The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course has been designed to provide you with strong foundation in powerboating and the skills you need to take charge of a vessel during daylight hours.

The course is over two days and the syllabus is divided into 2 distinct areas; theory and practical boat handling.

Duration 2 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost £275.00
Minimum Age 12 years
Pre-requisites None
Course content Syllabus


  • Launching and recovering
  • Safety equipment
  • Lines and fenders
  • Fuel tanks


  • Effects of current or tide
  • High and low speed manoeuvring
  • Propeller controls
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man overboard


  • Types of craft and engine
  • Maintenance checks
  • Weather forecasts
  • Emergency action
Total number of places on Course 3

Class Room Theory

This will provide you with the background knowledge to ensure effective learning, including details of the different hull types and engines as well as their handling ability. The theory will assist your progress in purchasing or hiring a vessel.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course begins by teaching boat preparation. As a result you can find out how to do boat maintenance checks and take emergency action if necessary. It also shows you how to check fuel tanks, lines and fenders, and safety equipment. This is important because the driver is responsible for ensuring the boat is in the right condition and safe to drive afloat.

An important thing you will learn is how to understand the use of a basic chart and its different colours. The charts have essential info regarding tidal heights, buoyage, and what to do dependent on each buoy colour. It sounds difficult but it is very similar to using a road map.

Another vital thing the course teaches is how to prepare a boat for safe launch and how to carry out launches and recoveries as safely as possible. This includes the legal requirements when trailing a boat on the road.


On the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course, learners will spend time mastering boat handling and several essential manoeuvres. For example, you will learn how to handle a powerboat at slow speed and close quarters. This includes handling when coming alongside, anchoring, approaching and securing to a buoy. There will be high planing speed manoeuvres, S & U turns, and stopping to learn, as well as understanding boating at safe speed.

One of the most important things the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course will teach you is what to do when there is a man overboard. Acting correctly here is vital and could be the difference between successfully rescuing someone and causing them further harm. You will need to use several slow speed manoeuvres here.

Learn with us

Safe Water Training Sea School Ltd is a coastal based centre using coded boats afloat at sea on the challenging waters of Liverpool bay. When you learn with us you can actually put your learning experience of both theory and practical tuition to best use.

Would you think you are getting best value for money if you spent 2 days in a dock or lake with no tidal flow or practical use of passage planning? It has always been our aim to provide value for money and safe fun. In 2020 we go into our 30th year of powerboat training. This shows that our approach is one learners appreciate.

All of our courses are led by experienced, fully qualified professionals. As a result, you will receive the highest quality instruction and master the skills you need. All our members of staff are fully qualified and committed to our aims.

Applying for an ICC

When you pass the course, the holder of a RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate can apply directly to the RYA for the issue of an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). This allows you to hire any powered craft up to 10m and is suitable for use at home and abroad.

Book the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course now

If you want to start learning you can book a course with us. Check the dates by clicking the button below. You can then call us to secure your place.