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Powerboat: Level 2         Navigation Books

Course Aim Course Duration
 "To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats." 2 days from 10am to 4pm
Instructor to student ratio Prior experience required
3 students to 1 Instructor & boat. No prior boating experience is necessary. The course equally suits those new to boating and those who have been boating for years. Most people take Level 2 and bypass Level 1 as it is not a requirement that you have Level 1 before you take Level 2.
This course is aimed at
The course appeals to a variety of individuals:

1) Those new to boating keen to ensure that as they start boating they are 'doing it right'. The course focuses on ensuring that you develop a really good base understanding of boat handling, navigation and seamanship. After the course you can then 'bolt on' more practical experience to really cement the knowledge gained on the course.

2)  Those keen to boat overseas and want to achieve their ICC but don't have the theory and navigation experience to undertake an ICC assessment.

3) Those who have boated a while but never received any formal training. Level 2 ensures that you will carry on but doing it the 'right way' ensuring that you use the most efficient methods and with a good understanding of the 'building blocks' of boating.

The course     minimum age 12
The RYA Level Two course is also known as the National Powerboat Course. It is our most popular course and the two days over which it is run gives plenty of time for both practical instruction and theory. Whilst at first glance the syllabus appears very similar to the level one course  the extra time available makes a real difference to the depth in which subjects are covered and thus the amount a student can learn. Your instructor will cover the following topics with you during your time with him/her:
  • Launching & recovery
  • Boat Handling
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • High speed handling
  • Man overboard

The shore based element of the course will cover: The types of craft and their respective advantages/disadvantages; engines & drives; use of power tilt & trim tabs; safety checks; personal buoyancy; awareness of other water users; application of the collision regulations (IRPCS); local bylaws; towing and being towed; communication with other craft; emergency action; distress signals; fire precautions and fire fighting and rope work. On the second day of the course we spend time looking at charts, tides and using a compass. Using these skills we then prepare a passage plan and execute it through the harbour.


In certain situations the Level 2 certificate can be attained without attending the full course. This is known as Direct Assessment and takes half a day. (Call us if you feel that your experience is suitable and you are interested in this way of obtaining Level 2).

RYA Powerboat Level 2 - 264.00