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RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Courses

Duration: 2 Days

Also known as the ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’, this Powerboat Level 2 course is the most popular powerboat charter qualification.

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Individual Bookings

£340.00 per person

(We do not charge extra for VAT, Fuel or a Fuel Surcharge)

Late Availability

From £199 per person

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1-2-1 Bookings

For 1-2-1 Powerboat Level 2 courses please phone or use the Chat Box in the bottom righthand side of the screen.

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(Special Offers and Special Prices apply to new bookings only) To request further information on any Course please use the Chat Box at the bottom of this screen

Likely Participants

Powerboat Level 2 is the most popular powerboat charter qualification and is also known as the ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’. Those gaining their Powerboat Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

The RYA Power Boat Level 2 is the most popular course and the two days over which it is run gives plenty of time for both practical instruction and theory. Powerboat level 2 course aim is to teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. Whilst at first glance the syllabus appears very similar to the Powerboat Level 1 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 day with him/her:

  • Launching and recovery
  • Boat handling
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man overboard

The RYA theory element of the Powerboat Training Level 2 course will cover the types of craft and their respective advantages and disadvantages, engines and drives, use of power tilt and 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.

Depending on how an individual examiner structures the course, the second day may involve a practical assessment of boat handling capability. This will involve undertaking manoeuvres learnt earlier in the course. This test can be taken on its own without undertaking the Level two course. This is known as Direct Assessment and can lead to the award of a powerboat level two certificate.

A further consideration when attending a powerboat level two course is where you take it. Coastal based schools award certificates with a coastal endorsement. This means that the student has learnt in conditions where tides and currents must be considered. Generally speaking, if you intend using your boat in coastal waters ensure that you undertake a course with a coastal school.

International Certificate of Competence

ICCs are required in many European countries when using or chartering vessels. The Powerboat level 2 course suits those with extensive boat handling experience and those who have never stepped onto a boat before.


If you have already attended a Powerboat Level 1 course you will find that a benefit, however, no prior boating experience or powerboat training is necessary or essential.

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Will the RYA Powerboat Level 2 license expire?

No the Powerboat level 2 license does not expire, however if you have not handled a powerboat or RIB for some time then we also offer refresher sessions or mile building experience days.

The powerboat level 2 course runs over 2 consecutive days or shorter as a direct assessment for experienced drivers

For the Level 2 Powerboat course the minimum age is 12, but a commercial endorsement cannot be obtained until the age of 17. It is recommend all Powerboat drivers under the age of 16 are supervised by an adult who holds the same Powerboat qualification as a minimum.

Following the Powerboat Level 2 most students apply for their International Certificate of Competence (ICC) so they can drive powerboats up to 10m abroad, typically on holiday.
Then the next two most common Theory courses are the RYA VHF Radio Course and The RYA First Aid Course.
The next practical course to attend after the Powerboat Level 2 is the Intermediate Powerboat Course. This is a really great course that gives you the theory and practical skills to be able to make slightly longer passages than you would have undertaken on the Level 2 course and is known as the ‘Powerboat Day Cruising’ course for good reason.

Why choose Duck-2-Water?

Our aim is to provide a full and comprehensive service to boating enthusiasts. If you would like to buy your first boat, we are here to listen to what you are trying to achieve and give completely impartial advice, so that you purchase the right yacht charter for you. When you need to gain confidence or qualifications, our RYA Sea School can help at all levels.

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