RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course

Prices : Weekdays : £300 per person, £500 dedicated 1:1 course

Weekends : £350 per person, £600 dedicated 1:1 course

Course Duration

9.30 am-17:00 (approximate) each day with a break for lunch

Minimum Duration: 2 days

No prior boating experience is necessary.

The course is aimed at those new to boating and those who have been boating for years.

You do not need to have passed Level 1 before you take Level 2.

This two-day course provides the practical skills and theory required to to become a competent powerboat driver by day in familiar waters and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

This course can also be the first step on the journey to working commercially in the marine business.

The course aims to teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats.

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.

The course is taken at Penarth Marina on OneOcean Sea School’s 6m Humber RHIB ‘Scorpio’.

The certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type of boat in which the training took place.

The Course operates with a maximum ratio of 3 students to 1 instructor.

The course is mostly practical with the main focus on being on the water. The course does involve basic theory including safety, emergency procedures, wearing a lifejacket and lifejacket checks. Topics include preparing for a passage, Rules of the Road, passage planning, close quarter manoeuvring and manoeuvring at speed.

The accompanying book supplied with the course will cover the topics of the Level 2 Course.

The Level 2 course is recommended as follows:

  • Those who are new to boating and who want to develop their skills.
  • Those who have some experience but may lack confidence and require a safe and organised environment to build their skill set.
  • Those looking to hire a boat abroad and who require an ICC.
  • Boat owners who may need training on a RHIB prior to developing their skills on their own boats.
  • Those looking to operate commercially up to 3nm from a nominated departure point (NDP).

Minimum age : 12 years old.

A child of 12 and over can attend a course with a paying parent/guardian on our vessel at any time – please contact us to discuss this.

Children over 16 can attend a normal course at any time but we must have the parent/guardian’s specific permission – please contact us to discuss this.

Click here to see the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus

International Certificate of Competence

An International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is often considered as the international ‘boat driving licence’. It is usually required by countries/operators if you wish to use your own craft abroad or to charter one.

The RYA powerboat level 2 is the basic level course allowing you to rent a boat abroad once you have obtained your ICC boat handling licence (International Certificate of Competence).  More about the ICC here

What class of ICC can I get?:
Restricted Power (Coastal) – vessels up to 10m, Coastal – ICCs for vessels up to 10m are obtained via the Powerboat Scheme completing a minimum of the Level 2 course.
Unrestricted Power (Coastal) – vessels up to 24m, Coastal (Own Boat Only) or for those having successfully completed the Advanced Powerboat RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence (note this is not the RYA Advanced course candidates must have passed the exam), or who hold an RYA Day Skipper Motor certificate.
Inland – To obtain the ‘Inland endorsement’ you need to undertake an additional short online test – the ‘CEVNI’ test. Contact us for more details.

Your ICC is valid for 5 years.

Applying for your first ICC:
To obtain an ICC, you must complete an ICC application form in full and sign the declaration. You can download the ICC application form from the website or request a copy from the RYA Certification Department.
This should be sent to the RYA Certification Department, together with:


Renewing an ICC

The ICC is valid for 5 years.