RYA powerboat courses are primarily for those using small powered craft such as RIBs, dories and sportsboats that don't generally undertake long or offshore passages.
The types of commercial craft requiring this level certification are typically: charter fishing boats, small passenger launches, thrill ride operators, harbour patrol launches, construction site safety boats etc.
If you will be using larger boats with accommodation and the capacity to cruise or work further offshore you are likely to need a certificate within the motor cruising programme such as Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore.
If you need a Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificate in order to work on a commercial craft subject to the MCA's codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 6 waters - that is up to 3 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight hours.
Powerboat Level 2
|Pre-course experience||None. May be preceded by Level 1 Start Powerboating
|Course content||All you need to know for self-sufficient powerboating at a basic level. Course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat|
|Ability after course||Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft|
|Minimum duration||2 day course or shorter assessment for experienced drivers (half to one day).|
|Minimum age||For the Level 2 Powerboat Handling course the minimum age is 12, but a commercial endorsement cannot be obtained until the age of 17|