Advanced Powerboat Certificate


Course Title: Irish Sailing Advanced Powerboat Course

Accreditation: Irish Sailing (Irish Qualification)

Cost: €400

Previous Experience: Required

The Advanced Powerboat Course will allow powerboaters to gain skills in boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation, at both day and night in coastal waters. Some pre course preparation maybe needed depending on your experience.

An assessment at the beginning of the course may be required at our discretion. This is to ensure that all participants are at an appropriate skill level to absorb new knowledge and skills.

Course Syllabus

  • Boat Preparation
  • Boat Handling; holding station, coming alongside at speed, lee shore landings
  • Rough weather skills
  • Meteorology; forecast sourcing and interpretation, implications for powerboating
  • Navigation; at day and night using GPS, depth sounder, steering and hand bearing compass
  • Passage Planning
  • International Collision Regulations, day and night shapes
  • Safety, search patterns, sea anchor usage
  • Basic maintenance, trailing and storage

Previous Experience & Pre-requisites

Participants must hold a National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2). We would recommend having also completed the Intermediate Powerboat Course.

It is strongly recommended that participants hold a VHF radio operators certificate and a first aid certificate. Additionally, participants should be proficient in navigation of at least Irish Sailing’s Coastal Navigation for Small Boats Course or the RYA Day-Skipper level.

Course Times

Courses run Fridays 6-9pm, Saturday from 9.30am-9pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.
* Course 5 and Course 6: Saturday 9.30am-9pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

To book this course:

Step 1:  Online payment, after which you will receive an email confirmation with a link to an online form.

Step 2:  Submission of the online form.

Your course booking will only be secured once both steps are completed.


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Course 5*: 7-8 October (different course times)

Saturday 7th October 2023 - Sunday 8th October 2023


Course 6*: 21-22 October (different course times)

Saturday 21st October 2023 - Sunday 22nd October 2023


Course 7: 3-5 November

Friday 3rd November 2023 - Sunday 5th November 2023


Course 8: 17-19 November

Friday 17th November 2023 - Sunday 19th November 2023


Course 9: 1-3 December

Friday 1st December 2023 - Sunday 3rd December 2023


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