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RYA Powerboat Level 2

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Courses

Duration: 2 Days in Southampton

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course (incorporating the Powerboat ICC), also known as ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’ or PBL2, is the most popular powerboat training qualification. Book your powerboat course today at Duck-2-Water and receive your Powerboat Level 2 Certificate and apply to the RYA for your ICC.

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Individual Bookings

List Price £375.00 per person

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

Late Availability

From £275 per person

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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

Why Choose the Course?

The Powerboat Level 2 qualification is also known as the ‘Powerboat Handling Level 2’. Those gaining their Powerboat Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their Powerboat ICC (International Certificate of Competence) up to 10 metres in length.

The RYA Power Boat Level 2 is by far the most popular powerboat training course and the two days over which it is run gives plenty of time for both practical powerboat instruction and navigational theory. Powerboat level 2 course aim is to teach powerboat 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.

What Is Covered in the Course?

This powerboat course teaches you the basics of handling a powerboat including safety and navigation. It essentially provides you with the skills you need to charter a powerboat on your next trip away or abroad.

When you take the PB2 course with Duck-2-Water, qualified RYA instructors will provide training on a modern and fully-equipped powerboat. Your instructor will cover the following topics with you during your 2 days with him or her:

  • Launching and recovery
  • Powerboat 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 powerboat instructor 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 PB2 course with a PBL2 coastal school.

International Certificate of Competence

ICCs are required in many European countries when using or chartering vessels. It shows your competence and is essential to skipper a boat in the Mediterranean or European waters. The Powerboat level 2 course suits those with extensive boat handling experience and those who have never stepped onto a boat before. Once you have successfully completed your Powerboat Level 2 course with Duck-2-Water you can apply to the RYA for your ICC at the following webpage ICC Application

Course Requirements

You do not need to have attended a Powerboat Level 1 Course in order to do this course. 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 if you want to take the course, and it is open to anyone over the age of 12.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 ICC Course suits both those with extensive boat handling experience and those who have never stepped onto a boat before.

A further consideration when attending the RYA Powerboat Level 2 ICC Course is where you take it

As we are a coastal based school we are able to award certificates with a coastal endorsement with all our courses being held at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton SO14 3XB UK (near Shamrock Quay Marina & Ocean Quay Marina) and in the Solent area.

This means that the student has learnt in conditions where tides and currents must be considered. Generally speaking, if you intend to use your boat in coastal waters, ensure that you undertake a course with a coastal school.


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.

None, the RYA powerboat level 2 course assumes no previous experience. The powerboat level 2 course is a great foundation Powerboating course and can be attended bu anyone aged 12 or older.

The maximum student to instructor ratio on a Powerboat course is 3:1 per powerboat or RIB.

This is dependant upon the local laws of the country you are driving your powerboat or RIB in but typically you can drive any powerboat up to 10 metres in length with any horsepower engine.

Please contact the RYA Certification Department who will advise you the process to obtain a replacement Powerboat Level 2 Certificate.

On successful completion of your Powerboat Level 2 course Apply to the RYA at the following webpage; ICC Application

Book Your Course Today

If you are interested in taking the RYA Powerboat Level 2 ICC Course, you can book your place today via the website. Alternatively, if you have any questions, just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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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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