RYA Commercial Endorsements

If you are looking to work on small commercial vessels then you must commercially endorse your RYA qualification. There are two qualifications that you can commercially endorse, RYA powerboat level 2 & RYA advanced powerboat (with exam).

- RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2

When commercially endorsed the powerboat level 2 will allow you to work on small commercial vessels under 10 metres in length and no more than 3 miles from shore during daylight hours. 

- RYA ADVANCED POWERBOAT CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE (EXAM)

When commercially endorsed the advanced powerboat will allow you to work on small commercial vessels under 24 metres in length and no more than 20 miles from shore both during day and night. 

As well as your RYA Powerboat Level 2 or Advanced Powerboat Qualification, you will need to complete the following courses:

- PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND RESPONSIBILITIES (PPR)

A compulsory online course for RYA Commercial Endorsement holders. No matter what your role on the water, we all have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

- RYA SHORT RANGE RADIO (SRC/VHF) COURSES

When using radios on the water the RYA SRC/VHF radio course will teach you everything you need to know about protocol and how to use the the radios. This specialist course is run over 1 day and includes an exam at the end which you can book directly with the RYA (just follow the instructions sent to you when booking the course). Using specifically adapted radios in the classroom environment gives the perfect start to understanding how the radios work and can be used.

- RYA/MCA SEA SURVIVAL COURSES

This 1-day Sea Survival Course will prepare students for all eventualities at sea and is vital for yachtsman, crews, skippers and power boaters of all types. This training course concentrates on sea survival for professional crews, commercial operators and offshore race crews. The RYA Sea Survival Course covers essential survival techniques including what to do if the worst happens and you have to abandon your boat or ship. RYA/MCA Sea Survival is also day 1 of the 2 day ISAF Offshore Safety Crew Course, which is required for crews racing offshore in ISAF races.

- RYA/MCA FIRST AID COURSES

The courses cover areas including drowning, cold water shock, sea sickness, dehydration and hypothermia. They are only one-day courses but could save yours or a crew members life. These courses are aimed at anyone who gets afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. Immediate action in an emergency at sea can save lives.

THE POWERBOATING, VHF, SEA SURVIVAL AND FIRST AID COURSES CAN BE BOOKED ON THE CALENDAR BELOW

How do I apply for my commercial endorsement?

The following items must be sent to RYA Certification, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

  • Your Original Powerboat level 2/ Advanced Certificate. 
  • Your Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate
  • Your completed commercial endorsement application form  
  • Your original, completed ML5 or ENG1 medical fitness form.  
  • A copy of your RYA Basic Sea Survival certificate or STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • A copy of your RYA Marine Radio SRC Certificate or other acceptable GMDSS Marine Radio Operator's Certificate.
  • A passport sized photo with your name on the back
  • The application fee (£35)

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