This two day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, an introduction to driving at planning speed, and collision regulations. The maximum ratio of 3 people to one instructor ensures that you get plenty of 'hands on' time. This qualification can be used to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) to use abroad.

Requirements and Outcomes

Assumed knowledge None (may be preceded by the Level 1 Start Powerboating).
Minimum duration 2 days.
Minimum age


Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate - “The holder should only use a powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”.

Course content Launching and recovery, Safety equipment, Pre-start checks. Boat handling and manouevring, High and Low speed manoeuvring, Securing to a buoy, Anchoring, Leaving and coming alongside, Man overboard. Maintenance checks, IRPCS, Weather forecasts, Emergency procedures.
Ability after the course Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

The RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate can also be attained through a direct assessment for experienced powerboat drivers. To achieve this the candidate must have at least one full seasons powerboat handling experience, as well as the knowledge to at least the standard described in the Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook. If you feel you have the required experience and knowledge then please contact us and we can discuss it.

Upcoming Courses

We can run this course on demand for a group of family or friends of up to 3 people (the maximum permissible ratio to run these RYA courses), and usually require a minimum of 2 people for the course to run (if you are the only person booked on the course then we may reschedule the course).

There are no courses currently scheduled. Please give us a call or email to enquire further.

Recommended Reading

This course is accompanied by the RYA Start Powerboating book which is sent to you when you book the course. There are a number of other books available that are also recommended reading. Click on the link to be taken to the RYA website to find out more and to purchase each one.

RYA Powerboat Handbook

This edition of the RYA Powerboat Handbook is a must if you are looking to progress to the intermediate levels of the RYA Powerboat Scheme. It has been updated with new information on electronic navigation and handling at speed, and will help you acquire the knowledge and confidence to get the most from your time on the water.

RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

This new 2nd edition of the RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook details the structure and content of all courses from beginner to advanced within the RYA Powerboat Scheme. There is also a logbook section which enables you to keep a record of your personal powerboating achievements plus information relating to all relevant shorebased courses.