RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling


Powerboat level 2 is the equivalent to your driving licence but on the water. It is the minimum requirement needed should you choose to hire a boat or participate as a powerboat driver whilst diving, water skiing etc. No previous boating experience is required to join this course.

This is a two day intense and exciting course, where you will be taught to handle boats at high speed and perform manoeuvres that could save lives and get you out of trouble. With a location like we have here in Cornwall, Falmouth and the surrounding areas offer not just stunning scenery but a variety of excellent locations to refine your navigation skills on the water and even the opportunity to steer your way to a Cornish pasty.

As with all our courses you will come away with a far greater knowledge of safe boat driving and a huge grin on your face.

Course content


  • Launching and recovering
  • Safety equipment
  • Pre start checks
  • Fuel tank
  • Lines and fenders

Boat Handling

  • Starting and stopping
  • Effects of current or tide
  • High and low speed manoeuvring
  • Propeller control
  • Anchoring
  • Man overboard
  • Use of kill cord
  • Steering controls, securing to a buoy
  • Leaving and coming along side
  • Being towed
  • Basic knowledge of GPS

Theory and Background

  • Types of craft and engines
  • Weather
  • Maintenance checks
  • Emergency action
  • IRPCS (International Regulations to Prevent Collision at Sea)
  • Ropework
  • Awareness of other water users

These Come Free With This Course With Us

RYA Start Powerboating Book

This book supports the information
learn in the powerboat level 2 course

RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

This book is used for keeping a
record of your achievements and
keeping a records of your usage
of powerboats.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Licence

Given to you if you pass all elements of the course

Are you wanting to use this Qualification Abroad?

Once you have completed your RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course you can apply for your Powerboat International Certificate of Competence (ICC) 

How to Apply

What to send to the RYA

  • Photocopy of your Powerboat Level 2 Licence
  • Completed ICC Application Form
  • Passport photo
  • Proof of Nationality (photocopy of your Passport)
  • payment for the ICC licence stated on the ICC Application Form

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Example of the Licence

Useful Publication for ICC Applications

How to convert this qualification into a Commercial Certificate of Competence

Addition training you will need to have completed before applying;

Medical and Fitness Assessment

In addition to these courses you will need to complete or have an up-to date medical fitness less than one year old either an

Medical Form Downloads & Information

ML5 Medical Fitness


ENG1 Medical Fitness

Medical referrals

If you are submitting an ML5 Medical Report Form and Certificate and the Doctor has entered any ticks within the sections 1-9 or comments in section 9, your medical will need to be referred to the MCA, and they will NOT accept any medicals which are more than one year old. Please contact the RYA Certification Department for further details on 023 8060 4146.

If your medical fitness certificate has a restriction you may not be able to hold a commercial endorsement. If you are considering a seagoing career the RYA and Maritime and Coastguard Agency strongly advise that you undergo a medical or sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

Once you have complete all of the above

Send the following items to:

RYA Certification, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

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Re-validating your commercial endorsement

All commercial endorsements must be revalidated every five years by proving at least 150 days of actual sea service on appropriate vessels during the previous five years, and be in possession of a valid medical fitness certificate.

If you are unable to prove the requisite sea service but are able to demonstrate that during at least half of the five year period you have been employed on duties closely associated with the management and operation of one or more of the appropriate types of vessels, you may have your certificate considered for revalidation.

Download Commercial Endorsement Re-validation Form

Pre-course requirements:

  • Must be over 12 years old, children under 16 years will be issued with an endorsement.


Costs & Dates

Group 3:1 2:1 1:1
Price per person: £210 £260 £495
There may be an extra fee for fuel costs.

Duration: 2 days

From: 10:00 – 13:00, 14:00 – 17:00

This course is run on the days below most weeks:

  • Monday –Tuesday
  • Thursday – Friday
  • Saturday – Sunday