This course provides intensive training in the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed by the small boat driver. You will learn to drive our rigid inflatable rescue craft.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 is regarded as a small boat driving licence in much of Europe and is a legal requirement for anyone driving the tender to a superyacht or working as an RYA windsurfing or dinghy sailing instructor.

The qualification entitles the holder to an International Certificate of Competence for Europe.

Course content

Day 1 – Learn to drive the boat

Powerboat theory

  • Personal equipment (clothing, lifejackets etc)
  • Parts of the boat (basic terminology)
  • Types of craft  (hull types, engines, fuel)
  • Basic weather (forecasts, sea state, effect of wind and tide)
  • Buoyage, basic collision regulations (IRPCS)

Practical skills

  • Safety and preparation (kill cord, life jackets, communications, crew position and safety)
  • High-speed handling (trim, stability, driving position, crew safety, waves, quick stop)
  • Low-speed handling (close quarters, standing off, wind and tide)
  • Seamanship skills (anchoring, berthing, handling lines, mooring buoys)
  • Emergency situations (types of emergency, man overboard recovery, marine radio distress calls)


Day 2  – Plan and execute a safe passage

Powerboat theory

  • Intro to marine charts  and navigation
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Engine and fuel management
  • GPS (waypoints and route planning)
  • legal responsibilities and obligations.

Practical skills

  • Pilotage and passage-making/crew roles
  • High-speed handling/low-speed handling
  • Seamanship skills (anchoring, berthing, handling lines, mooring buoys)
  • Rules of the road (application of basic IRPCS whilst underway)
  • Emergency situations (basic towing)
Wynnum - Manly QLD
  • Previous Experience

    None necessary

  • Course Duration

    2 Days

  • Certificate upon completion

    RYA Powerboat Level 2 International Certificate

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

Equipment and instructors

The course will be taught by experienced RYA and AS qualified instructors using our high-speed, rigid inflatable rescue craft.

You will spend the first day learning how to safely drive the boats and the second-day developing basic pilotage skills which you will then use to execute a short passage.

We operate in small groups, according to strict teaching ratios, to ensure all participants have plenty of time, in the driver’s seat, in charge of the boat. .

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