Level 2 and Safetyboat

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (Beginner) Courses

Please note that there are only 3 spaces per instructor and so spaces are very limited.

Cost: £250 (visitors) or £200 (CSBC Members)

n.b. this course is £350 or more in some centres in England….come to Cushendall for better value!P1060232

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. 

The 2-day RYA Powerboat Level 2 course includes basic seamanship skills such as handling the boat safely under power in a variety of conditions and is a pre requisite for many of the RYA Instructor courses.

With RYA Powerboat Level 2 you can apply for your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) from the RYA which will enable you to use powerboats abroad. Many insurance companies are now asking for this qualification as a condition of insurance with motorboats. Full board accommodation can booked with this course if required.

Our 2-day Powerboat Level 2 course includes basic seamanship skills.  It includes close quarters handling, high-speed manoeuvres, launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard and collision regulations.   Some high speed work will also be undertaken.

Completion of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course will enable you to apply for the International Certificate of Competence, which is a necessity for boating abroad. RYA Powerboat Level 2 is a requirement for all RYA Instructor courses and for rescue boat duty at most sailing clubs.

Your certificate will be endorsed as a coastal one when you do your course here at CSBC.

Assumed knowledge:
None. (though may be preceded by Level 1)

Minimum age:
At CSBC we take candidates from the age of 13. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Ability after the course:

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


2021 – tbc

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RYA Safety Boat Course 2021

Cost: £230 (visitors) or £180 (CSBC Members)

This 2 day course trains competent powerboat drivers in fleet rescue and the techniques required when rescuing small craft. It is useful for those wishing to assist with rescue cover at their sailing club and is also a pre-requisite for the RYA Senior Instructor course.

It includes rescue techniques, preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users,  elements of race management and mark laying.

Assumed knowledge:
Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. A RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course. You will likely be asked to demonstrate skills from the PB Level 2 assessment on the first morning of the course.

Recommended Reading
RYA Safety Boat Handbook (G16)
RYA Powerboat Logbook (G20)

Minimum age:      16

Ability after the course:
Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing


2021 – tbc

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General Information

Times:            10am -5pm each day.

n.b. you may be given work to do at home prior to the course and on Saturday evening.

What to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Your RYA “Start Powerboating” Book
  • Oilskins or wetsuits…n.b. in rough weather you can get waves coming over your head!
  • Your own lifejacket or buoyancy aid from CSBC
  • A passport sized photograph of yourself
  • Pack lunch and a hot drink

You may be sent your RYA Start Powerboating Book to do some pre-course study. Please contact sailing school@csbc.co.uk if you have a course coming up but haven’t received this yet. Also watch this video below: