RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course Syllabus

The purpose of this course is to teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planning and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the type(s) of boat in which the training took place. All RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses run from our Southampton training centre.

Course Duration: 2 days

Minimum Age: 12 years old

12 to 16 years old will receive a Level 2 certificate which will be endorsed – “The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”.

Solent Boat Training teach over 18`s only.


Launching and Recovery

Knowledge of:

• Use of a trailer or launching trolley

• Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions.

• Number of persons required to launch/recover

• Construction, width and condition of slipway

• Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores

• Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch

• Trailer parking


• Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board.

Boat Handling

Knowledge of:

• Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE plate and manufacturer’s recommendation.

• Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying away.Understands:

• Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out

• Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash

• Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream

• High speed manoeuvring: planing, trim tabs and power trim

• Planing boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering.Can:

• Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping

• Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times

• Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off. Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern.

• Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns.

Securing to a buoy


• Preparation of mooring warp

• Use of a boat hook

• Method of approach

• Crew communication

• Making fast

• Procedure when overshooting


• Approach and secure a buoy



• Method of approach in various conditions

• Taking way off

• Crew communication

• Check holding

• Depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Knowledge of:

• Types of anchor

• Stowage and attachment to boat

• Preparation of anchor, chain and warp

• Weighing anchor


• Approach and anchor correctly

• Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside


• Preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way

• Speed and angle of approach

• Wind effect

• Method of approach in tidal stream or current


• Make fast alongside

• Use springs

• Leave – ahead or asternMan Overboard

Knowledge of:

• Recovery of man overboardCan:

• Take immediate action

• Observe the man overboard

• Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller

• Approach and recover the man in the water

THEORY – Section B

Knowledge of:

• Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability

• Engines and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin screws, choice and use of fuels

• Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring and fire extinguishers

• Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis

• Close down procedure

Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters

• Use and limitations of GPS

• Application of local byelaws, especially around commercial shipping

• Sources of weather information


• Awareness of other water users

• Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals

• Disabled craft

• Emergency action preventing sinking

• Adrift – alternative means of propulsion

• Towing and being towed

• Fire precautions and fire fighting

• Rope work

• Distress signals and the Mayday call


• Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5,7,8,9, 12-19

COASTAL – Section C

Knowledge of:

• Pilotage and passage planning

• CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme


• Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems

• Tides and tidal streamsCan:

• Use steering and hand bearing compasses

• Apply Section A on coastal waters