Powerboat Level 2 Syllabus

RYA Powerboat level 2 syllabus, was taken from the RYA powerboat logbook.

Launching and Recovery

Knowledge of:
Use of a trailer or launching trolley, consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions. Number of persons required to launch & recover. Construction width and condition of slipway. Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores. Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch.

Can:
Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board.

Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping. Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times. Carry out low speed manoeuvres including – turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off. Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern.

Boat Handling

Knowledge of:
Loading: effect on handling and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE plate and manufacturer’s recommendation. Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying away

Understands:
Crew members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look-out. Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash. steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream. High speed maneuvering: planing, trim tabs and power trim.

Planing boats

Propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handling, tiller/console steering

Can:
Carry out high-speed maneuvers including S-turns and U-turns

Securing to a buoy

Understands:
Preparation of mooring warp, use of a boat hook, method of approach, crew communication, making fast, procedure when overshooting

Can:
Approach and secure a buoy

Anchoring

Understands:
Method of approach in various conditions, taking way off, crew communication, check holding, depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Knowledge of:
Types of anchor, stowage and attachment to boat, preparation of anchor, chain and warp, weighing anchor

Can:
Approach and anchor correctly, weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and coming alongside

Understands:
Preparation and use of painter, lines and fenders, attachment to boat, stowage under way, speed and angle of approach, wind effect, method of approach in tidal stream or current

Can:
Make fast alongside, use springs, leave – ahead or astern

Man over board techniques

Knowledge of:
Recovery of man overboard

Can:
Take immediate action, observe the man overboard, carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller, approach and recover the man in the water

Theory

Knowledge of:
Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability, engines and drives – advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units single and twin screw boats, choice and use of fuels, Siting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring and fire extinguishers, Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis, Close down procedure. Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters, use and limitations of GPS, application of local bye laws, especially around commercial shipping and sources of weather information.

Understands:
Awareness of other water users, communication with other craft – hand and sound signals, disabled craft, emergency action preventing sinking, adrift – alternative means of propulsion, towing and being towed, fire precautions and fire fighting, rope work, distress signals and the Mayday call

Can:
Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5,7,8,9, 12-19

Coastal

Knowledge of:
Pilotage and passage planning, CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme
Understands:
Charts, chart symbols, buoyage systems, tides and tidal streams

Can:
Use steering and hand bearing compasses, apply Section A on coastal waters

This information was taken from the RYA powerboat log book.