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Tender Operator

2 Days +

night passage


Designed in conjunction with the Professional Yachting Association, this course is for operators who ferry passengers between superyachts and the shore by day or night. There is a lot of responsibility and high standards are expected in passenger transfers in the superyacht industry. This exciting course enhances your skills to make you a valuable member of the crew.



To gain confidence in manoeuvring boats safely, smoothly and with precision while carrying passengers onboard. Learn and develop important skills in pilotage and navigation day and night and in the management of passenger carrying tenders, dealing with day to day care and maintenance of the vessels.


This course opens many doors in the marine industry as well. 

Preperation for sea
Passenger comfort
Life saving apparatus
Daytime pilotage
Boat handling
Night time pilotage
Emergency situations
Passenger safety
Legislation and guidance


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More Info

2 day course

+ night passage

Student to instructor max ratio

3 : 1

Minimum age = 17




(1:1 Individual)



(3:1 Group)



Knowledge Required

Candidates should be experienced to the level of Powerboat Level 2 certificate and are strongly recommended to hold first aid certificates and VHF Radio operator’s licenses

What To Bring


(Even if it's not sunny) We go fast so the wind might make you tear up a little.

A jacket

+ gloves and a hat on colder days. It gets chilly on the river sometimes.

A good attitude to learn!

A packed lunch or money to eat out

We have a fridge-freezer, kettle, microwave, small cooker, cutlery, plates, coffee/tea/sugar/milk for you to use.

Got A Boat?

Own Boat Tuition

If you've just bought a boat or are looking to boost your confidence in an area you are based, please get in touch! We can travel to you, or you can bring your boat to us.

  • Use of RIB incl. fuel

  • Use of lifejackets

  • RYA Book(s)

  • Use of Kitchen

  • Hot/cold drinks

  • Experienced, enthusiastic and approachable instructors

  • Certificate upon successful course completion

Skills Gained

Confidence in boat handling, working with crew, pilotage, navigation, passenger carriage, management of day or night passages in a ship to shore transfer situation and in dealing with emergencies.


When applying for work in the very competitive superyacht industry having the Tender Operators License will make you a more attractive candidate when it comes to skills requirements. If you already work on superyachts having done the course opens many doors for you to become an invaluable member of the crew.

Develop Your Skills

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Any questions? Check out or FAQs​, and please get in touch.

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Be prepared

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Boat Trips

Come and visit us prior to your course and book a boat ride with friends and family. We run our boat rides all year round and they're super fun for all. View Scotland's most exciting city along the iconic River Clyde.

Suggested Courses

We offer a fantastic range of RYA Courses delivered by our team of highly trained instructors. Although navigation and skippering boats is a serious business, it should be fun and it's our ethos that you have a great time with us!

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