RYA Powerboat Courses

Beginner to Intermediate Courses, Advice on Board Service


RYA Powerboat Level 1 and Level 2

The aims of the of the one day Level 1 or two day Level 2 course is to provide a practical introduction to boat handling and associated knowledge. The course is conducted with a maximum 3:1 student to instructor ratio using a variety of craft and is suitable for those with little or no previous experience. A one day assessment for a Level 2 certificate is available for those with previous knowledge and experience.

These courses are suited for people who wish to drive mainly small, open sports type boats whether for their own pleasure or in connection with another activity such as sailing, sub-aqua diving, canoeing or water skiing. The youngest age to take a powerboat course is 8 years old but the RYA would not recommend under 16s being left in charge of a powerboat without supervision.

Level 1 provides a practical introduction to boat handling skills including, preparation, launching & recovery, safety equipment, pre-start checks and personal buoyancy.

Level 2 provides the skills and background knowledge needed to be a competent powerboat driver and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. Practical side of the course covers boat handling techniques and high and low speed manoeuvring, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside and man overboard. The theory side covers type of craft and engines, maintenance, weather forecast, GPS and International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. Please note the level 2 certificate now covers both inland and coastal endorsements.