Commercial Endorsement Boat Training Courses

A commercially endorsed boating qualification is the gateway to employment at sea. At the simplest level a commercial endorsement simple means you have added a group of supporting qualifications to your RYA practical course to make it a commercial qualification.

Solent Boat Training can help with all types of RYA commercial endorsements and training courses.

For example, just gain an RYA sea survival and the new Professional Practices and Responsibilities ( PPR ) online one day course and you make your RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate commercial ! This will have limited use, but a good place to start and gets you being paid to drive a rib by day up to to 3 miles from shore.

Here we detail the full range of RYA qualifications that can have a commercial endorsement.

I) Course completion certificates :- No Exam Required

RYA National Powerboat Certificate - Level 2

RYA National Powerboat Certificate - Advanced (only if issued before January 1, 2005)

RYA Day Skipper (tidal) practical course completion certificate.

RYA Day Skipper (non-tidal) practical course completion certificate, only if supported by a Day Skipper shorebased course completion certificate.

II) Certificate of competence :- Gained By Exam Passed

RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence

The higher you progress on the above list basically allows you to skipper larger boats, further from shore and in worsening conditions such as nightime and poor weather.

Commercial Endorsements With The Solent Boat Training Redbay Rib Fleet

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Initial Commercial Training Boat

Our Redbay Stormforce 650 is powered by a Suzuki 175 hp engine, has a 7" Garmin chartplotter, 225 litre fuel tanks and incredible sea keeping performance.


She is used for our initial powerboat commercial endorsement training courses and is licensed for commercial use 20 miles from land.





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Intermediate Commercial Training Boat

Our Redbay Stormforce 840 is powered by a Suzuki 300 hp engine, has  seating, 8" Garmin chartplotter, 300 litre fuel tanks and incredible sea keeping performance.


She is used for our intermediate powerboat commercial endorsement training courses and is licensed for commercial use 20 miles from land.

 




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Advanced Commercial Training Boat

Our Redbay Stormforce 1050 is powered by twin Suzuki 300 hp engines, has Scott shock mitigation seating, 12" Garmin chartplotter, radar, 600 litre fuel tanks and incredible sea keeping performance.


She is used for our advanced powerboat commercial endorsement training courses and is licensed for commercial use 20 miles from land.

There is no other training rib in the Solent with her amazing abilities.




RYA Motorboat Commercial Endorsements

Motorboat Commercial Training 


Our Fairline Phantom 40 motor boat is the perfect boat for progressing to your RYA Yachtmaster offshore commercial endorsement. With twin Volvo diesel engines running shaft driven propellers, full Raymarine Sat Nav & Radar with MCA commercial coding Cat 2 for 60 miles offshore.


Areas of operation :-

Category 0 :- Unrestricted

Certificate required: RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

Category 1 :- Up to 150 miles from a safe haven

Certificate required: RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service. With ENG 1 medical rather than the ML5 medical which is accepted for categories 2 to 6.

Category 2 :- Up to 60 miles from a safe haven

Certificate required: RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

Category 3 :- Up to 20 miles from a safe haven

Certificate required: RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, or RYA Coastal Skipper certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

Category 4 :- Up to 20 miles from a safe haven in favourable weather and daylight

Certificate required: RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, or RYA Coastal Skipper certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

Category 5 :- To sea, within 20 miles from a nominated departure point in favourable weather and daylight

Certificate required: RYA Day Skipper practical and shorebased certificate, or RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, or RYA Coastal Skipper certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

Category 6 :- To sea, within 3 miles from a nominated departure point & never more than 3 miles from land in favourable weather and daylight

Certificate required:RYA Powerboat Level 2, or RYA Day Skipper practical certificate, or RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, or RYA Coastal Skipper certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore certificate of competence or certificate of service, or RYA Yachtmaster® Ocean certificate of competence or certificate of service.

What other qualifications will you need?

 Commercial skippers must have a First Aid qualification. The qualification you have must have addressed water related issues so logically if you need to take a course you should consider the 1 day RYA First Aid Course - although others will suffice.

You will need a Sea Survival qualification and your VHF SRC qualification.

You will need a ML5 Medical report (for categories 2 to 6 operation) or an ENG 1 for Categories 0 or 1.

ENG1 medicals can only be undertaken by a MCA Approved Doctor. ML5 medicals are valid for 5 years whereas ENG1 are only valid for 2 years.

Those operating diesel engine craft should consider the RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course or the MCA Advanced Engineering Course. Since April 2012 those wishing to apply for their Commercial Endorsement must also undertake the RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) Course online. Click the link for more information.