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RYA Powerboat Level Two

RYA Powerboat Level 2

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By far the most popular RYA Powerboat course in the world. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a 2-day course which is the starting place for providing all the skills and background knowledge that you need to go afloat safely.

How can I take this course?

  • On our school boat on our timetables – At Swanwick
  • On our school boat, in your group or 1:1, you choose the dates
  • On your own boat, we come to you

Additionally, successful completion of the Powerboat Level 2 course can also lead to the International Certificate of Competence – ICC, for vessels up to 10 metres.

This practical course is taught on our 7m Highfield Rib, Swiss Too.  The classroom element is taught in the Mendez Marine Office, Hamble River Boat Yard, Swanwick SO31 7EB.


Pre-course experience None

Assumed knowledge
Minimum duration 2 days, Approx. 9.00 – 17.30 each day.

Minimum age
12 years (12 – 16 endorsed certificate)

Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio
3 : 1

Course content
Preparation: launch and recovery, safety equipment, lines and fenders and fuel tanks. Boat handling and manoeuvres: starting and stopping, use of kill cord, steering controls, securing to a buoy. Boat handling and manoeuvres: effects of current or tide, high and low speed manoeuvring, propeller controls, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside and man overboard. Theory and background: types of craft and engine, maintenance checks, IRPCS (International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea), weather forecasts and emergency actions.

Materials supplied
G20 RYA Powerboat Scheme; syllabus and log book, G48 Start Powerboating and RYA Certificate

Recommended reading
 G60 Pocket Guide to Boating Knots,  G20 RYA Powerboat Scheme; syllabus and log book, G13 Powerboat Handbook.

Ability after the course
To be able to handle a Powerboat in fair weather and daylight hours.

NOTE: the Powerboat level 2 certificate can also be achieved by direct assessment. But this is subject to meeting certain criteria and is by discussion.

Next Steps:

Support Courses: RYA Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course, RYA VHF Radio, RYA Sea Survival, RYA First Aid,

Next Step:RYA Intermediate (Coastal Cruising) Powerboat course , RYA Day Skipper Theory – online or classroom

This course completion certificate can be commercially endorses. click here for information.

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