Its that time of year again where you may be either booking or looking at doing your RYA MCA Advanced Powerboat CoC Exam..
The RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat exam is a practical test of skippering ability by day and night in the type of craft applicable to the National Powerboat Scheme.
Initially, its important to point out that some people can find the exam quite stressful due to a lack of adequate preparation and practice. If you have completed the RYA Advanced Powerboat course this is a good start but it is 'a start' i.e. the course introduces you to the various methods and concepts of advanced powerboat handling, passage and pilotage planning techniques and execution but it is down to you to put the time in to practice, practice, practice and study these techniques before your exam. After all the main reason people complete the exam is in order to gain the MCA / RYA Commercial certificate which gives you the ability to operate a powerboat up to 10m in daylight and darkness with up to 12 paying passengers onboard (that's a pretty big responsibility!). Here's some specifics on what's expected, the requirements and an example of how your exam may run.. (though every examiner is slightly different, the main content is the same)
No more than 3 candidates can be examined in any one session..
Certificates required to attend the exam (additional certificates are required for the MCA Commercial Endorsement):
Minimum Sea Time:
OR if you don't hold the RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate then:
All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Knowledge to the level of RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
An Example Exam program:
Daylight sessions afloat:
Either as part of the general running of the exam or as a specific session you will be asked to either answer a number of questions or show your knowledge via chart or other suitable piece of equipment. This can be incorporated into your Night Exercise preparation, examples of subject matters are below and adjacent.
Night Exercise Preparation - you will be issued with all or part of a passage/pilotage plan to create including finding lit marks and unlit points. Your plan should include the following:
Umbrella Knowledge / Skill Expectations:
Other background knowledge/skills:
RYA / MCA Advanced Powerboat Exams - Notes for Candidates - https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/training/Web%20Documents/RYA%20Training/Exams/Advanced%20Powerboat%20%20Candidates%20Notes.pdf
RYA / MCA Commercial Endorsement Application Form -
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