Course Overview

RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a popular entry level course that provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat at speed and in close quarters. It also enables the holder to obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

This two-day course is based at our training facilities in Haslar Marina, where you will spend most of the first morning. Once out on the water, the busy Portsmouth Harbour & The Solent provides ample opportunity to practice close quarters boat handling and we’re minutes away from the central Solent where driving at planing speed and high-speed manoeuvers can be taught in open water. You will also focus on man overboard recovery, and cover the collision regulations as they apply to powerboats.

Powerboat Level 2 is an excellent confidence-builder. Whether you’re planning to do high speed day trips with friends, or simply exploring rivers further upstream with the kids, this course equips you with skills and knowledge needed to be safe and have a good time out on the water in a powerboat.
Powerboat Level 2 is available for children from the age of 12 upwards, when accompanied by an adult or guardian, so the whole family can learn to drive the boat safely.

If you can’t commit to two days together give us a call to discuss splitting the days.

Book and complete this course between October and March and receive your RYA SRC Radio course for just £39.00 (normal price £99.00).

Price : £249

Pre-Course Experience

No experience required.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of navigation will be very helpful to you during this course. We recommend the RYA Essential Navigation theory course which we can arrange prior your practical powerboat course.

Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 3:1


2 days, usually from 09.00 to 17.30.

Course Content
  • Use of a trailer or launching trolley
  • Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions
  • Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board
  • Slow speed boat handling
  • Safety advice & techniques
  • Anchoring & securing to buoys
  • Berthing in various conditions and different techniques
  • Safety equipment onboard
  • Passage planning
  • Use of planing speed
Ability after Course

You will be able to handle a powerboat and have fun on the water whilst being aware of your own limitations and those of your craft.

Course Syllabus
  1. Launching and recovery

    • 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
    • Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board
  2. Boat handling

    • Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE Plate and manufacturer’s recommendation
    • Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way
    • Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out
    • 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, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering
    • 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
    • Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns
  3. Securing to a buoy

    • Preparation of mooring warp
    • Use of a boat hook
    • Method of approach
    • Crew communication
    • Making fast
    • Procedure when overshooting
    • Approach and secure to buoy
  4. Anchoring

    • Method of approach in various conditions
    • Taking way off
    • Crew communication
    • Check holding
    • Depth of water, holding ground, scope required
    • Types of anchor
    • Stowage and attachment to boat
    • Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
    • Weighing anchor
    • Approach and anchor correctly
    • Weigh anchor correctly
  5. Leaving and coming alongside

    • Preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way
    • Speed and angle of approach
    • Wind effect
    • Method of approach in tidal stream or current
    • Make fast alongside
    • Use springs
    • Leave – ahead or astern
  6. Man overboard

    • Recovery or man overboard
    • Take immediate action
    • Observe the man overboard
    • Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
    • Approach and recover the man in the water
  7. Theory

    • Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability
    • Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin screws, 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
    • Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping
    • Sources of weather information
    • Awareness of other water users
    • Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals
    • Disabled craft
    • Emergency action, preventing sinking
    • Adrift – alternative means or propulsion
    • Towing and being towed
    • Fire precautions and fire fighting
    • Ropework
    • Distress signals and the Mayday call
    • Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5,7,8,9,12-19
  8. Coastal

    • Pilotage and passage planning
    • CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme
    • Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems
    • Tides and tidal streams
    • Use steering and hand bearing compasses
    • Apply Section A on coastal waters

What’s Included

You’ll be based at our well-equipped training facilities at Haslar Marina and included in your course price is:

RYA Start Powerboating handbook

Refreshments throughout the course

All mooring fees

All fuel costs

Use of safety kit (wet weather clothing can be hired should you need it)

RYA certification for all successful students

Use of the training RIB



Optional Extras:
• RYA Powerboat Log book to keep track of your new qualifications
• Lunches
• International Certificate of Competence license (Around £40)
• RYA Membership

Please bring with you a passport photograph for your certification


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