RYA Powerboat Level 2 / ICC

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Powerboat courses run on the south coast


Whether you are new to powerboating or have some experience and are looking for certification, the Powerboat Level 2 course could well be for you. Level 2 offers a general introduction to powerboating and teaches core boat handling and safety skills.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course is also known as the 'National Powerboat Certificate' and is generally considered as the licence for powerboats; it is often deemed the equivalent to a driving licence. The qualification is widely recognised throughout the world.

Powerboat training with Stormforce Coaching isn't all about the certification, though. The two day course will equip students with the necessary safety skills and help to build confidence but it is also about having fun. Satisfy your need for speed in our relaxed and safe environment with this ever popular powerboat course.  

Course Duration:

The Powerboat Level 2 course takes two days (0930 to 1700 hrs) to complete.

As one of our most popular training courses, it runs every weekend and frequently during the week. Please contact us if you would like to book the course on a specific date as we are happy to set up courses to accommodate individual needs. 

Pre Requisites:

  • This course is suitable for beginners and for those drivers with some experience who are looking for formal training.
  • Minimum age of 12 years applies; certificates for under 16s will be endorsed as "Not to be in charge of a powerboat unless under the supervision of a responsible adult".
speedboat instruction in Southamptom

Course Content:

You will find a sample programme of the course below, the exact programme does vary sometimes around tides and weather. This course is largely practical so although there are some theory sections to complete wherever possible this is done on board the powerboat.


The course essentially provides everything you need to get started with an emphasis on you becoming confident and competent at boat handling and being aware of the associated safety consideration and equipment. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 is broadly equivalent to a series of driving lessons, but a lot more fun.


AMWelcome briefing IRPCS- Rules of the Road  
 Clothing & Lifejackets Knots and securing alongside Stowage of Dive Kit
 Intro to the boat & kit onboard Hull shapes & engine types  
 Pre Start Checks & Familiarisation     
 Holding off & Berthing    
 Turning in a confined space    
 PMPicking up a mooring Bouyage (on chart and at sea)  
 Anchoring Tides & tidal heights Shot Lines
 Slow-speed man overboard  Lifting a person back on board  Anchoring near a wreck
 Further berthing & ferry gliding Chart Familiarisation Recovery of a diver
 Turning using warps  Distress alerting  



AMHigh Speed Handling Sources of weather forecast  
 Active passage to Hamble for lunch Passage Planning  
 Further berthing    
PMRefuelling Launch & recovery (by trailer) CEVNI test 
 GPS & waypoints Towing & Being Towed  
 Return Passage Debrief & certification  
 High Speed MOB  


  • Black sections are for all students
  • Blue section is for BSAC Boat Handling (optional additional certificate)
  • Green section is for students who require the inland CEVNI endorsement to an ICC


The Powerboat Level Two will prepare you for driving a powerboat unsupervised with confidence, while primarily a boat handling course you may consider following it up with the RYA Intermediate Powerboat Course which covers high speed navigation and passage making in far more detail.


Watch the video for an example of what the course entails


What's Included:

Level 2 Powerboat training at Stormforce Coaching is comprehensive. We aim to make life as easy as possible for our students and provide the following within the course:

  • 2 days of instruction
  • Use of our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats)
  • Fuel
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
  • RYA Start Powerboating Handbook
  • Free parking on site at Shamrock Quay Marina ( Subject to terms & conditions )
Powerboat level 2 courses taught every weekend and most weekdays

What's Not Included:

You may wish to bring your own:

  • Wet weather gear (although this can be hired for £5 a day)
  • Lunch (available to buy locally)

Optional Extras:

International Certificate of Competence

If you require a powerboat licence for driving in other European countries, we can take care of the paperwork for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which is subject to a small RYA administration fee for non-RYA members, or is free for RYA members.

Fast Track 1:1 day for experienced drivers

If you are a more experienced powerboater hoping to gain your National Powerboat Certificate and don't wish to undertake the introductory elements of the Level 2 course, you can instead attend a shorter 1:1 course which consists of the relevant coaching and a direct assessment. Please contact us to find out more.

"Ladies Only" powerboat Level 2 courses

In the past, some of our female customers have told us that they would prefer to learn with other ladies. We understand that it's important to feel comfortable in your environment in order to learn, so are happy to run 'Ladies Only' courses. If you would prefer to learn alongside other women, and also with a female instructor, please contact one of our course advisors on 02380 231122 or coaching@stormforce.biz

Own Boat Tuition

We frequently run this course on board a student's own boat instead of ours. We can train 1-3 of you at a time and bespoke the course around your boat and your likely usage.

Recommended Pre-Course Reading and Useful Books:

Buy RYA Powerboat Handbook at the RYA ShopBuy RYA Powerboat Logbook at the RYA Shop


The Powerboat Level Two course is run every weekend and frequently during the week. If you can't find a suitable date from the list, please telephone 02380 231122 as we will do our best to arrange a convenient date. 

We can also run the course 1:1 at a time that best suits you and even on your own boat, if you would prefer. Please contact us for details of own boat tuition.

Is this course for me?

Wondering if this is the course for you? The Powerboat Level 2 course is suitable for a wide range of people, from beginners wanting to gain skills and improve confidence, to those with a bit more experience looking to gain their powerboat 'licence'. Some people's aim is simply to be able to drive a speedboat for fun, others look to use the skill as a vehicle for their sport or job. This course might appeal to:

  • Water-skiiers
  • Wake-boarders
  • Divers
  • Anglers
  • Lifeboat crew
  • Super Yacht deck crew who drive the tendor
  • Powerboat owners
  • Offshore wind farm crew
  • Harbour masters, police
  • Safetyboat crew and cox'ns 

If you are unsure as to whether the Level Two course is the one for you, please don't hesitate to contact one of our course advisors to discuss your options in detail on 02380 231122.

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

Stormforce Coaching is a family run business with a strong ethos committed to delivering the best quality training courses. We want you to learn and get the skills you sign up for, but we also want you to have fun. 

We've been in the business for over a decade and know what works best. We have 9 RYA Powerboat Instructors on our full time staff, meaning we do not have to rely on external contractors and can offer our customers a consistently high quality course. It doesn't matter which course you book onto or on which date: you will be guaranteed to receive the best level of training possible. 

We think it important for our students to learn with high quality, modern kit, so this is what we provide as standard. We update the fleet regularly, with the eldest RIB in our fleet bought new in 2010 and our XS Powerboats (6 & 7m) bought specifically for training purposes. 

We also have two RYA Powerboat Trainers among our full time staff (this is the highest powerboat appointment within the RYA schemes). As a result, our Instructors are kept on their toes, delivering a consistently high standard and course content will always be fresh and up to date. We count ourselves lucky to have such a luxury; very few Training Centres have even one RYA Trainer, far less have two and we hope you can benefit from this as much we do.

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