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RYA Powerboat Level 2

Learn how to drive a powerboat with one of our experienced instructors. This course is taught in a 5m RIB and covers all of the skills needed to become a competent powerboat driver. Most of the time is spent on the water, with some onshore theory sessions, and we try to maximise the time that you get on the helm.

This course is the basis for the International Certificate of Competence in powerboats, and we can advise you on how to get this internationally recognised qualification, required to drive a powerboat in many countries. Likewise Powerboat Level 2 can be commercially endorsed to qualify the holder to drive powerboats of less than 24m up to 3 miles from a nominated departure point.

If you already have powerboat handling experience we can offer a direct assessment, which takes around 2 hours and costs £145, including all certificate and book costs. If you are interested in this option please contact us at

Course Information


  • Boat handling

  • Launch and recovery

  • Securing to a buoy

  • Anchoring

  • Leaving and coming alongside

  • Man overboard recovery

  • Basic navigation, tides and weather

  • Choice of boat

Working towards

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling, based on continuous assessment throughout the course


  • age 12+*

  • no experience necessary.

*Under 16s are only qualified to operate a powerboat under the supervision of a competent adult.

Course length

2 days (or 4 evenings)

Course times

9:30 am - 5:00 pm each day

What do you need to bring?

  • Warm layers

  • Tough boots or shoes, ideally waterproof

  • A passport photo for the certificate

  • Lunch (kettle and microwave available)

What do we provide?

  • Start Powerboating book

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Warm drinks and biscuits during the course

Maximum teaching ratio

3 students per instructor


£325 per person

Any questions? Send us an email at

Course Dates and Booking


None of the dates below suit? Register your interest in a course here, and we will send you an email when new dates are scheduled. We can sometimes arrange extra dates for courses where there are multiple students interested, send us an email at

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