Level 2

Develop your skills with our RYA Powerboat course Level 2

If you’re a boat owner or are hoping to charter a boat this summer, our popular RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is for you! With training from qualified RYA instructors on board a modern, 6.8ft rib craft boat, this 2-day beginner-friendly course runs at our RYA Training Centre in Southampton with immediate access to the open water of the Solent.

  • Perfect for those with little or no powerboating experience
  • Taught by qualified RYA instructors
  • Free ICC assesment 
  • Free parking
  • A central Southampton location

Teaching the basics of boat handling, safety and navigation, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course gives you a comprehensive skillset that will put you in good stead to skipper your next boating trip.

Level 2

Why should I choose the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course?

Perfect for both first-time powerboaters and those with boating experience, the PB2 is a comprehensive, functional course which teaches and consolidates the RYA principles of sailing. Guiding you through our practical courses are our highly experienced RYA instructors who deliver high impact, high quality teaching either on a small group or individual basis.

Located in the heart of Southampton, this 2-day powerboat course is perfect for those located on the South Coast or in Hampshire and surrounding areas. Designed to give complete beginners or those with a basic knowledge of sailing the ability charter a powerboat in the UK or overseas, our RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course is the perfect introduction to powerboating for those who aim to charter their own vessel.

With a curated list of recommended accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets, the Ocean Sports Tuition team are more than happy to find you a place to stay for the duration of your visit. For more information about where we are located, contact us, call 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

Level 2

Do I need previous experience?

Suitable for those with no previous boating experience, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course is a 2-day fast-track to competent, safe handling and navigation. Anyone over the age of 12 can take part, and our qualified instructors are dedicated to ensuring that each student gets the most out of this two-day training course, with the opportunity to learn on a 1-2-1 basis with an instructor.

Whether you are considering buying a boat, you have previous experience chartering a personal watercraft in British waterways, rivers and canals, coastal waters, or overseas, or you are a complete beginner, this Powerboat Level 2 Course is for you.

Students under 16 will have their certificates approved under the following conditions: “To be under supervision of a responsible adult” and will be capable of sailing under adult supervision.

Level 2

What will I learn?

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course provides comprehensive training into the handling and manoeuvring of a powerboat, and includes:

  • speed and collision regulations
  • anchoring
  • knowledge of safety equipment
  • turning in confined spaces
  • coming alongside and securing to a mooring buoy
  • close quarters handling skills
  • man overboard recovery techniques
  • towing
  • high speed manoeuvres
  • rules of the road
  • pilotage and passage planning

As well as teaching general boat safety, diligence and boating knowledge, the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course includes a free ICC UK assessment! If you are looking to drive a boat in European waters or the Mediterranean, it’s essential to carry the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), as this demonstrates that you are competent to charter a vessel.

Once you have completed the RYA PB2 course, you will be awarded the RYA power boat licence which, alongside your ICC completion certificate, demonstrates your competence on the water. As some of the most highly commended power boat courses in the UK, the RYA powerboat courses practice techniques, manoeuvres and best practices to keep you safe. If you are looking to expand your RYA Powerboat qualifications, you can experience further RYA powerboat training courses through the following RYA powerboat courses:

Click here to see the full RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course
rya intermediate powerboat course - instructor picking up a fender from the side of a grey rib
Outline Course Content

Day one of this two-day course will commence with a comprehensive safety briefing and an introduction to our 7.8m rib craft boat, powered by a 2021 4.6 litre Mercury 250 outboard engine. You will then have time to explore the controls of the rib and familiarize yourself with the inland waterways before we begin to practice manoeuvring, handling, and mooring techniques.

This powerboat course will be completed in inland waterways in and around local marinas, making it as real to life as possible for when you are ready to go out on the water on your own. We will stop for lunch before taking back to the water to hone your slow speed manoeuvres.

Day two of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 in Southampton will begin with a lesson in boating theory, before continuing your powerboat training on the water - manoeuvring, lunch, and the experience of taking in a sea lock! We will conclude your second day on the water with exhilarating high-speed manoeuvre practice and man overboard techniques, before retiring to Saxon Wharf for the RYA powerboat course debriefing. On completion, you will be awarded your RYA Powerboat Level 2 and ICC certificates and will be ready to start powerboating!

Level 2

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course Fee Includes:
  • Mooring Fees
  • Loan of Gore-Tex Waterproofs
  • Use of our modern MCA inspected 6.8 metre Rib (Ribcraft)
  • Rib fuel costs
  • RYA Start Powerboat Handbook
  • ICC UK assessment (sometimes referred to as ICC international certificate of competence, an RYA powerboat licence or boating licence, as it is required in some European waters in order to operate a powerboat), including ICC application form
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 certificate
  • Free Parking
  • Free refreshments including Tea and Coffee

Level 2

Course Costs

Course fee now from only £259pp*

Monday & Tuesday from 09:30 – 17:00 = £259 pp

Thursday & Friday from 09:30 – 17:00 = £259 pp

Saturday & Sunday from 09:30 – 17:00= £285 pp

Weekend group discounts

*Book two places = £274 pp

*Book three places and have the whole boat and instructor exclusively for your group = £259pp

We can also run this course in a one to one private basis, the cost of this is £777.00

All prices include VAT.

For further information regarding online bookings, ICC licence cost, boat licence prices, anchoring course fees, or general course prices, please call Ocean Sports Tuition on:
02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.
Next Steps

If you are looking for further RYA powerboat courses (sometimes referred to as RYA level 2, RYA PB2 course, RYA Motorboat courses, boat driving courses in the UK, national powerboat certificate, power boat licence or Powerboat 2 course), Ocean Sports Tuition offers an extended range of RYA Powerboat Courses as well as RYA Rib Courses (also known as rib boat licence, as it is preferred by some insurers and navigation authorities that a boat owner has undergone training).

RYA Rib Courses offered by Ocean Sports Tuition include:

Ocean Sports Tuition also offers a range of online and face-to-face theory courses, as well as a variety of boating certifications including hands on training and boating safety courses. Call us on 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk. to register your interest.

Own Boat Tuition

We can also deliver this powerboat course with an RYA instructor on your own boat.  For further information, please contact us on 02381 242159 or email info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.

RYA Approved Course Location
Unit 6 Saxon Wharf Marina
Lower York Street
SO14 5QF

Booking Details

To book, please view our course dates below and book online, email us or phone us on 02381 242159.

If you have any questions, or want to know if the course is right for you, or just want to talk in more detail about the course, please do not hesitate to call us.

On completion of the course and gaining your RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate, you can bareboat charter from us and take advantage of an exclusive discount for undertaking your training with us.  Please see our Bareboat Charter page for details.


  • Please check your eligibility to be issued with an ICC.
  • Group discounts:  applies when one booking one payment is taken.
  • Group discounts do not apply during extra peak season – i.e., Bank Holiday weekends.
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