Would you drive a car for the first time without having a driving lesson? We see these courses as "driving lessons for boats" and you get a "driving licence" at the end of it!
RYA Powerboat Level 1
This one day course is a very basic introduction to powerboating most people go straight to level 2.
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA powerboat courses are primarily for those using small powered craft such as RIBs, dories and sportsboats that don’t generally undertake long or offshore passages.
The types of commercial craft requiring this level certification are typically: charter fishing boats, small passenger launches, thrill ride operators, harbour patrol launches, construction site safety boats etc.
If you will be using larger boats with accommodation and the capacity to cruise or work further offshore you are likely to need a certificate within the motor cruising programme such as Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster™ Offshore.
If you need a Powerboat Level 2 certificate in order to work on a commercial craft subject to the MCA’s codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 6 waters – that is up to 3 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight hours.
RYA Powerboat Level 2:
No pre-course experience required, may be preceded by Powerboat Level 1
No assumed knowledge
The course covers all you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating at a basic level. Including launching, mooring, anchoring and plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat.
This is a 2 day course
The min age is 12 - the certificate is restricted for under 16s
All you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating at basic level. Course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat.
* If you are planning on using your RYA Powerboat level 2 abroad you will need to apply for an Intentional Certificate of Competence (ICC). This can be done by sending your Powerboat certificate of to the RYA after you have completed your course. There is a charge for this application