Pass your RYA Level 1 & 2 Powerboat course as you wait for the wind to build...
RYA Powerboat course
The RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Power boating is an Internationally recognised Certificate of Competence. It gives you the skills and knowledge to drive a powerboat and learn a variety of skills. Candidates will focus on close quarter handling, man over board, driving at planing speeds, VHF use, preventative maintenance, anchoring, coming alongside. and much more.
We offer guests the chance to take the course with us during their week, and to fit in around your sailing or windsurfing. The qualification that you will achieve is recognised as the key foundation to all power boating opportunities. Examples include: Hiring boats, becoming a club safety boat driver, becoming a water sports instructor or pursuing ski boat driver awards, developing skills for night driving and passage planning.
Achieve Level 1 and Level 2
Our RYA Powerboat course includes both Level 1 and Level 2, which is why it is exceptional value. It is generally run on three days (roughly 9am-2/3pm), when the winds are light and the water is flat; a glorious time to be afloat, having fun and learning new skills!
Successful completion of this course will also lead to the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). By simply applying to the RYA you can easily convert your Powerboat Level 2 to an ICC. The will allow you to drive vessels of up to 10 metres in length, UK and overseas.
How to Book (Limited Spaces)
Spaces are limited to 3 per course, so pre-booking is highly recommended. The minimum age for this course is 13 years. The cost is £195. You can book online or over the phone 0844 770 40 70.
Prebook the PB2 course in the UK before you depart and get 10% off, making the course just £175pp. If you and a friend or family member would like to do the course, two prebooked courses will receive 20% off, which makes the course just £156pp!
RYA Powerboating Course & Tasters
Our popular Powerboating Tasters are just £20. Our excellent-value RYA PB2 Courses are available in all resorts.
Taster sessions last up to an hour and give all participants around 20 minutes driving time. Receive an introduction to the controls, steering, low speed manouevres and even some high speed driving - a great opportunity to try out powerboating and see if you'd like to do the full course.
If you book a Taster and then opt to do the full Level 2 course, we’ll deduct the cost of the Taster from the full course costs.
More about the RYA Powerboating course
What RYA Level 2 Powerboating offers
• Hiring boats is more accessible if you have a qualification
• It provides a good foundation to ski/wakeboard boat driver qualifications
• You can be on the powerboat driver rota at your local sailing/windsurfing club
• After level 2 you can follow on to do your RYA Safety Boat Course, which teaches you how to deal with such things as dinghy capsizes, windsurf rescues and kite surf recoveries.
• All RYA Sailing and Windsurf Instructor courses require you to have your Level 2
Included with the course
• RYA Powerboat Logbook
• RYA Powerboat Level 2 Qualification
• Application for International Certificate of Powerboat Competence (ICC)
• The course content includes such skills as boat handling, safety advice, VHF use and preventative maintenance
Level 2 Powerboating syllabus
The aim of this course is to teach powerboat handling and seamanship
Launch & Recovery
Boat preparation (e.g. fuel tanks, lines, fenders,safety equipment, on board securing of gear)
Correct trailer usage and launch techniques
Launch & sea condition considerations (inc obstructions and other hazards)
Launch recovery manpower requirements
Hazardous slipways (e.g. slippery, steep), lee shores, beach launches
Slipway conditions, constructions and access issues
Trailer care & Maintenance (i.e. hitches, lashings, bearings, ties, lights, winches, connectors)
The effect of loading on handling, performance, trim, balance. Manufacturers guidelines
Displacement boats - Ahead and Stern handling, carrying way
Crew - Minimum requirements, keeping a look-out
Effects of wash and general awareness of other water users
Controls, steering, the effects of tidal stream and current
Low speed manoeuvreing (confined space turning, wind effect on bow, holding off. Awareness of flooding when going astern)
High speed manoeuvreing (inc S-Turns and U-Turns)
High speed activity - covering planing, power trim and trim tabs
Planing boats - angle and immersion of the propeller low & high speed handling, shallow drive, tiller/ wheeled console driving
Pre-start check list, starting and stopping the engine
Appropriate kill-cord length and usage
Securing to a buoy
Preparing the mooring warp
Boat hook usage
Communication with crew
Procedure when overshooting occurs
Approaching and securing to a buoy
Approach methods for varying conditions
Taking way off
Communication with crew
Holding ground, depth of water, scope required
Stowing and attaching to boat
Anchor, chain and warp preparation
Weighing the anchor
Correct approach and anchoring procedure
Correct anchor weighing
Leaving & coming alongside
Use and preparation of lines, painter and fenders. Attachment to he boat and stowage when underway
Effect of wind
Angle and speed of approach
Approach methods in current and tidal streams
Making fast alongside
Usage of springs
Leaving ahead or astern
Recovering a man overboard
Initial and immediate action
Observation of man overboard
Correct return, including awareness of the propeller
Approach and recovery of man overboard
Craft types - Sea keeping ability, pros & cons of different hull forms
Engines & drives - Pros and cons of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single & twin screws. Use of fuel
Fuel tank positioning, fuel lines, fire extinguishers, wiring, batteries
Engine maintenance check routines, simple fault diagnosis
Consideration of coastal water issues for inland drivers
Application of bylaws viz Commercial shipping
GPS - Use and limitations
Weather report sources
Water user awareness
Hand & audio communication with other craft
Emergencies. Prevention of sinking
Alternate propulsion methods and considerations when adrift
Towing & being towed
Precautions against fire, and fighting fire
Use of distress signals, Mayday calls
Application of IRCPS especially Rules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 to 19
The cost of this course is £195.
For more information about our course please call us on 0203 642 6754 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org