RYA Powerboat level 2

2-day practical course to obtain RYA Powerboat level 2

The RYA Powerboat level 2 is a two-day, entry level course that will give you the background knowledge and boat handling skills you need to safely drive a powerboat, including low speed techniques and driving at planing speed.

RYA powerboat courses are aimed at drivers of small powered craft such as sports boats and RIBs, that don’t generally undertake long or offshore passages.

Taught in English

All RYA courses are taught in English. We recommend a minimum level of B1 for 1-day and 2-day courses and a minimum level of B2 for longer courses, theory courses and specialised training, such as SRC (VHF) radio.

Quick facts: RYA powerboat level 2

Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate

For UK nationals / residents, qualifies you for the ICC

The course lasts two full days (16 hours)

You get at least 12 hours out on the water

Maximum 3 students per course

With only 3 students, lots of individual coaching!

Book 1 or 2 places on an open course

Or choose rental with tuition

Drive RIBs or hard sided powerboats

Beneteau Flyer 8 Spacedeck (2021)

Super 8 ideal boat for more experienced skippers

The details: RYA powerboat level 2 

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RYA powerboat courses are aimed at drivers of small powered craft such as sports boats and RIBs, that don’t generally undertake long or offshore passages.

The RYA Powerboat level 2 is a two-day, entry level course that will give you the background knowledge and boat handling skills you need to safely drive a powerboat, including low speed techniques and driving at planing speed.

The course lasts two full days. Each day starts at 09.00 and finishes at 17.00 with a break for lunch (lunch is not included). The RYA Powerboat level 2 course is taught in small groups with a maximum of three students per group.

Course dates

We offer courses year-round, with two sessions each week in the summer months and at least two sessions per month during the rest of the year. If you’re interested in a private course or if you’re a group of two or more, please contact us to set up a date. You can email us at courses@boatschooldenia.com or call us at 00 34 639 20 22 97 to discuss availability.

Is this course for me?

This course is suitable for beginners and for drivers with experience who are looking for formal training and certification. It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations.

You can choose to complete the course either as part of an open group or you can rent a boat for the day and complete the course with family and friends. You can also choose to run this course on your own boat.

Open groups

With an open group booking, you book a place on a course and we’ll admit up to a maximum of three students onto that same course. This is the most economical option if there are less than 3 participants; however, it’s also the least flexible option if your availability is limited. The price of a seat on an open course includes fuel and mooring fees away from our base.
Price per person in an open group: 545€

Rental with tuition

With this option, you rent a powerboat from us and we provide the instructor and teaching materials. This option gives you the maximum flexibility in terms of dates and the kind of boat we’ll use in training (subject to availability). As with any charter, you’re responsible for paying the fuel for the boat.

Please contact us if you’d like a quotation for a rental and course pack.

Own boat tuition

If you already own a powerboat, or if you have a friend who owns a boat, we’re more than happy to run your Powerboat level 1 course on your own boat.
Please contact us if you’d like a quotation for a rental and course pack.

What’s included

Your RYA Powerboat Level 1 course with The Boat School includes:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate
  • Use of lightweight inflatable life jackets
  • Cold water on the boat
  • Fuel and mooring fees (open groups only)

What’s not included

Meals are not included. On the first day of the course, we’ll return to Denia for some tapas in a local restaurant or bar. On the second day, we’ll anchor (or tie up to a mooring buoy) and have lunch on the boat.

Practical skills, including…
Leaving a mooring & coming alongside
Picking up a mooring buoy
Anchoring & weighing anchor
Slow speed manoeuvres
Close quarters boat handling
Planing speed (fast) manoeuvres
Man overboard recovery

& just the right amount of theory, including…
The Rules of the Road
Weather information
Pilotage and passage planning

The course lasts 2 full days. Each day starts at 09.00 and finishes at 17.00.

This course is suitable for beginners and for drivers with experience who are looking for formal training and certification.

The minimum age for this course is 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with a certificate endorsed “Not to be in charge of a powerboat unless under the supervision of a responsible adult”. We only run this course for under 16’s if the parent or guardian is taking the course at the same time.

You won’t need a medical certificate but you should be in reasonable physical shape. To apply for the ICC (see the tab “ICC”), you will need to sign a declaration to the effect that you are physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft.

Recognition in Spain

Unlike the United Kingdom, Spain requires that skippers hold a boat licence to operate boats flying a Spanish flag. The same rule applies if you buy a boat or rent a boat. Navigating the waters with an RYA qualification in Spain varies depending on several factors including the boat’s flag state, the pilot’s nationality, residence, and the boating location. Here’s a summary:

UK Citizens or Residents: Post-BREXIT, Spain recognizes RYA qualifications for UK citizens or residents. This makes it easier for them to rent boats or sail their own in Spanish waters. UK-flagged boats require no additional steps, but boats under the Spanish flag need registration for authorization; the process is automatic and simple.

