RYA Tender Operator

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RYA Tender Operator

Event Details

This event finished on 02 October 2023



If you’d like a course date not in the calendar, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate.

The RYA Tender Operator Course is designed to be taken after the Powerboat Level 2 course, you will develop skills learnt previously and focus on the skills required to operate commercially, with regard to passengers. It is popular particularly for those within the Superyacht Industry  or working on the water on a water taxi.  It is a two day course and will include an exercise looking at navigating in the dark.

When do the courses run?  How do I find out course dates?

Dorset Marine Training runs the RYA Tender Operator Course to suit you, our client.  We can run courses seven days a week so if you want to book a course with a friend or family member just contact us with your preferred dates and we will do our best to accommodate you.  We operate all year.

What if I want to book just one place?

There are two options: You are welcome to book the full course for yourself or with a friend and we’ll run it as a private course.  Alternatively, we run a few courses each year on which we take individual bookings, you may be placed on a course with other students (max ratio 3 students to 1 boat/instructor).  Please contact us for details.

Do I need my own boat?  What if I already have a boat?

The RYA Tender Operator Course can be taken on our boat or yours.  If taking the course on your own boat then we can train at a location suitable for you and up to three people can be trained at a time.  If you don’t have a boat then grab a friend and come to a course on our Commercially coded ‘Ribcraft 585’ or 6.5.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course will suit those with some experience on the water who wish to develop skills or obtain a qualification.  The course can be taken by those aged 17 and over, the course has less theory than the ‘Advanced Powerboat Course’ . If in doubt about suitability please call us to chat.

How many people will be on the course with me?

We usually run these courses for just two people who book together and there is normally just one course running at a time which means we can give you our full attention.  If you have booked an individual place then there may be other students on the course with you.  You can of course book a private course for one to one tuition.

What if the weather is bad?

We are very lucky with the area in which we operate that we can usually find a protected part of the harbour to train.  In the rare event of inclement weather, we will contact you to discuss.

What if I need to cancel?

Our full cancellation terms are given in our terms and conditions attached to the enquiry email we send out. We understand that circumstances do occasionally change.  We will do our best to work with you to rearrange training if necessary.

Who will be teaching me?

The Chief Instructor will normally teach the course.  You can therefore be assured that you will receive enthusiastic instruction from an Instructor who is keen to ensure you achieve the most from your training.

Where does the course take place?

We operate in Poole Harbour.  This enables us access to our training ground very quickly and to use both the harbour and bay.  It also means we have easy access to facilities for food stops!

How do I know what to expect from the course/what to bring etc

Being prepared means you get the most from the course.  We plan our courses carefully and you will be a sent an email containing full joining instructions.  If you have any questions at any time we always encourage you to contact us as we are happy to chat through any queries.

Can I find out any more information before booking?

Yes!  Please Contact Us

What boat will I use?

One of our own ribs is usually used for the course.  These boats are very capable craft, whilst not being intimidating in size.

Where can I find out information about the course from an independent source?

You can visit the RYA page to find out information about the RYA TENDER OPERATOR COURSE and to confirm that we are a recognised training centre www.rya.org.uk.


Bookings are no longer available for this event.