RYA Power Boat Courses (PB2)

RYA Powerboat level 2

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

The RYA Powerboat level 2 course will supply you with the knowledge to confidently drive a powerboat and have sufficient knowledge around the essential areas, to ensure you are safe while afloat.

  1. Required knowledge:  None. May be preceded by Level 1
  2. Minimum duration:  2 days
  3. Minimum age:  12 (endorsement applied to under 16s)
  4. Course content:  Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard
  5. Ability after the course: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft

The RYA Power boat 2 course covers the following topics:

  • Launching & Recovery
  • Safety Equipment
  • Lines and Fenders
  • Knots and use of Knots
  • Effects of Current or Tide
  • Boat Handling – power Trim and Tilt Fast & Slow Speed Manoeuvring
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and Coming Alongside Man Overboard
  • Navigation
  • Buoyage
  • Towing and being towed

About the Course:

This course is completed over a two day period. During the two days you will spend a large quantity of the time on the water using learning with a very hands-on approach. We will also spend some time in the classroom and you will be expected to complete homework as part of the course. The course covers a lot of ground so be prepared to learn as you will be expected to demonstrate that you have mastered the skills you have been taught in order to pass the course.

The course will begin at 9am and finish at around 5pm on both days.

Day one (weather permitting) involves our introduction to the boat, safety equipment and clothing, boat handling and slow speed manoeuvres. Our first day concludes with a theory session where we look at Bouyage systems, charts, basic navigation methods and weather/tides.

Day two (Weather permitting) involves man over board drills, anchoring, high speed manoeuvring.

Benefits of holding an RYA powerboat level 2 qualification:

  • Many employers have this as requirement at a minimum. Following this qualification students can go on to take their International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is a legal requirement for working with boats abroad.
  • Those who are new to boating will be able to ensure that they are starting in the right way, safely. The course focuses on ensuring that you develop a really good base understanding of boat handling, navigation and seamanship. After the course you can then ‘bolt on’ more practical experience to really cement the knowledge gained on the course.
  • For anyone who is thinking about buying a boat the rya pb level 2 course serves as a great way to become a more ‘educated buyer’. Being around so many boats and able to discuss the pros and cons of the various styles with the Instructor really helps when it comes to assessing the huge number of craft out there to buy.
  • If you own your own boat having the RYA powerboat 2 qualification could lower your insurance premiums as well as allow you to insure your boat through the RYA.
  • The course is relevant whether you have your own boat or don’t ever intend owning your own craft.

For group bookings please contact us directly as we try to be as flexible as possible. The course costs include the certificates and necessary books/manuals. We will provide lifejackets (unless you prefer to use your own) however trainees should also bring:

Waterproof/wet weather gear.

During this course you will be on the water and getting wet. Also bring warm tops and a change of clothes in case you get really wet. Shower facilities are available for you to use. Please bring wellies to wear on the water, of if you prefer deck shoes, but be warned these will get wet and you might get cold. Black soles and open toed sandals will not be allowed on the water.

Sun protection

Bring sun glasses as the flare from the sea can be intense even on overcast days. High factor sun cream is essential for everyone. A hat also provides extra protection on sunny days.


If you need to use glasses for reading please bring them and also if you require glasses to operate machinery please bring them as you will need them on the water. Please take necessary precautions against these falling into the water!


If you are taking any medication this must be indicated on the medical form at the start of the course. Please make sure you inform your instructor of this and bring any necessary medication with you.

Food and drink

We will provide tea coffee and soft drinks during the course. You will need to either bring your own lunch or money to buy some lunch each day. There are plenty of places in Beaumaris which offer food at lunch time.

Two passport size photos

On passing the course you will be issued with an official RYA certificate, and a passport photo of you will be required to complete this. Certificates cannot be issued without a photograph. Your certificate will then be officially registered with the RYA via its online registration system.


As noted in the booking form you are not insured for personal injury or loss of any items. You are advised to make direct arrangements with your own insurers if you consider such cover necessary.

RYA log book

If you already have an RYA log book you can bring this with you alternatively they are available for purchase from the RAYC at a cost of £10.

Training Dates at RAYC.

To reserve your place, please email.