Powerboat – Level 2 / International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Is this the course for me?

You may be wish to drive a RIB, have bought your first sports boat or need a certificate to drive a powerboat up to 10m - if you can answer yes to any of these questions then this internationally recognised two day course is for you.

The Powerboat Level 2 is also known as the National Powerboat Certificate and provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It is the most popular powerboat course and can be used commercially (you need also: medical certificate, first aid certificate, a VHF licence, the RYA sea survival or STCW95 and PPR course completion certificate - all of which you can take with us).

Our courses are run in tidal areas on a planning RIB and your certificate is endorsed accoringly.

Notes: The minimum age for this course is 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate. We only run this course for under 16’s if the parent or guardian is also taking the course.

The course is designed for:

  • divers
  • water skiers
  • wake-boarders
  • anglers
  • lifeboat crew
  • powerboat and sports boat owners
  • super yacht crew who drive the tender
  • offshore wind farm crew
  • harbour masters
  • safety boat crew

Course Content

Powerboat training with Club Yachting is not only about a certificate - we also want to teach you to have the necessary skills, build your confidence, be safe, and above all have fun. During the course you will learn about:

  • IRPCS - lights and shapes on different boats, and who you should give way to
  • what the symbols on the chart mean, and where you may find the symbols at sea (including buoyage)
  • how the tide is formed and how it affects you
  • all about knots and tying up your RIB
  • hull shape and design as well as an introduction to the engine
  • learn about the safety equipment on board
  • where to find the weather forecast
  • all about electronics: GPS, VHF, depth sounder etc
  • planning your passage

You will be able to:

  • leave and enter a berth ("park")
  • turning in a confined space
  • picking up a mooring buoy and anchoring
  • maneuverers at sea including: man-over-board, high speed turns, how to cope with waves
  • putting a passage plan into practice

Pre-course experience

None - though some people have done the PL 1 course

Assumed knowledge

None - just the willingness to learn and have fun


All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Ability after the course

  • be a self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft
  • skipper a powerboat (RIB or sports boat) up to 10m
  • licensed to drive with no limit on engine capacity
  • able to take an additional test to allow up to 24m

Suggested reading

Buy the RYA Powerboat Handbook (eBook) at the RYA Shop

Suggested itinerary

On this two day course you will do a quick safety briefing with your Instructor before going out in the RIB for the day. You will get a chance to drive the boat, and maybe even anchor for lunch!

Notes: It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • a client instructor ratio of 3:1
  • 2 days of tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified
  • use of our RIB
  • all mooring fees and petrol – no hidden extras
  • loan of a lifejacket
  • loan of a waterproof jacket (to stop sea spray)
  • RYA Start Powerboating Handbook
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 / National Powerboat Certificate Photo Card
  • a voucher worth €25 off a VHF (SRC) course

Must bring your own

  • Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!
  • Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past. There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is
  • UK passport sized photograph (we can print a sheet of 4 photos in our club house at a cost of £5 / €7.50 so you have spare copies for your VHF licence)
  • lunch (lots of choice in local Canarian restaurants - the menu of the day is about €10, or bring sandwiches)

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate. During the summer it is in the high 20's during the day, and in the winter months low 20's. You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan and possibly long trousers the odd cooler day in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, and maybe swimwear if you have time to anchor during your passage (check with your instructor). As the boat has limited storage space we suggest a very small waterproof bag or leave your belongings in our classroom.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray). Please give it back to us when your course finishes.

Optional extras:

  • International Certificate of Competence (sometimes needed for chartering, but your RYA Photo Card is accepted by the Spanish authorities)
  • VHF (SRC) course - make use of the €25 VHF discount voucher that comes with this course

How much does it cost?

Level 2
Cost for one person on our school RIB
Two-day tuition
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Level 2
cost if you have a group of 3 people on school RIB
Two-day tuition
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