Non-UK Citizens with Non-Spanish Flagged Boats: To navigate in Spanish waters, a valid boating license from the boat’s flag country or the skipper’s country of origin or residence is necessary. RYA qualifications are generally accepted if recognized in the skipper’s home country. Carrying proof of a qualification’s acceptance, such as a letter from an insurance broker, is advisable.

Non-UK Citizens with Spanish Flagged Boats: The General Directorate of Merchant Marine allows EEA citizens and those from specific countries to skipper Spanish-flagged recreational boats with a license from their home country. In practice, most boat clubs and charter companies accept RYA qualifications.

Overall, while RYA qualifications are highly regarded, their acceptability in Spain is nuanced and varies based on specific circumstances, especially concerning the boat’s flag state and the skipper’s nationality or residency.

 As a school recognised by the Spanish Maritime Authority, The Boat School can issue a Spanish Boat Licence to students who have successfully completed the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course. This option is not available for every course.

You can find out more about the Spanish Boat Licence here.

International recognition

On successful completion of an RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course, UK nationals and nationals of certain other countries (Recognition) automatically qualify for an ICC issued by the RYA (see the tab “ICC”).

The ICC is widely recognised as evidence of competence in most European countries.

On successful completion of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course, UK nationals and nationals of certain other countries automatically qualify for an ICC (International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) issued by the RYA.

The UK ICC is issued by the RYA issued in conformity with Resolution No. 40 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Inland Water Transport. The certificate is available to a person who fulfils the following eligibility criteria:

1) has reached the age of 16.
2) is physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft.
3) holds the Powerboat Level 2 course completion certificate.
4) meets the nationality requirements.

Who can get an ICC from the RYA?

The following countries have NOT yet adopted Resolution 40 of the UNECE. If you are a national of one of these countries and you are resident in that country or another country on this list the RYA WILL issue you with an ICC.

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Canada
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
France
Georgia
Greece
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Liechtenstein
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands*
Poland
Portugal
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Tajikistan
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
United States of America
Uzbekistan

*The Netherlands has adopted Resolution 40 of the UNECE; however, the Dutch Government has given the RYA special permission to issue the ICC.

Who can’t get an ICC from the RYA?

The following countries have adopted Resolution 40 of the UNECE. If you are a national of one of these countries and are resident in that country or another country on this list the RYA WILL NOT issue you with an ICC. If you are a national of one of the countries on this list, you should be able to obtain an ICC from your own Government provided you are able to meet their requirements.

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Finland
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Norway
Romania
Slovakia
Switzerland
Ukraine

Book your RYA Powerboat level 2

Book a place in an open group

If you choose to book a place on an open group, we’ll put a maximum of three people on your course. We need two people booked onto a course before we can confirm your reservation.

To book the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course with the Boat School, please follow these steps:

1. Choose Your Start Date: From the calendar, select your preferred start date for the two-day course.
2. Pick a Location: Based on the date you’ve chosen, select from the available locations.
3. Specify Participants: Indicate the number of people attending the course.
4. Fill Out the Form: Complete the reservation form with contact details and, if booking for others, ensure you have their personal details ready.
5. Payment: Finalize your booking with an online payment.

Remember, the course duration is two days, starting from the date you select on the calendar. Prices may vary based on the course date and the number of participants.

With The Boat School, you can choose to book your RYA Powerboat level 2 course in an open group, rent a powerboat and get training on the boat you hire or even run the course on your own boat.

Rental with Course Pack or Own Boat tuition

The Powerboat level 2 Own Boat / Rental option gives you maximum flexibility whether you’re looking for a small group (up to 3 students) or you want one-to-one training. You can choose between:

  • Renting a powerboat and doing the course on this boat
  • Running a course on your own boat

If you’d like a personalised quote for a rental with course pack or for own boat tuition, please use the contact form below to tell us what you’re looking for.

What our students think

Real reviews from our students..

The Boat School is part of Greenwich Náutica, a well-established sea school operating in Madrid and the Valencian Community. With a Google rating of 4.9 out of 5, Greenwich Náutica is renowned for its dedicated team of instructors, premium boats, and a wide range of courses that cater to all levels of sailors. As the only RYA school in the Valencian Community that also operates within the Spanish system, we possess unparalleled local knowledge, which adds significant value to our international students’ learning experience.

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Very efficient when processing my degree. They did everything for me as soon as I requested it and the little that I had to do was explained to me perfectly in an email.
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The Boat School

Recognized by the Royal Yachting Association to conduct Powerboat Training, Sail Cruising courses in the Yachtmaster (sail) scheme and Shorebased (theory) courses.

Recognized by the Spanish Directorate General for Merchant Shipping, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Region of Murcia to conduct sail, motor, powerboat and VHF training.

Recoggnised by the Spanish Merchant Marine service
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Marina de Dénia (Sail courses)
Darsena de babor s/n
03700 · Denía
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3700 · Dénia
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Carrer de Fora Mur, 12
03700 · Dénia
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