RYA Powerboat Tender Operator


This 2 day RYA Powerboat practical course is aimed at superyacht crew, needing to transfer clients from ship to shore, operating a powerboat by day or night with responsibility for carrying passengers. The course includes plenty of time to practice working with a crew member and operating short-handed.

Candidates will practice and become familiar with pilotage for short passages from ship to shore, both day and night.






Course content

The course covers the practical use of pilotage and boat handling by day and night using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques. It teaches you the techniques required to plan and complete a short coastal passage between a yacht and shore.

This course is intended to build on a candidate's basic powerboating knowledge and skills. Attendees will gain confidence in their ability to manoeuvre a powerboat more smoothly. The emphasis is on learning important skills in day and night pilotage and passenger carriage and management.

This course is available as 2 consecutive days.

Amongst other you will learn

  • Preparation of a tender
  • Boat handling focusing on passenger safety and comfort
  • Daytime pilotage
  • Night time pilotage
  • Emergency situations
  • Regulations and theory


How to prepare yourself for this course

In order to get the most out of your course, we offer you the possibility to do our online pre-course knowledge quiz. The quiz helps you to test your knowledge and to assess whether you need more preparation in some areas. 


Ability after the course

At the end of the course you will have learned and practiced the skills needed to safely plan and confidently execute ship-to-shore passages in tidal waters during day and night under normal conditions.


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our RYA instructors
  • C-MASTERS Pre-course knowledge quiz
  • Coffee / thee ashore 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
  • RYA Tender Operator personalised Certificate of Competence






Details of this course

Duration:     This non-residential course is available as 2 consecutive days


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Zeeland (the Netherlands)


Previous experience:  Obtained the Powerboat level 2 certificate of confidence


Assumed knowledge: Your knowledge of theory should be at the level of the Powerboat Level 2 course book or the RYA Essential Navigation theory course


Language: This course is provided in English.


Number of students:   3


Cost: 775 euro 





Supporting courses

We recommend attending the RYA Essential Navigation shorebased theory course before following the Powerboat Tender Operator course.


Next steps

After successfully completing this course, we recommend to first extend your knowledge with our RYA shorebased courses such as SRC, Sea Survival or First Aid .

After building up experience during daytime passage, it will be time to learn making longer passages both during day-time and night-time, by joining our RYA Powerboat Intermediate of Advanced course.



Register for joining this course


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • 4 and 5 November
  • Dates of courses in 2024 will be announced soon


Overview of all our RYA Powerboat practical training offerings



RYA Powerboat Level 2 training


Provides the skills and knowledge needed for driving a powerboat including driving at planing speed, close quarters handling, and collision regulations.

RYA Powerboat Intermediate training


The Powerboat Intermediate course develops your advanced boat handling, cruising at planing speed and covers the practical use of traditional and electronic pilotage and passage planning during the day.



RYA Powerboat Advanced training / exam


Course focussed on challenging navigation and boat handling on coastal waters during day and night, including lee shore handling, adverse conditions and SAR patterns.

RYA Tender Operator


Manoeuvring more smoothly and learning important pilotage skills, ideal when operating a powerboat with responsibility for passengers.

RYA Personal Watercraft proficiency


The one day RYA proficiency course prepares you for riding safely and responsibly and is designed for first time and experienced riders alike.



RYA Shorebased courses


Extensive range of complementary RYA courses, such as the SRC VHF exam, Sea Survival, Radar, navigation skills and First Aid certification.







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