Gary E Meldrum Humber Powerboat School Lyndale House Mill Road Donington on Bain Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9TF Tel: 07876 685727
Courses - Powerboat Level Two


The RYA Powerboat Level Two course is also known as the National Powerboat Certificate and is the most popular course that we run. Those attending the course range from those starting out in boating and wanting to ensure they get the basics of navigation and handling at close quarters right through to those that have boated for a while and want to develop and hone their skills.

Pleasingly, we find that whatever level of experience a student starts out with they feel that they have been able to really develop their skills during the two days that the course lasts. We run these courses on a regular basis, or to suit the client’s requirements, or at any time on clients own craft.

Fundamentally, the aim of the course is to help you to become a safe and competent power boater with a good grounding in boat handling and navigation, coupled to the knowledge of how to further develop the skills you have acquired during the course. Our Instructor's aim when working with you is to help you develop at a pace that suits you having fun in a safe and professional environment.

Own boat tuition: We undertake the Level 2 course either on one of our vessels or we can do so aboard your boat – we can even do one day on our boats then the second on yours if that suits. If we are training on your craft then we will need it to meet certain basic standards of safety kit – we will provide a list for you. You will also need to ensure that is insured for the training that will be undertaken on it.

Bespoke Training:

Sometimes we find that a bespoke course will better address your needs and allow a greater concentration on the areas of particular interest to the individual concerned. For example, you may have just bought a boat and want an expert to be with you as you explore its capabilities. Perhaps you now want to undertake longer passages after many years of cruising in waters you know well and would prefer someone to be with you as you become familiar with planning and undertaking longer journeys.

For others it may be that they make less use of their boat because launching/recovery always seems to go wrong or because the challenges of mooring in a crowded marina simply spoils an otherwise wonderful day. In short, we can construct a course that suits your precise needs – call us to discuss this.

Direct Assessment:
In certain situations the Level 2 certificate can be attained without attending the full course. This is known as Direct Assessment, it does not include any training and typically takes half a day. To discuss your suitability for this assessment please call us.


Inland Vs Coastal:
A further consideration when attending a Level 2 course is where you take it. Coastal based schools award certificates with a Coastal endorsement. This means that the student has learnt in conditions where tides and currents must be considered. Generally speaking if you intend using your boat in coastal waters, ensure that you undertake a course with a coastal school.

This two day course provides the skills and background knowledge need to drive a powerboat, and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarter handling, high speed manoeuvres, and man-overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast. Only courses taken at a coastal venue will have a coastal endorsement.

Pre Course Experience: None. May be preceded by level 1.

Assumed Knowledge:

Course Content:
All you need to know for self-sufficient and safe power boating 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:
You will be a self-sufficient power boater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of your craft.

Minimum Duration: 2 days.

Minimum Age: 12 years. Students under the age of 16 will have their certificate endorsed “only to drive a powerboat with a responsible adult on board”
The full syllabus

To teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats. Minimum age 12, those aged 12 to 16 will receive a Level 2 Certificate endorsed “The holder should only use powered craft under the supervision of a responsible adult”.

Launching and Recovery:
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:
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 a 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; Check holding; Depth of water, holding ground, scope required; 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:
Recovery or 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

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 or 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: Pilotage and passage planning; CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme; Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems; Tides and tidal streams; Use steering and hand bearing compasses

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