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Powerboat Handling Level 2

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This 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).

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed and collision regulations. The course can be taken at an inland or a coastal location.

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  • Requirements & Outcomes

    Assumed knowledge None. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
    Minimum duration 2 days
    Minimum age 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

    Course content

    Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard

    Ability after the course

    Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft

    Using your Powerboat Level 2 to apply for an ICC

    If your Powerboat Level 2 was completed before 15 April 2019, the following will be applicable if you are wishing to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC):

    • Coastal Powerboat Level 2: You can apply an ICC for coastal waters and power up to 10m.
    • Inland Powerboat Level 2: You can apply for an ICC for coastal waters if suitable evidence of coastal experience is provided or a coastal assessment completed.

    To apply for the inland category on your ICC, a CEVNI test must be completed regardless of where your Powerboat Level 2 course was taken.

    More information about applying for ICC can be found in our Boating Abroad section.

    Removal of inland/coastal category for certificates issued prior to 15th April 2019

    If you hold a Powerboat Level 2 certificate issued prior to 15th April 2019, your certificate would have been marked as either Coastal or Inland, depending on where your course was taken. If you hold an inland Powerboat Level 2 and now wish to hold a certificate without the inland endorsement, you can apply for a replacement by providing evidence of your coastal experience/knowledge. Suitable evidence includes:

    • A practical course completion certificate issued for coastal waters in another discipline;
    • A theory course completion certificate of Essential Navigation and Seamanship or higher;
    • A coastal direct assessment.

    To apply for a new certificate, please send us a copy of your Powerboat Level 2 and one of the forms of evidence listed above with a cheque for £25 payable to the RYA. Please send to: RYA Certification, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA.


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