Yacht crew: RYA powerboat level 2 course guide
Written by Michael Henson
If you are a member of crew planning on driving a superyacht tender, you will need to obtain an RYA powerboat level 2 qualification.
A quick summary of the course
The course is an essential qualification for anyone wishing to drive a powerboat or superyacht tender up to 10m. The licence takes around two days to complete and is permanent so does not require renewing. The course is made up of 90% practical work with 10% theory and costs between £199 and £300.
What is powerboat level 2?
The course (sometimes referred to as the national powerboat certificate) offers an overall introduction to power boating and superyacht tender handling and teaches fundamental boat handling and safety skills.
The course provides all the background knowledge needed to drive a yacht tender or powerboat and is the basis for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). It can also be used as a commercial certificate for taking passengers and guests out on the water. It is applicable to all RIBs, tenders and cruisers up to 10 metres.
Why do I need to complete the course?
The course is appropriate for a wide range of people, from beginners wanting to gain skills, to those with a bit more experience looking to gain their powerboat \'license\' and further their careers (the qualification is a fairly straightforward and risk-free route into a career in the marine industry).
Superyacht crew with a powerboat license are at a great advantage when looking for jobs because they are a lot more flexible and essentially able to do more responsibilities on board the yacht. Further to this, crew who drive the tender will also be more likely to be retained in the low season due to the diversity of their abilities.
Crew pre requisites
Anyone can attend this course and you don’t need to have attended the RYA Level 1 course prior. This course is suitable for anyone at any level.
Minimum age of 12 years applies; certificates for under 16s will be endorsed as ‘qualified under the supervision of a responsible adult’.
What to take with you to your training?
It’s useful to bring with you, paper and pencil for notes and some lunch (however some training schools include lunch).
All equipment including wet weather gear and equipment should be provided by any reputable trainer, however wear sensible shoes, warm clothes and a change of clothes.
Furthermore bring a passport photo with you, because the certificate that is issued is a photo certificate, and therefore it can’t be processed without your photo.