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All the information you need on obtaining a commercially endorsed Advanced Powerboat license, covering required RYA courses, medical fitness certificates, and experience prerequisites.

As a recognised RYA training centre, we are delighted to offer Commercial Endorsement for Advanced Powerboat. Explore below and find out how we can help you to achieving this milestone in your career! 

Advanced Powerboat

Parameters of the Advanced Powerboat Commercial License

Is this the right license for you? Explore the definitive boundaries set in place with the Advanced commercial license.

Max distance = 20nm from a safe haven e.g. North Uist to St Kilda spans 35nm (red line), but you're always within 20nm of land on both sides. 

20 nautical miles

Under the UK Small Commercial Vessel Codes of Practice, the number of passengers must never exceed 12. 

12 passengers

You can operate commercial vessels up to a length of 24 meters.

24 meters

You can operate at both day or night time.

Day & night

Boaters' perceptions of 'favourable' weather vary based on factors like experience, vessel type, size, and planned route.

Favourable conditions

Up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Category 3 surpasses the limitations of categories 4, 5 and 6.

Category 3

Working beyond any of these parameters? Contact us to discuss your options.

License Requirements

To obtain a commercially endorsed Advanced Powerboat license, candidates must fulfil requirements including completion of specified RYA courses, possession of a medical fitness certificate, and sea time.

In order to apply for a commercial license, you must have met the following requirements:

RYA Powerboat Courses:


  • A valid ML5 or ENG1

(Please make sure your medical fitness certificate is in date. We cannot provide you with an ML5 or ENG1 medical. However, we recommend looking at the list of UK based MCA approved doctors. The average cost is around £100.)

Sea Time:

  • 30 days experience 

  • 2 days as skipper

  • 800 miles

  • 12 night hours

Completed the Advanced Powerboat course? Your sea time is reduced to:

  • 20 days experience (usually 30 days)

  • 2 days as skipper

  • 400 miles (slashed from 800 miles)

  • 12 night hours

(You'll have to provide evidence e.g. logbook)

Minimum Age:

  • 17 years old

Unsure about 'Sea Time'? Use our calculator for accurate definitions.

Commercial Endorsement Calculator

Calculate days, progress, and cost for courses and sea time. Receive feedback and suggested next steps.


How Much Will It Cost?

At Seaforce Powerboats, we're dedicated to making your journey to obtaining a commercial license smooth and transparent. With our commitment to upfront pricing, you'll always have clarity on costs. Your investment in a commercial license is an invaluable step towards a rewarding career on the water.


Explore your potential with confidence using our free calculator, tailored to your progress. Let's navigate your path to success together!

  • Our consultation coincides with the calculator we've developed. It's designed to help you narrow down exactly what you need to gain commercial endorsement. Once submitted, book your consultation at a time that suits you.

    • Discuss the field of work you're looking to get into/purpose of the license

    • Establish which license you need

    • Start booking dates for courses and begin your journey asap

    • Discuss and plan sea time building options if required, and which route is most cost effective

    • And any other questions you may have!

  • Jobs that typically require a commercial boating license include:

    • Boat trip operators

    • Charter fishing boats 

    • Harbour patrol launches

    • Small ferry or water taxis

    • Water sports instructors

    • Construction site safety boats

    • Etc...

Getting started

Seaforce Powerboats has trained numerous individuals to attain commercial endorsement over the years, leveraging our extensive expertise. To initiate collaboration for commercial training, we recommend scheduling a consultation beforehand, ensuring a streamlined process to reach your goals efficiently.

Commercially Endorsed

Powerboat Level 2

Up to 3 miles from a nominated departure point.

Operate in Category 6 waters.

Daylight hours.

Favourable conditions.

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