RYA Powerboat - Advanced Certificate

What is special about this course?

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.

With the addition of a commercial endorsement, this qualification allows you to carry 12 fee-paying passengers 20 miles from a safe haven.

Entry requirements

Candidates are assumed to be competent to RYA Intermediate Certificate with Day Skipper Shore-based Certificate in Navigation and Chart work. Mandatory requirements are a First Aid Certificate and VHF Operator's Certificate. Minimum age of candidates is 17 years.

  • Preparation for sea
  • Boat handling
  • Passage making and responsibility as skipper
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology,
  • Rules of the road
  • Use of engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Night cruising

How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    2 Days

    This is a 2 day course including 1 night passage.

    Where can I study my course?

      • Mallaig

    Start date

    Please contact us on rya.whc@uhi.ac.uk for further information or to book a place. 


    £350.00. This includes the certificate from the RYA.


    Funding of up to £200 is available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

    This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

    You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

    Please contact your local college centre for more information about funding, or call us on 01397 874000.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    There are many other RYA courses you could consider

    Is there more information available online?

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    To book a course or for more information just email us on rya.whc@uhi.ac.uk

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.