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2 Days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Our RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course provides two days of practical training giving you the practical skills and theory knowledge needed by the small boat driver. You will learn to drive our 6m RIBs at high and low speed as well as mastering parking in confined spaces.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 entitles the holder to an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is accepted in place of a boat licence in many European countries if you are considering chartering a small powerboat. The Powerboat Level 2 is also a requirement for all Windsurfing and Dinghy Instructors.

This course is approved by the MCA and it is important for anyone planning to work professionally in the Superyacht industry as they will be required to drive the tenders and support craft on board the yacht. The RYA Powerboat level 2 Course is included within our Superyacht Deckhand and Steward or Stewardess programmes.

The training takes place in the Solent which provides an ideal environment in which to develop your powerboating skills with busy and challenging tidal waterways.


  • All publications and certification
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Fuel
  • Berthing fees

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Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be 16 years old to complete the course. No previous experience is needed to complete the Powerboat Level 2 course.

Full itinerary

The RYA National Powerboat Certificate Level 2 is the benchmark qualification for driving small powerboats and RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats). During the course, you will cover this syllabus:

  • Safety at sea
  • Launching & landing
  • High & low-speed boat handling
  • Man overboard
  • Close quarter manoeuvring & mooring
  • Anchoring
  • Tides & weather theory
  • Types of craft and handling
  • Buoyage, navigation & passage planning
  • Routine engine maintenance

Related courses

Most powerboaters require a radio licence as well as training in navigation and sea survival techniques. We would recommend supplementing your training with the following courses to further boost your CV and increase your employability.