Powerboat course in the Algarve

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Powerboat Course Algarve

This certificate is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) – UK.

An all-in hands-on tender driver course & qualification for the professional yacht crew. There are two courses that are recognised by the MCA, this one and the recreational power boat level 2 by the RYA. IYT Powerboat course covers vessels up to 15m (45′) with no accommodation driven by outboard or inboard motors in fair weather up to 20 miles from a safe haven. There is no horsepower restriction. The IYT Small Powerboat & RIB Master (Power Boat 2 equivalent) certificates do not require a commercial endorsement because they are commercial certificates.

We are the only school offering a night sailing experience in your Powerboat course!

ICC & VHF included

DURATION 4 days / Start at 9:30 – Finish at 17:00
Notebook download here>> Night sailing
Theory Preparation ICC + VHF


Powerboat course in Faro

After completing this Powerboat course you will be a self-sufficient power boater and aware of your own limitations.

Course Outline

This four day course covers two days practical boat handling and two days of theory including:

  • Safety at sea
  • VHF Radio operations
  • Small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats
  • Launching and recovery
  • Anchors and anchoring
  • Nautical terminology
  • Boat handling under power
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Ropes and rope-work
  • Basic rules of the road (collision regulations)

Requirements to apply: A current medical examination and a colour blindness eyesight examination, which allows the participant to safely perform the relevant duties on a powerboat, including being able to see and distinguish lights and signals of other vessels and navigational marks in typical weather conditions without risk to him/herself, other crewmembers or the safe operation of the vessel. Call our Doctor and book an appointment here>>–  Price for Algarve Cruising Center students 40€ In case you want to do it with your family Doctor download the medical form here>>

This course reviews theory in the classroom and covers practical boat handling & qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Children over 16 can attend a normal course at any time but we must have the parent/guardian’s specific permission – please call to discuss. The “Powerboat 2” certificates issued by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) are recreational certificates and these certificates do require a “commercial endorsement” if one wishes to work commercially. Should you wish to confirm this information please contact the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Seafarers Standard Branch +44 (0)23 8032 9100 -Deck Department. The boat>>


Day 1: Taster

Meeting at the training room at 9:30 for check-in and safety procedures. During this day we´ll be doing the familiarization with the boat, safety briefing and equipment, rues of the road and IALA system. After lunch we´ll be doing tide calculation, chart work, safety and preparation for the exam. The theory session will be on a classroom 5 min away from the marina of Faro.


Day 2 and 3: Consolidation 

Time to practice MOB, pick up a mooring buoy, docking. We will sail to Faro beach to practice your navigation skills.


Day 4: Reviews and Exam

This is our last day. Time for reviews and exam.

5 reviews for Powerboat course in the Algarve

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  1. Adam Smith

    Great course! Good value. Ill be back for the Bareboat skipper.

  2. Tiago Soares

    Recomendo… 5 estrelas…

  3. Alfred

    Good and intensive course, well done Ricardo! Enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. Good luck with Algarve Cruising Center. Ciao Alfred.

    • ricardo

      Thank for your review Alfred. Keep in touch for the sunset pilotage in Ria Formosa 😉

  4. jane

    Thanks, Ricardo, for an excellent course. I learnt a huge amount. Great 3 days! Jane

  5. Manoel Revez

    Enquanto aluno do curso de Powerboat, que realizei no Algarve Cruising Center, sinto-me muito satisfeito com o resultado final.
    Na minha opinião tem várias vantagens sobre a tradicional carta de marinheiro e confere um tipo de preparação até agora inexistente em Portugal. Não só é muito completo a nível teórico, como possibilita o desenvolvimento de competências técnicas, muito importantes quando se pretende dominar a operação neste tipo de embarcação. As diversas manobras são ensaiadas repetidas vezes, até que o aluno sinta confiança na sua execução.
    Outro ponto importante é que, em caso de necessidade, consegue-se negociar alguma flexibilidade de horários com os instrutores.
    Parabéns pelo excelente trabalho!

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