Originally Posted by gtflash
A mate of mine is a skipper for a rib and 60' power yacht. Got me thinking, what would I have to do to make this an option.
Not really looking to make a career out of it, till semi retirement in decades time, but can't get my head around the advanced, instructors, commercially endorsed levels etc. I only have pb2 to my name
Depends what you want to skipper and who for!
Commercial Skippers need to do the RYA "Professional Responsibilities" course/exam (that name is not quite right but you'll find it). The rules should become clearer on that.
Then your PB2 can be commercially endorsed (need medical, vhf, first aid etc, but no new test of your boat handling). It needs renewing (5yrs?) so don't do it too soon if you don't plan to use it.
A commercial PB2 is pretty restricted on which boats he can helm though. It might be enough in the Solent? You'll find your options limited though if that is all you have.
Advanced Powerboat is the only other "small" powerboat course that you get commercially endorsed. The training and exam have changed somewhat over the last few years and probably best explained by the course provider, but the training part and exam are now separate, and the commercial endorsement follows after (with medical etc too). So three parts to complete to get that.
Another route (particularly if you are thinking "big" boats) is Yachtmaster Power which can be commercially endorsed too.
To become a Powerboat Instructor you don't need to be commercially endorsed. You can become an "RYA PB2" instructor without doing the advanced powerboat course yourself (although it might be wise to). I'd be surprised if many people are making money just as PB2 Instructors unless they set up a "school" just for that. You are competing against instructors with other experience like sailing, windsurfing, vhf, first aid.
The next stage beyond that is Advanced Powerboat Instructor but then you are running before you can walk.