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RYA Professional Tender Operators Course (PTOC)

2 Days including a night exercise (Recommended to do between October-March)

The aim of the course is to look at the potential difficulties and dangers of transporting passengers on high speed craft eithercrew or guests in a super yacht or in high speed craft charter operation.

Pre-course experience RYA Powerboat 2
Assumed knowledge RYA Powerboat 2 and Navigation up to Yachtmaster Standard
Minimum duration 2 days, approximately 0900 to 2100 first day, 0900 to 1730 second day
Minimum age 17
Course content Preparation and boat handling focusing on passenger safety and comfort, daytime pilotage, night time pilotage, emergency situations, associated theory
Ability after the courseConfident undertaking of short ship to shore transfers by day and night

Why do the Course?

This course is designed to build on a candidate's basic knowledge and experience of powerboating gained in their Powerboat Level two course with the look at the dangers of driving paying customers in a planing boat environment. Primarily for those working in the Super-Yacht Industry to safely transfer guests and crew between the mother ship and shore by day and night.

Course Content

What will I learn?

  1. Use of a plotting instrument knowledge of plotting a course
  2. True and magnetic bearings
  3. Bearing and distance
  4. Chart symbols
  5. Tidal diamonds and tidal streams
  6. Use of pilot books
  7. Work out tidal heights for standard ports
  8. Interpret Lateral, Cardinal Buoyage & Special Buoyage Systems (IALA)
  9. Implement IRPCS concentrating on rules, 5,7,8,9,13-17,23

Course outcome

To gain your RYA Professional Tender Operators' Certificate.

Many customers then progress to obtain Advanced Powerboat certification which, when commercially endorsed, can be used for commercial use; for instance:

Cost Individual Group
Number of persons 1 person 2 persons 3 persons
Total cost £390 £650 £700
Cost per person £390 £325 £234

Further Courses

RYA Training Centre
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