RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

Price : £300 weekdays . £350 weekends per person.  £450 for dedicated one to one training

Pre Course Experience: None

Course duration: 2 days

Start/Finish Times: Courses start each day at 9:30 hrs and finish at approximately 17:00 hrs.

Minimum age: 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Practical boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard, passage making.


Day 1 practical skills include close quarter handling at slow speed, approaching a buoy, leaving and coming alongside, turning in a confined space.

Day 2 practical includes locking out of Cardiff Barrage, timings and calculations, man overboard, and a short coastal passage.


Theory: introduction to theory of navigation, rules of the road, safety and emergency, passage planning and making, lights and shapes.

Ability after the course:

Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

What to bring:

Lifejackets and waterproof clothing are supplied, however if you have your own you should bring your kit with you.

We recommend you bring with you warm clothing ie. thin thermal layers, fleece, gloves, hat as well as sunglasses and sunblock/sunscreen. Clothes that are quick drying are preferable to jeans. Footwear is important so wellingtons are essential if poor weather is anticipated. Deck shoes or non-slip trainers with non marking soles are acceptable only when fine weather is predicted.

A passport photograph is required to complete your certificate.

Lunch is not provided but there are numerous local places to eat.

“To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats”.

This is a 2 day course that is an introduction to powerboating, theory, navigation and passage planning and making. It is the starting point for those who wish to complete the powerboat scheme.

Successful completion of this course also leads to the International Certificate of Competence – ICC – if a UK citizen or permanent resident; for vessels up to 10 metres.

The course fee includes course notes and a powerboat logbook.

This is the most popular course, widely accepted as the “standard” for people using small (up to 10m) powered craft for leisure. The course covers all aspects of handling a powerboat at low and higher speed together with the relevant supporting knowledge necessary for a safe passage.

This course can also be delivered on your own boat providing it is suitable, please contact us for more information.

Students between the ages of 12-16 will receive a Certificate that is endorsed – The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult.

* Note: It is Company policy that children and young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the course by a parent or guardian.

The RYA Start Powerboating book will be supplied to each student attending the course. Those who are looking for further more in-depth reading would benefit from buying the RYA Powerboat Handbook by clicking the image below. (links to the RYA Online Shop)


See video of RHIB Scorpio Exiting Cardiff Barrage