RYA Intermediate Powerboat Day Cruising Course

Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus & Logbook G20 Book Cover Photo

This course teaches powerboating to the standard required to safely undertake and execute a short coastal passage by day.

At PDSSA we take this course in a variety of powered craft on tidal coastal waters. You will gain experience in boats from small tiller steer RIBS to larger console wheel steer RIBS and also if time allows a run through the exercises in our Plymouth Pilot, a small displacement training powerboat.

It is recommended that all participants consolidate this short introduction with the Advanced Powerboat Course  as well as practice between courses.


  • Two Days

Pre – requisites

  • Experience –  RYA Powerboat Level 2  with a coastal endorsement
  • KnowledgeRYA Powerboat Level 2 with coastal endorsement, Day Skipper theory, RYA First Aid and VHF/SRC Radio operator’s certificates are all recommended
  • Specialist Equipment & Clothing – None
  • Age – Minimum age 16+


Course Detail

Planning a Day Cruise

Knowledge of:

  • Use of marina locks (Can be covered under practical section if available)


  • Latitude and Longitude
  • The principles of GPS and chart plotters
  • Sources of weather forecast information and the interpretation of forecasts
  • Tidal heights at secondary ports
  • How to use a plotting instrument and plot a course to steer (CTS)
  • How to issue distress by all available means


  • Work out tidal heights for standard ports using a tidal curve
  • Navigate
  • Use true and magnetic bearings
  • Interpret bearing and distance
  • Interpret chart symbols
  • Interpret tidal diamonds and tidal streams
  • Use pilot books
  • Interpret Lateral and Cardinal buoyage
  • Implement IRPCS, in particular 5,6,7,8,9,12-19,23
  • Use GPS waypoint navigation and determine XTE – Cross Track Error, SOG – Speed Over Ground, COG – Course Over Ground, BTW – Bearing To Waypoint, DTW – Distance to Waypoint
  • Use a laminated chart afloat
  • Use pilotage to enter and unfamiliar port by day
The aim of the practical elements is to put into practice the elements as detailed in the theory section above in order to complete a passage including:


Our Address is

Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association
Boathouse 17
Madeira Road
The Hoe

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