

Apply the lessons learnt in the theory section and successfully complete a practical passage

Fix position by traditional and electronic means

Techniques for picking up a man overboard in differing conditions

Pick up a man overboard

RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course Customer Reviews


Coastal Pursuits Intermediate Powerboat Course Review My son and myself have just completed a Power Boat Course with Solent Boat Training. This was our first real introduction to Powerboat and I must say we were both very nervous prior to starting the course. However the moment we arrived at the training centre, the instructor put us both at ease with his confident calm manner.

The course touches on all aspects of powerboating and the combination of training room and practical application of skills on the water worked really well. Our instructor clearly explained the concepts and was very patient with all the students, especially as we were new to Boating.

On the second day of training the weather was foul, but we were properly kitted out with suitable clothing and headed out onto the water. It was a great experience and clearly demonstrated that you need to be prepared for any eventuality when boating and with the right equipment and training /understanding of the environment and your limits you should be fine.

Our instructor focused heavily on the safety aspects of boating and made us all think about the importance of planning ahead prior to setting out on the water.

I would highly recommend Solent Boat Training, the instructors, equipment and tuition are excellent. Personally I will be heading back to them in order to take the next level of training to make me a safer and competent skipper on the water.


Coastal Pursuits Powerboat Intermediate Course Review A big thanks to Bo and the team at Solent Boat Training. Could not fault the service and experience. Great kit and location. I did a lot of online research and you guys came up with the goods going above and beyond when our overnight stay broke down at the last minute.

Would recommend your team to anyone considering getting on the water and look forward to seeing you at Southampton Boat Show 2013 where I will be booking for the advanced course.


Coastal Pursuitsr Intermediate Course Review

A great two days training on the Solent with a good balance of practical and theory.
Loads of time to watch others and practice myself.

The weather was great and good company with the other two trainee's.

The boat and equipment was in great shape and all practice areas were covered.

Our instructor was good fun and knowledgable, but made us think in a a safety focused way.

Came away feeling confident and ready to start the next part of my boating career.
Well worth doing for anyone wanting to get into power boating


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