The most popular RYA practical course, Powerboat Level 2 is often referred to as the National Powerboat Certificate. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to handle a small powerboat and is applicable to a wide variety of craft. The course completion certificate can be commercially endorsed for those who wish to work on the water and it also forms the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.


This comprehensive 2-day course lays a solid foundation for all future boating. Although aimed at beginners, those with some experience will still benefit greatly. Primarily a practical course, students spend plenty of time on the water, learning the fundamentals of boat handling. From coming alongside and picking up a mooring buoy, to anchoring and high-speed manoeuvres, all the key skills are introduced.

The course also covers the basics of navigation- charts, tides, weather and passage planning. On Day two, students undertake a short coastal passage to put their new skills into practice. Other key background topics include what to do in the event of various emergency situations and the collision regulations. The online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course particularly compliments this practical course. 

None. This is an entry-level course and can be undertaken regardless of experience level (you do not need to have attended the Powerboat Level 1 course).

It suits complete novices but would also be beneficial to those who already have some boating experience or perhaps own their own powerboat. The minimum age is 12 years old (under-18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).

2 days (16 hours)

The course will run from Cromarty Harbour, on the Black Isle (approx. 40mins drive from Inverness).

  • Detailed tuition from an experienced RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • Use of XS 6.5m RIB training vessel, with 150hp engine
  • Use of 150N auto-inflate lifejacket
  • A comfortable shore base for theory sessions
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits
  • RYA Powerboat Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (if you don’t already have one)
  • RYA certificate on successful completion of course
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm layers (bring spares, as you may get wet)
  • Lightweight, quick-drying trousers (no jeans please)
  • Wellington boots and warm socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Any medication required
  • Packed lunch or money for the local convenience store/bakery
  • Launching and recovery
  • Boat handling
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man overboard
  • Background knowledge including charts, tides, buoyage, passage planning, collision regulations and emergency procedures

Assessment is on a continuous basis. Skills will be introduced and refined throughout the course. Towards the end of the course, students will get the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the practical elements of the syllabus. The certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the syllabus and students will be thoroughly de-briefed.

Should any areas of weakness be identified, extra tuition will be offered and issuing of the certificate will be deferred until competency is achieved in all areas.

If you already have some powerboat experience (at least one season) and wish to obtain the Powerboat Level 2 certificate, you can undertake a short direct assessment. This tests your practical skills on the water, as well as your background knowledge. Please contact us if this of interest.

You will receive a copy of the RYA Start Powerboating book as part of this course, which acts as a useful aide-memoir.

If you wish to develop your knowledge beyond the course, perhaps in readiness for further training, we would recommend the following book:

RYA Powerboat Handbook


Discounts are available for group bookings. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

There are currently no courses scheduled.

This course can be run on demand for groups (min. 2 people). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

On successful completion of the course, students should feel confident handling a powerboat in a variety of situations. They will have the knowledge to plan and undertake short coastal passages in familiar waters, whilst being aware of their own limitations and those of the craft.

As with any training, the key is put your new skills into practice as soon as possible. Using them in context consolidates what you have learnt and builds your confidence. Take the opportunity to use powerboats self-sufficiently as often as possible.

If you wish to use your Powerboat Level 2 certificate to work on the water, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. This requires some additional supporting qualifications, including Sea Survival, Marine Radio SRC, PPR and a medical.

If you wish develop your skills further and you are keen to make longer, more challenging coastal passages by day, then the Intermediate Powerboat course is the next step on the RYA training pathway.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course. 

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. On receipt of full payment, we will provide you with joining instructions.