RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

The RYA national powerboat training scheme has been formed to meet the needs of those who use powerboats for leisure or work purposes. The RYA powerboat level 2 syllabus aims to provide a level of training to suit all, from casual and weekend powerboat users to commercial skippers.

Key Course Details

Duration: 2 days

Minimum Age: 12

Assumed Knowledge: None

Pre-Course Experience None

Course Price: £290 per person (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), £350 per person(Saturday, Sunday) / £450  with 1:1 tuition / £650 for three students. 2 days from 9am to 5pm (approx).

Where will this course take place? Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex


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Without doubt the most popular RYA Powerboat Course in the world, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a two-day practical and theory course which acts as the starting point for providing all the skills and background knowledge that you need to go afloat safely, including man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

The two-day Powerboat Training Course covers all aspects of powerboating, and provides the skills and background knowledge required to be a competent Powerboat driver. It is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

You will also receive the Coastal Endorsement to your certificate, which will cover tides, rules of the road, basic pilotage and navigational skills, and the general seamanship needed to keep you, and your crew, safe at sea.

The RYA National Powerboat Training Scheme is designed to meet the needs of those who use powerboats for leisure or work purposes. The RYA powerboat Level 2 Training Course syllabus aims to provide a level of powerboat training to suit all, from the casual and weekend powerboat user, to commercial skippers.

Undoubtedly, the most popular RYA Powerboat Course in the world, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a two-day practical and theory course which acts as the starting point for providing all the skills and background knowledge you need to go afloat safely. The two-day Powerboat Training Course covers all aspects of powerboating, and provides the skills and background knowledge required to be a competent Powerboat driver.

You will also receive the Coastal Endorsement to your certificate, which will cover tides, rules of the road, basic pilotage and navigational skills, and the general seamanship needed to keep you, and your crew, safe at sea.

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate can then apply for their ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Download the form together with your photo and a copy of your certificate and the licence will be sent to you. If you are a member of the RYA your ICC is free of charge, If not, it costs approximately £45. A fast-track option is available if required.

Training Course Content:

  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and Coming Alongside
  • Man Overboard
  • Navigation
  • Buoyage
  • Towing and being towed
  • Launching & Recovery
  • Safety Equipment
  • Lines and Fenders
  • Knots and use of Knots
  • Currents and Tides
  • Boat Handling
    • Fast & Slow Speed Manoeuvring
  • Securing to a buoy

The course is aimed at absolute beginners and those with some experience but perhaps no formal training, to ensure that they learn correctly and therefore have a good base understanding of boat handling, seamanship and navigational skills. Along with a proper foundation to continue doing it the right way, it will build confidence and provide the knowledge to make correct decisions, not only on the water, but when it comes to purchasing a boat of your own.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus is broken down into three sections: Knowledge of the subject, Understands the subject and Can demonstrate a level of proficiency in the subject.

Section A – Practical

Launching and recovery
Knowledge of:

  • Use of a trailer or launching trolley
  • Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions
  • Number of persons required to launch/recover
  • Construction, width and condition of slipway
  • Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores
  • Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch
  • Trailer parking

Can:

  • Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board
  • Prepare to go afloat
  • Tie relevant knots

Preparation of boat and crew
Understands:

  • Personal buoyancy and appropriate clothing
  • The use of the following equipment: lines, fenders, anchor and warp, bailer, fire extinguisher, pump, paddles or oars, compass, flares, torch, whistle, charts, first aid kit, sharp knife

Boat handling
Knowledge of:

  • Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturer’s recommendation
  • Handling characteristics of displacement boats, rudder-steered craft and shaft-driven vessels

Understands:

  • Crew members: minimum number in faster craft, keeping a look-out
  • The importance of boat control in waves and adequate seating to minimise the possibility of injury
  • Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
  • Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream
  • Handling a boat at planing speed, trim tabs and power trim
  • Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, planing and displacement speed handling, tiller/console steering

Can:

  • Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping
  • Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times
  • Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off. Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern
  • Handle a boat at planing speed

Securing to a buoy
Understands:

  • Preparation of mooring warp
  • Use of a boat hook
  • Direction of approach
  • Taking way off
  • Crew communication
  • Making fast
  • Procedure when overshooting

Can:

  • Approach and secure to buoy

Anchoring
Knowledge of:

  • Types of anchor
  • Stowage and attachment to boat
  • Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
  • Weighing anchor

Understands:

  • Correct approach in various conditions
  • Taking way off
  • Crew communication
  • Checking holding
  • Depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Can:

  • Approach and anchor correctly
  • Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside
Understands:

  • Preparation and use of lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
  • Speed and angle of approach
  • Wind effect
  • Method of approach in tidal stream or current

Can:

  • Make fast alongside
  • Use springs
  • Leave – ahead or astern

Man overboard
Knowledge of:

  • Recovery of man overboard

Understands:

  • Cold shock and immersion hypothermia
  • How and when to raise the alarm

Can:

  • Take immediate action
  • Observe the man overboard
  • Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
  • Approach and recover the ‘man’ in the water
  • Demonstrate both drift down and into wind approach method
  • Switch engine off

Section B – Theory

Knowledge of:

  • Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea-keeping ability
  • Seating arrangements
  • Stepped hulls
  • Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin-shaft drives, choice and use of fuels
  • Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
  • Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis
  • Close down procedure
  • Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters
  • Use and limitations of GPS/chart plotters
  • Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
  • Sources of weather information

Understands:

  • Awareness of other water users
  • Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals
  • Disabled craft
  • Emergency action, preventing sinking
  • Adrift – alternative means of propulsion
  • Actions to be taken by a disabled craft and being towed
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Distress signals, means of issuing distress, DSC and the Mayday call Advice for vessels in restricted visibility

Can:

  • Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12-18

Section C – Coastal

Knowledge of:

  • Byelaws and local regulations
  • Insurance
  • Boat registration schemes

Understands:

  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems
  • Tides and tidal streams

Can:

  • Use steering and hand bearing compasses
  • Apply Section A on coastal waters

The minimum age for this course is 12 years old. Generally, we’re happy for a child over 12 to attend a course with their parent/guardian on our boats at any time, but please call to discuss before making a booking. Children over 16 can attend a normal course at any time but we must have the parent/guardian’s specific permission. Please call to discuss before making a booking.

No prior boating experience is necessary to take this course. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is a perfect balance for those new to boating and those who have previous boating experience. Most people tend to take Level 2 and bypass Level 1, and you do not need to already have Level 1 before you take Level 2.

£290 per person (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), £350 per person(Saturday, Sunday) / £450  with 1:1 tuition / £650 for three students.

2 days from 9am to 5pm (approx).

Upcoming Powerboat Level 2 Courses

Please see below for an up-to-date list of all current powerboat level 2 course dates. If you have a specific date in mind that isn’t shown, then please get in touch with us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

All of our courses can be paid for by Paypal or BACS (bank transfer). If paying by BACS, please be aware that we require payment within 24 hours of booking, otherwise the booking may be cancelled.

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two-day practical and theory course covers all aspects of powerboating, and provides the skills and background knowledge required to be a competent powerboat driver.

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£290.00pp

This course is taken over 2 days

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two-day practical and theory course covers all aspects of powerboating, and provides the skills and background knowledge required to be a competent powerboat driver.

Only 3 space(s) left.

£350.00pp

This course is taken over 2 days

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