Level 1 “Introduction to Powerboating”
Duration: 1 day.
Minimum Age: 8
Subjects covered: Basic boat handling, safety and rules of the road, Launching and recovery, Ropes and knots.
Suitable for: Beginners with no or limited knowledge.
Level 2 “National Powerboat Certificate”
Duration: 2 days
Minimum Age: 12
Subjects covered: High-speed handling, manoeuvring, navigation, launch & recovery,
& man over-board, Chartwork, use of a compass and tides.
Suitable for: Beginners
Assumed knowledge: None required.
RYA Intermediate Powerboat Certificate- Powerboat Day Cruising
Duration: 2 days
Minimum Age: 16
Course Content: Pilotage, GPS, high speed navigation and rougher conditions are all included
in his course which was introduced in 2004. It is ideal for candidates who have completed the
level 2 who wish to take their power boating to a more challenging level including coastal
passages by day.
Suitable for: Holders of the Level 2 certificate looking at gaining more experience.
Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the National
Powerboat Certificate Level 2 with coastal endorsement.
Candidates are also strongly recommended to hold a First aid and a VHF Radio operator’s
certificate prior to completing the Intermediate course.
R.Y.A. Advanced Powerboat Course- Day and Night courses
Duration: 2 days + night exercise.
Minimum Age: 17
Course Content: Candidates will be taught how to safely plan for a coastal passage using both
traditional charts and electronic navigation. Search patterns, rough weather handling, night
navigation, emergency procedures, helicopter rescue and safety equipment are some of the
Prior knowledge: Candidates should be competent to the standard of the Intermediate
Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge of navigation and chart work to the level of
the Day Skipper Shore based Certificate.
Candidates are also required to hold a First aid and a VHF Radio operator’s certificate.
Examination: Candidates are examined by an independent RYA examiner at the end of the
course. There is an examination fee of £142 payable to the RYA