Powerboat Handling Level 2

RYA powerboating training will give you the confidence and skills to handle a powerboat safely and make the most of your time on the water, whatever your pace.

RYA powerboat certificates are used by professional open boat skippers who need to prove their competence or require professional qualifications for work.

Birmingham & Midland Marine Services Ltd run a commercial training version of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course, a Commercial / Blue-Light / Industrial oriented version for clients such as the Environment Agency, Search & Rescue, Safety & Rescue sector clients, either not operating on Category ‘C’ and ‘D’ Waters, or, for the purpose of attaining a commercial endorsement upon their licence. 

So, whether you use powerboats for leisure, work, or in connection with another activity such as sailing or rescue, we have a course for you. Find out more about our powerboat courses below.

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). It is also one of the two prerequisites for our ‘Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operators’ course.

Commercial training

Commercial powerboat training is run at a 2:6 instructor to candidate ratio, with two boats operating at the same time.

Training can be tailored to the clients’ specific requirements in terms of the types of vessels used, from centre console RIB’s to planing / displacement landing craft such as one of our three former Royal Marines Beach Assault Craft – Mk. 1 Rigid Raiders, to fast rescue and patrol inflatable vessels with commercial tiller steer outboard engines.

Additional content covering elements such as shallow-water drive, two-stroke outboard considerations, bank-launches and casualty management are included, providing a foundation level to both the ‘Inland Waters Rescue Boat Operator’s qualification and the Flood Rescue Concept of Operations DEFRA 4 Rescue boat Operator qualification.

Bookings are ‘closed courses’ only, three candidates per vessel / booking to a maximum of six candidates per two-day course.

For Maritime & Coastguard Agency guidance on training requirements, please follow the link below to view MSN 1853 (M)

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Crew and Hours of Work) Regulations 2015 (“the 2015 Regulations”). The 2015 Regulations

re-enact the Merchant Shipping Inland Waterway and Limited Coastal Operations)