“To teach boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation up to the standards required to drive a planing powerboat safely by day and night in tidal coastal waters with which the candidate may be familiar”.
Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of navigation and chart work to the level of Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate.
Because of the need to complete part of the course during darkness, timings will vary depending on the time of the year.
It is a requirement that students hold a First Aid and VHF Certificate before attending this course.
A typical Advanced Powerboat Course will consist of the following:
Close quarter manoeuvring to Advanced Level, polishing skills learned at Level 2 and Intermediate if required.
A night passage is central to the course and time will be allocated to make a proper passage plan for night time exit from Cardiff Barrage in to the Bristol Channel.
The night passage will include a blind navigation exercise to an unlit mark, finding a position using three independent means, man over board exercise at night in addition to general night time navigation and passage making.