Powerboat Level 2

CORONAVIRUS NOTICE: At current, due to COVID-19, there are some changes to the normal running of this course. This includes student screening, the use of PPE, social distancing, and enhanced hygiene protocols. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Course Information

This in depth course covering boat handling, planing speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations, is the most popular course within the RYA Powerboat Scheme as it introduces people to powerboating in close quarters but also at high speed.

The course begins in Bristol’s historic floating harbour with slow speed manoeuvring, this gives powerboat drivers the opportunity to drive in to the centre of Bristol by boat and practice mooring at the many pontoons and landings around the harbour (it is also good for sightseeing locations such as the SS Great Britain and the M-shed).

For the coastal section of the RYA powerboat level 2 we lock out of Cumberland Basin and Entrance Lock onto the River Avon and with a quick 4 mile run down the river to the Bristol Channel. The river gives drivers the chance to experience driving in flowing water and navigation as well as practical application of the ‘Rules of the Road’. Once out in the channel we work on navigation and planing speed manoeuvres between the mouth of the River Avon and Portishead. This is a navigable waterway with many docking cargo ships, tugs and yacht races to see which adds to the experience.

Assumed Pre-Course Ability
None, Beginner. May be preceded by RYA Powerboat Level 1

Ability after the course
Able to safety drive and manoeuvre a powerboat up to 10 meters in daylight conditions

  • Minimum Age: Age 12 +
  • Exam Type / Duration: Continual assessment during the course
  • Max. Instructor / Student Ratio: 1:3
  • Course Materials Provided: RYA G48 – Start Powerboating