Whether you go boating in a RIB, a sportsboat or a cruiser, powerboating is exhilarating, fun and fast. Attending a suitable training course is increasingly being viewed as the means to gain experience, knowledge and safety for you, your family and friends through a better understanding of a powerboat’s capabilities and of how to harness it’s power. We have three boats, a 8.5m BWM RIB with 260 HP diesel , a 6.2 m Rib (110HP) and a Baja 200 SS powerboat ( Chevrolet V8 270HP).
What to Bring:
If you have your own set of waterproofs, then feel free to bring them along. A warm hat, such as a ‘thinsulate’ hat is excellent for keeping the heat in. Also gloves and warm socks depending on the time of year. We have tea, coffee and biscuits and for lunch either bring a packed lunch or visit the local pubs – for food that is!
Course: RYA Powerboat Level Two Course
Duration: 2 days
Our two day course is run either one to one or with a maximum of three students to one instructor. The course provides the knowledge and skills to use a powerboat safely in coastal waters. Classroom theory is combined with coastal water tuition in St. Austell bay using Charlestown harbour as our base. No previous experience necessary.
This is the most popular powerboat qualification and is also known as the ‘National Powerboat Certificate’. Those gaining their 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 course suits those with extensive boat handling experience and those who have never stepped onto a boat before.
The RYA Level Two course is also known as the National Powerboat Certificate. It is the most popular course and the two days over which it is run gives plenty of time for both practical instruction and theory. The course aims to: “teach boat handling and seamanship in powerboats.” Whilst at first glance the syllabus appears very similar to the level one 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 instructor, Bruce Keeping, will cover the following topics with you during your day(s) with the school.
- Launching and recovery
- Boat Handling
- Securing to a buoy
- Leaving and coming alongside
- Man overboard
The shorebased element of the course will cover: The types of craft and their respective advantages/disadvantages; engines & drives; use of power tilt & 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 the course is progressing, 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 level two certificate. A further consideration when attending our level 2 Course is that it is coastal, i.e. you learn in conditions where tides and currents must be considered. Very important if you are sea or estaury based.
Further information on all of the powerboat courses that comprise the National Powerboat Scheme can be found in RYA Powerboating Logbook (G20/96) which is available from this school, the RYA or all good chandlers.