The aim of this course is to develop boat handling, seamanship, pilotage and navigation skills up to the standards required to drive a planing powerboat safely by day in all coastal waters and by night in coastal waters with which you are familiar.
Course content includes:
Boat Handling; holding station, coming alongside at speed, lee shore landings
Rough weather skills
Meterology; forecast sourcing and interpretation, implications for powerboating
Navigation; at day and night using GPS, depth sounder, steering and hand bearing compass
International Collision Regulations, day and night shapes
Safety, search patterns, sea anchor usage
Basic maintenance, trailing and storage
Participants must hold the ISA National Powerboat Certificate.
It is strongly recommended that participants hold appropriate first aid and the Short Range (SRC) VHF radio operator's certificate.
The course duration depends on the hours of daylight, it is usually 2 and a half days.