Advanced Powerboat exam

Course content

The RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat exam is a practical test of skippering ability by day and night in the type of craft applicable to the National Powerboat Scheme.

Notes: This course prepares you for the Advanced Powerboat MCA practical test of boat handling and pilotage and the oral and written test on passage planning, chart work, tides, collision regulations, weather and safety.
The course is 1.5 days long and can be followed by the exam which is a further 1.5 days.

Pre-course experience

Two years relevant experience including night pilotage. As a guide 30 days with 2 days as skipper, 800 miles and 12 night hours. If you hold an Advanced Powerboat certificate this is reduced to 20 days with 2 as skipper, 400 miles and 12 night hours.

Assumed knowledge

Knowledge to the level of RYA Day Skipper Shorebased navigation course completion certificate, VHF (SRC) operators licence, current First Aid certificate.

Ability after course

To confidently handle a planning vessel to the standard expected by the MCA exam.


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

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.