Powerboat level 2 is one of the RYA’s most popular courses
RYA Powerboat Level 2 for recreational powerboaters is the most popular course that the RYA training centres like ourselves teach. A two-day entry level course providing the skills and background knowledge needed to become a competent powerboat driver by day in familiar waters. PB L2 is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). It suits those new to boating who want to develop the base skills and those who have boated for a while but who want to reaffirm they are approaching their boating the right way.
Practically centred, aiming to maximize the time you spend afloat and minimize the classroom time. The course focuses on low-speed close quarters handling, person overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision avoidance regulations. Attendees learn how to safely helm and crew the boat as well as getting an introduction to marine navigation. During slow speed manoeuvres you’ll safely bring the boat alongside a pontoon and learn to turn the boat in a confined space before heading out into the harbour to conduct the planing speed manoeuvres of S turns, U turns and figure of eight, picking up a buoy and the crucial skill of MOB recovery. As we operate in one of the worlds largest tidal ranges we will also look to master the skills of stemming a tide.
During the course we focus on slow speed close quarters handling, enable a person (man) overboard recovery. Introduce you to driving at planing (high) speed, and collision avoidance regulations (“rules of the road”). We’ll teach and show how to safely helm and crew the boat as well as an introduction to marine pilotage navigation.
Slow speed movements will enable you to safely bring the boat alongside a pontoon and learn to turn the boat in a confined space. Then head out into the harbour to conduct picking up a buoy and the crucial skill of MOB recovery. And at planing speed manoeuvres of S turns, U turns and figure of eights. We operate in one of the worlds largest harbours with what is known locally as the “double stand tide” so plenty of water to master the skills of powerboat handling including stemming a tide.
Aiming to maximize the time you spend afloat and minimize the classroom time; intense but enjoyable learning.
Course is Specially For
Powerboat Level 2 course is great for those:
new to boating who want to develop their base skills and,
who have some experience but who wish to ensure they are developing their boating skillsets the appropriate way.
perhaps looking to hire a boat abroad and who require an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
No prior boating experience is necessary.
The course equally suits those new to boating and those who have been boating for years.
Most people take Level 2 and bypass Level 1. You do not need to already have Level 1 before you take Level 2
Generally we operate year-round (except Xmas Day) by arrangement, Level 2s are 9am-5pm each day with short breaks and about 45 mins for lunch.
Minimum Duration: 2 completed days
Minimum Age Conditions
RYA states minimum age 12 years old.
Generally we’re content for a child over 12 to attend a course with a paying parent/guardian on your boat at any time – please call to discuss.
For our boats, participants over 16 and under 18 years of age, a paying parent or guardian must be present (with the parent/guardian’s written permission).
Those under 18 are only accepted onto courses under these conditions.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
Powerboat Level 2 (PB L2) as a two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Conditions apply, for more information see: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/boating-abroad/icc/Pages/icc.aspx
Student Instructor Ratios
Usually Level 2 course operates with a maximum of 3 students per instructor/vessel, however Covid-19 rules apply and vessels differ. We will tell you about the exact ratios at the time of booking and see our “C-19” guidance
What’s needed with you
Passport Photograph – an essential for us to issue your certificate.
Suitable Clothing for the weather conditions and boating: usually warm clothing e.g. thermal layers, fleece, raincoat/waterproof clothing, gloves, hat as well as sunglasses and sunscreen.
Appropriate Footwear: Deck shoes, Boots, Trainers.
A lifejacket(s) – it must be a minimum of 150N and have been serviced in the last 12 months. (If you do not have either a PFD or lifejacket please let us know and we can provide.)
There are also Covid rules that we must observe, please see the ‘Covid-19’ for our way of working.
Please see the notes at the end of our Booking Form document (it will be sent to you) if you decide to go ahead – or email us for this. No hidden costs – all prices are inc. VAT and fuel.
RYA Start Powerboating book or e-book and the RYA Fees for issuing the certificates upon successful completion.
Boat Fuel on our craft
Free parking at our Training Centre We would normally provide tea/coffee, but due to C19 only bottled water. Also to observe C19 precautions within our Risk Assessment we will include a ProRescue “Brandana” and or Virustatic face shield FOC etc. (www.virustaticshield.com)
You will need to provide, your snack, outdoor suitable clothing and a lifejacket.
As rules permit there’s a cafe onsite (https://www.cobbsyachtclub.co.uk/about) and there’s local shops within a short walk/drive to purchase food.
Powerboat Logbook – these can be purchased on booking. To remind, regards numbers on courses we will discuss this with you when you book – but please see below. All bookings are provisional until we confirm the booking with you – we will do this upon receiving the booking. And at the same time we will send you the Joining Instructions. We strongly recommend (but not necessary for attendance or booking) RYA individual Membership, which costs £45 via direct debit or £52 via credit card/cheque. In the price list the fee has been shown at £52. You can join at our centre when attending or simply obtain more information.
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