RYA Tender Operator Course, poole

The RYA Tender Operator Course provides the skills necessary to helm and manage a tender carrying passengers/guests/crew in daylight and darkness to and from the Yacht/mother ship. Created by the RYA in combination with the PYA (Professional Yachtsman Association) to focus on Superyacht Crew transferring guests. 

Minimum age: 17

Duration: 2 days & 1 evening

Prior knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the RYA Powerboat level 2 course (coastal). It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid and VHF/SRC operators certificate


* PLEASE NOTE: This course is only offered between 1st Oct - 31st March due to late sunset hours at other times of year. 

Course content:

  • Preparation for sea & pre-departure checks
  • Passenger safety and comfort 
  • Day time pilotage
  • Night time pilotage
  • Emergency situations
  • Associated theory
  • Types of tender
  • Legislation and guidance
  • IRPCS (rules of the road)
  • LSA (Life saving apparatus)
  • Boat handling - incl. berthing & docking, Man Overboard recovery by day and night, operating at planing speed, boat control in waves, towing water toys etc

RYA Tender Operator Course Prices:

Course Type Boat Individual Place 2 people 3 people
Group Course (Max 1:3) School Boat £360.00 £702.00 £1026
Own Boat Course (Max 1:3) Own Boat £560.00 £560.00 £560.00

What's included in the course fee?

  • An RYA Advanced instructor for the duration of your course
  • Use of a powerboat inc. fuel + insurance
  • Use of a lifejacket
  • Use of light wet weather gear if required  
  • RYA Certificate (assuming successful completion)

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