RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 OVERVIEW View Dates
RYA Powerboat Level 2 (RYA PB2) offers a general introduction to power boating and teaches core boat handling and safety skills. The course is popular both with beginners and those who are self taught and now require formal certification.
The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is generally considered, the licence for powerboats. The qualification is widely recognised throughout the world. The Powerboat Level 2 (formerly known as the National Powerboat Certificate) covers everything in the RYA Powerboat Level 1 and a lot more.
HOW LONG DOES THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE TAKE?
The Powerboat Level 2 course takes two days
WHAT ARE THE PRE REQUISITES FOR RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 ?
- No previous experience required
- Minimum age of 12 years**
**Under 16s are advised, “Not be in charge of a powerboat unless under the supervision of a responsible adult”. We run separate Junior Powerboat Courses.
WHAT IS COVERED ON THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE?
This course is largely practical onboard the powerboat. There are some short theory sections to complete.
The course provides everything you need to get started with an emphasis on you becoming confident and competent at boat handling and being aware of the associated safety consideration and equipment. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 is broadly equivalent to a series of driving lessons, but a lot more fun.
The RYA Powerboat Level Two will prepare you for driving a powerboat unsupervised with confidence. While primarily a boat handling (parking) course you may consider following it up with the RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course which covers high speed navigation and passage making in far more detail.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE?
Level 2 Powerboat training at Chieftain Training is comprehensive. We aim to make life as easy as possible for our students and provide the following within the course:
- 2 days of instruction
- Use of our RIB (rigid inflatable boat)
- Loan of a life jacket
- RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
- RYA Start Powerboating Handbook
- Free on street parking
- 1 year free subscription to Powerboat & RIB Magazine
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE?
- Wet weather gear (this can be hired for £5 a day)
- Lunch (Can be bought locally, but we recommend you bring a packed lunch)
OPTIONAL RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE EXTRAS:
International Certificate of Competence
If you require a powerboat licence for driving in other European countries, we can take care of the paperwork for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which is subject to a small RYA administration fee for non-RYA members, or is free for RYA members.
Fast Track 1:1 day for experienced drivers
If you already have experience as a powerboater, need to gain your Level 2 certifIcate and don’t wish to undertake the introductory elements of the Level 2 course, you can instead attend a shorter 1:1 course which consists of the relevant coaching and a direct assessment. Please contact us to find out more.
“Teen” Powerboat Level 2 courses
Lets face it, our kids probably have more fun without us around. 12-15 years old can join our Youth Powerboat Level 2 Course. They receive the same course, however they will be learning with other 12-15 year olds.
“Family” Powerboat Level 2 courses
If you have just bought a new boat why not train together as a family. We train upto 3 of you together or can spread a larger family across 2 boats. Full information is at Family Level 2 Courses.
Own Boat Tuition
We can run this course on board your own boat. We can train 1-3 of you at a time and bespoke the course around your boat and your likely usage.
WHAT RATIO IS RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 TAUGHT TO?
This course will run with no more than 3 students per boat and Instructor, sometimes less.
HOW LONG IS THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE VALID FOR?
The RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate does not expire. Drivers who qualified some time ago and for whatever reason did not make use of their training are advised to refresh by re-attending the course. If you choose to commercially endorse the PB2, then your Commercial Endorsement will expire after 5 years.
BOOKING RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE:
The Powerboat Level Two course is run every weekend and frequently during the week. If you can’t find a suitable date from the list, please contact us and we will do our best to arrange a convenient date.
We can also run the course 1:1 at a time that best suits you and even on your own boat, if you would prefer. Please contact us for details of own boat tuition.
IS THE POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE FOR ME?
Wondering if this is the course for you? The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners wanting to gain skills and improve confidence, to those with a bit more experience looking to gain their powerboat ‘licence’. Some people’s aim is simply to be able to drive a speedboat for fun, others look to use the skill as a vehicle for their sport or job. This course might appeal to:
- Lifeboat crew
- Super-yacht deck crew who will drive the tender
- Powerboat owners
- Offshore wind farm crew
- Harbour masters, police
- Safetyboat crew and cox’ns
- Lifeboat volunteers
If you are unsure as to whether the Level Two course is the one for you, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our course advisors to discuss your options in detail.
RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 DIRECT ASSESSMENT
If you have existing experience of power-boating and require a Level 2 Certificate then there is the option to attend a bespoke direct assessment. This option will save you time versus attending a two day course but is reserved for those with existing experience.
Half day RYA Powerboat Level 2 Direct Assessment
The Instructor will expect you to perform the following manoeuvres
- Holding Off
- Departing from and returning to an alongside berth in various states of wind and/or tide
- Turn using warps
- Picking Up a Mooring
- Turning in a confined space
- Planing speed handling
You will also need to answer oral questions on the following subjects
- Safety equipment
- Sources of weather info
- Basic chartwork / passage planing
One Day RYA Powerboat Level 2 Direct Assessment
If some of the above skills are a little out of practice then we can offer you a bespoke one-day 1:1 option (for experienced power-boaters only). We conduct your 1:1 direct assessment in the afternoon, but before that, our Instructor spends the morning with you coaching those skills/knowledge which are a little rusty.
Direct assessments are bespoke, please contact us to arrange.
BOOKING THE RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL 2 COURSE:
If the dates below do not suit you we can set up a bespoke 1:1, 2:1 or group course at a time that suits you.