Powerboat Level 2 is the most popular powerboat charter qualification and is also known as the 'National Powerboat Certificate'.
Those gaining their Powerboat Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their ICC (International Certificate of Competence). ICCs are required in many European countries when using or chartering vessels. The Powerboat level 2 course suits those with extensive boat handling experience and those who have never stepped onto a boat before. Whilst at first glance the syllabus appears very similar to the Powerboat Level 1 course, the extra time available makes a real difference to the depth in which subjects are covered and thus the amount a student can learn.
The RYA theory element will cover the types of craft and their respective advantages and disadvantages, engines and drives, use of power tilt and trim tabs, safety checks, personal buoyancy, awareness of other water users, application of the collision regulations (IRPCS), local bylaws, towing and being towed, communication with other craft, emergency action, distress signals, fire precautions and fire-fighting, and rope work.
Depending on how an individual examiner structures the course, the second day may involve a practical assessment of boat handling capability. This will involve undertaking manoeuvres learnt earlier in the course. This test can be taken on its own without undertaking the Level two course. This is known as Direct Assessment and can lead to the award of a powerboat level two certificate.
If you have already attended a Powerboat Level 1 course you will find that a benefit, however, no prior boating experience or powerboat training is necessary or essential.
12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate