RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to Powerboat Instructor Conversion

Converting from RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power) to RYA Powerboat Instructor

An RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power) may attend a one-day assessment / conversion course to gain the RYA Powerboat Instructor certificate.

The assessment will be carried out by a Powerboat Trainer and does not require moderation.


Whats involved: 

Candidates will be tested on their boat handling skills, knowledge of the Powerboat scheme and should be familiar with the current syllabus in the Powerboat logbook G20. The emphasis of the course is to adapt the knowledge and teaching style of the candidate to the powerboat scheme and contain the following elements: 

  • Familiarisation with the RYA Powerboat Level 2 and 2 syllabi and level of knowledge required including navigation theroy
  • The importance and necessity of demonstrations whilst teaching
  • Awareness of and successful management of the time constraints of an RYA Powerboat level 2 course

Throughout the course, candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Use of neutral as a gear during slow speed manouvering
  • One hand steer, One hand gear at all times
  • Wearing a kill cord at all times
  • Use of directed thrust that outboard engines provide  

What you gain:

Successful candidates will be able to teach up to RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate. If the instructor also holds the Safety Boat Certificate, they may also teach the Safety Boat Course.

Unsuccessful candidates may be given an action plan to complete before reassessment or be advised to take the full three day powerboat instructor course.


RYA Advanced Powerboat instructor: 

There is no direct entry to RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor. This can only be attained through the normal process - see more information here



Please complete our enquiry form to submit your interest in this course and note a few 'ideal' dates when you'd like to complete it:

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