Small Powerboat, RIB Master & VHF


3 days
This course will allow you to drive a vessel that is up to 15m (45ft) long. You will also get your VHF radio license - which will teach you how to effectively understand marine communications.


Available dates:
13 → 16 September 2020
18 → 21 October 2020

Course:Small Powerboat, RIB Master & VHF
Price:$864.00
Duration:3 days
Age:16+ 


The VHF radio license will allow students to learn how on-board radios and handheld radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS and DSC-enabled radios, are used effectively in marine communications. This license is for both professional and recreational boating.

This course is 3 days long, including one day of practical sea time. The outline of the Small Power Boat course is below.

➜ 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)
➜ Glossary of terms.


The license is international recognized and is valid for 5 years.



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5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479


Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm


NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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