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

This course includes 1 night sailing session. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only school in Europe offering a night session on a Powerboat 2 / Small Powerboat & Rib Master level. Take this chance and explore the Ria Formosa by night.

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.


  • Boat up to 15 meters
  • Day and night
  • No horsepower limitation
  • 20 miles offshore

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.

7 reviews for Powerboat course in the Algarve

  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!

  6. Estelle

    Formation “Small Powerboat & Ribmaster” mi mars 2019.
    Excellente formation sur 4 jours. Une partie théorique riche d’informations mais pas assommante, délivrée par Ricardo, un Instructeur qui, de toute évidence maîtrise son sujet et qui répond à toutes les questions de façon super claire.
    La partie pratique est très bien organisée avec la possibilité pour tous les participants ( maximum 4 personnes ) de pratiquer à tour de rôle et d’apprendre aussi en regardant les autres manœuvrer.
    La formation est très fluide et intensive mais sans être harassante. Ricardo organise même des déjeuners sur les îles proches de Faro pour nous faire découvrir ces petits coins de paradis. C’est top.
    Notre groupe a aussi eu la chance de faire une navigation de nuit, ce qui est un vrai plus par rapport à d’autres organisations.
    Je recommande vraiment ce centre et la qualité de la formation.

  7. Andre

    Excellent course.
    Very professional crew Ricardo, making sure that you learn everything as much as you enjoy so!
    The only school around teaching students during night time

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