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RYA Powerboat 2 Courses

RYA Level 2
National Powerboat
Certificate Course Syllabus

AIM: To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats.



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 way


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


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 boat hook
Method of approach
Crew communication
Making fast
Procedure when overshooting


Approach and secure to buoy



Method of approach in various conditions
Taking way off
Crew communication
Checking 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 astern

Man overboard:

Knowledge of:

Recovery of man overboard


Take immediate action
Observe the man overboard
Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
Approach and recover the man in the water



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, 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
Distress signals and the Mayday call


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



Knowledge of:

Pilotage and passage planning
CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme


Charts, chart symbols, Buoyage systems
Tides and tidal streams


Use steering and hand bearing compasses
Apply Section A - 1 to 6 on coastal waters

Practical Assessment


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