RYA Tender Operator Course


This course provides the skills necessary to helm and manage a tender carrying passengers/guests/crew in daylight and darkness to and from the Yacht/mother ship. Created by the RYA in combination with the PYA (Professional Yachtsman Association) to focus on Superyacht Crew transferring guests. 


Minimum age: 17

Duration: 2 days & 1 evening

Prior knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the RYA Powerboat level 2 course (coastal). It is strongly recommended that candidates hold a first aid and VHF/SRC operators certificate


Course content:

  • Preparation for sea & pre-departure checks
  • Passenger safety and comfort 
  • Day time pilotage
  • Night time pilotage
  • Emergency situations
  • Associated theory
  • Types of tender
  • Legislation and guidance
  • IRPCS (rules of the road)
  • LSA (Life saving apparatus)
  • Boat handling - incl. berthing & docking, Man Overboard recovery by day and night, operating at planing speed, boat control in waves, towing water toys etc


Course fees & dates enquiry:

RYA Tender Operator Course Fees  Fee inc.VAT 

1 person joining group course 

£350.00pp

2 people joining group course 

£330.00pp

3 people  (group booking discount)

£320.00pp

What's included in the course fee?

  • An RYA Advanced instructor for the duration of your course
  • Use of a powerboat inc. fuel + insurance
  • Use of a lifejacket
  • Use of light wet weather gear if required  
  • RYA Certificate (assuming successful completion)

The boat you will train on:

Type: Ribeye RIB

Engine: Yamaha outboard

Info: MCA coded Cat 3(R) for day and night operations



Recommended Reading:

Boating Books

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook (eBook) at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook (eBook) at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA An Introduction to Navigation (eBook) at the RYA Shop

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