Advanced Powerboat

Course content

This course is for leisure and professional boaters wanting to undertake more adventurous trips.

It includes navigation by day and night, weather and other aspects of skippering a small boat on more challenging passages in coastal waters..

Notes: This course is two days long and includes at least one night passage. The minimum age for this course is 17.

Pre-course experience

You are required to hold a first aid and VHF operators licence.

Assumed knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of Intermediate Powerboat and knowledge of navigation to at least the standard of the Day Skipper shorebased course.

Ability after course

Able to plan and execute coastal passages and return to familiar ports by night.


All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

On this two day course you will do a quick safety briefing with your Instructor before going out in the RIB for the day. You will get a chance to drive the boat, and maybe even anchor for lunch!

Notes: It includes planning a trip, boat preparation and skipper responsibilities, close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, use of engines, emergency situations, night cruising.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • A client instructor ratio of 3:1;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Must bring your own

  • Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!
  • Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at
  • Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past. There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate. You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore. As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray). Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.