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We provide RYA courses all year round for both members and non-members.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

Two-day introductory course given you the basic skills needed to get afloat in a small powerboat. Topics covered include mooring, confined space handling, planning speed manuevers, emergency procedures and basic navigation.

No Previous Experience Required!

This course provides the perfect introduction to powerboating.

Two Days

Approx. 09:00 to 17:00 each day.

Ages 12+

Those aged 12 to 15 should be booked onto a 'U16' course. If you would like to attend a course as a family group, this is normally possible. Please call to discuss this.

From £175.00

Members: £175.00
Non-members: £295.00

Key Information

Course Content

Each item on the course syllabus is taught to one of the following levels:

  • 'Knowledge of' = The subject will be briefly explained.
  • 'Understands' = The student can demonstrate a basic understanding and go away from the course able to develop further on their own.
  • ​'Can' = The student can demonstrate good skills in this subject.

The syllabus content includes:

  • Launch and Recovery
  • ​Preparation of Boat and Crew
  • Pre-Start Checks
  • Basic Controls and Boat Handling
  • Securing to a Buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and Coming Alongside
  • Person Overboard and Emergency Procedures
  • Types of Craft, Hull Type, Seating
  • Arrangements and Engines
  • Charts, Chart Symbols and Buoyage
  • Tides and Weather​
  • Pilotage and Passage Planning


Example Programme

The below programme is an indication of how your course may be structured - please be aware that this is an example only and many factors may influence this including weather and candidate progress.

On day one you will be welcomed into our club house with a tour and enjoy meeting your instructor and other course attendees. You will receive a safety brief before being introduced to the boat and the kit onboard. The instructor will take the boat into a safe space and quickly give you the chance to have your first go on the helm! By lunchtime you will understand how the wind and tide affect the boat and have tried basic manuevers including mooring to a buoy. After lunch we will cover confined space turning, and have plenty of opportunities to practice mooring on a pontoon. Everyone gets stuck in with the different roles onboard.

Day two will start with slightly longer ashore, with an introduction to the rules of the road and navigation. You will then put these skills into practice by executing your own passage plan and explore our section of the Western Solent. Keep an eye out for Hurst Castle, Yarmouth and Portsmouth - all can be spotted in the distance on a good day. After coming back ashore for lunch we will practice anchoring and practice some emergency procedures afloat - a great opportunity to put your newfound skills to practice! 

What's Included?

  • RYA Start Powerboating book
  • Certificate (on successful completion of the course)
  • Use of a lifejacket or buoyancy aid for the duration of the course
  • Instructor, boat and fuel costs
  • Tea or coffee on arrival and during ashore sessions


What Will I Need?

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Boots (wellington style, clean)
  • Lots of warm thin layers
  • A passport style photo for the certification process
  • Lunch and snacks to last the day
A comprehensive kit list will be sent as part of the course joining instructions.

Assessment & Course Outcomes

On successful completion, candidates will be awarded the RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate.

This course is continually assessed and the candidate is required to meet a minimum standard to successfully complete it.

We always strive to do everything we can to help a candidate pass, but sometimes this is not possible. In the event the standard is not reached, candidates will be issued with an 'action plan', detailing what needs to actioned in order for the candidate to receive a certificate. Additional training may come at an additional cost. Sometimes we can offer an alternative qualification (such as a Powerboat Level 1). 

Cancellation Policy

Please ensure you are aware of our cancellation policy, available here:


Upcoming Dates and Book Now!

Tuesday 4th to Wednesday 5th June 2024
Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd June
Tuesday 16th to Wednesday 17th July 2024
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st July
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th August
Tuesday 13th to Wednesday 14th August 2024
Tuesday 10th to Wednesday 11th September 2024
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd September 2024
Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th October 2024
Monday 21st to Tuesday 22nd October 2024
Saturday 9th to Sunday 10th November 2024
Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th November 2024
Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th December 2024


We are currently upgrading our online booking system, for launch in January 2024. Unfortunately, we are unable to take online bookings until we complete this.

More courses will become available soon. We are also often able to run a course on a date to suit you - please email [email protected] to discuss.
Friday 9th to Saturday 10th August 2024
Thursday 29th to Friday 30th August 2024



We are currently upgrading our online booking system, for launch in January 2024. Unfortunately, we are unable to take online bookings until we complete this.

More courses will become available soon. We are also often able to run a course on a date to suit you - please email [email protected] to discuss.

If you are struggling to find dates that work for you, we may still be able to arrange a course to suit. Please email our Training Manager, on [email protected] to discuss.

What Makes Our Training So Great?

"Olli was a brilliant instructor. Personable and patient he taught the course in simple, easy to understand language. He assessed his pupils quickly to deliver the course with the right balance of professionalism and fun that we were clearly looking for.​"
"We wanted to thank the instructors for teaching us about powerboats this weekend. We felt we learnt a great deal, although as with all things, the more you know the more you realise there is to learn! We both enjoyed it enormously and are looking forward to practising...maybe when the weather is a little warmer!"
"I have completed the PB2 course and I would just like to pass on my thanks to the instructors who ran a very professional and informative course. All of the instructors were calm, reassuring and patient and I would certainly recommend them to friends!"
"Brilliant day, practiced so much, heaps of thanks given me much more confidence to volunteer when my son sails in the Tera fleet on Saturdays.​"

Our Equipment

We have a varied fleet of powerboats including RIBs, a launch, tiller steered Rigiflexs, and a Cheetah Marine multihull. Haven Jubilee is our go to boat for most powerboat courses. She was launched by our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in 2022 and is fitted with depth sounder and electronic navigation aids.

We have a fleet of over 55 sailing dinghies: from Optimists and Hartley10s to RS Fevas and Topaz Argos - with many classes in between! We invest in our fleet, maintaining our boats to a high standard. We also can't wait to welcome a fleet of RS Zests in early 2024!

Our Facilities

Our clubhouse sits right on the waters edge- it is possible to walk out the classroom door and be on the water in seconds! We have a large pontoon where we store most of our sailing dinghies, with an innovative floating slipway to launch them without having to get wet. It also provides a great space to tie boats up to for lunch limiting the amount of times you have to pull them up the slipway!

Our Sailing Area

We have access to some of the best sailing areas on the South Coast. The sheltered lakes provide a great space to take to the water for the first time and the Western Solent provides a more challenging area for those looking to push themselves.

Our Instructors

Our instructors provide a friendly welcome and bring a wealth of experience to the club. We really couldn't do it without them!