Powerboat course in the Algarve

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

Powerboat Course Algarve. This 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.

DURATION 3 days / Start at 9:30 – Finish at 17:00
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Max 4 candidates Issue certification

Powerboat course in Faro

After completing this Powerboat course you will be a self-sufficient power boater in the right conditions, aware of your own limitations.

Course Outline

This three day course covers two days practical boat handling and one day 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)

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.


Day 1: Taster

Meeting at Faro Marina at 9:30. 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: Consolidation 

Time to practice MOB, pick up a mooring buoy, docking.

We will sail to Faro beach to practice your navigation skills.


Day 3: Maneuvering and Exam

This is our last day. Time to practice maneuvering in confined spaces, docking and other things that you feel like need one more change to have a go. After the practical session you will do the exam.

5 reviews for Powerboat course in the Algarve

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Smith

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tiago Soares

    Recomendo… 5 estrelas…

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  5. Rated 5 out of 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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