Power Boat Level 2

This two-day course provides the skills and knowledge needed to drive a powerboat

and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

Course Journey

  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS

    This two-day entry level course and it is recommended that you have already completed our Power Boat Level 1 course.

  • COURSE AIM

    This course introduces you to further basic skills and knowledge required to become a self-sufficient motor boat driver.

  • ABILITY AFTER COURSE

    You will be confident and self-sufficient aboard a motor boat, capable of driving under supervision in light, fair conditions.

  • NEXT STEP

    We recommend progressing to our Helmsman Practical course.

Course DetailsCOURSE DETAILS

This two day course provides all you need to know for self-sufficient power boating at a basic level and competency. The course may be conducted in a variety of boat types, both planning and displacement, and the certificate issued will be endorsed to show the types(s) of boat in which the training took place. The ratio of students to instructor will be a maximum of 3:1.

Pre-course Experience

You do not need any experience for this course, but it may be preceded by Power Boat Level 1.

Course Content

This course covers launching, mooring, anchoring and includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Duration – 2 Days

Minimum Age

The minimum age for this course is 12. 12 to 16 year olds will receive a Level 2 certificate which will be endorsed. The holder should only use powered craft under supervision of a responsible adult.

Ability after Course

You will be a self-sufficient power boater in the right conditions; aware of your own limitations and
those of the craft.

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SYLLABUS

Below is a list of the topics for study and practice involved in this course.

Section A – Practical

Launching and Recovery
Knowledge of:

• Use of trailer or launching trolley
• Consideration of launching and sea conditions, including hazards and obstructions
• Number of persons required to launch/recover
• Construction, width and condition of slipway
• Steep/slippery slipways, beach launching, lee shores
• Care of trailer bearings, hitch, lashings, ties, lights and winch
• Trailer parking

Can:

• Prepare the boat, lines, fenders, safety equipment, fuel tanks, lines and secure gear on board

Boat Handling
Knowledge of:

• Loading: effect on handing and performance, effect on balance and trim, CE plate and manufacturers recommendation
• Displacement boats: handling ahead and astern, carrying way

Understands:

• Crew Members: minimum number in high speed craft, keeping a look out
• Awareness of other water users, including effect of wash
• Steering, controls, effect of current or tidal stream
• High speed manoeuvring: planning, trim tabs and power trim
• Planning boats: propeller angle and immersion, shallow drive, high/low speed handing, tiller/console steering

Can:

• Carry out pre-start checks, engine starting and stopping
• Demonstrate the use of an appropriate length kill cord at all times
• Carry out low speed manoeuvres including: turning in a confined area, effect of wind on bow and holding off.
• Demonstrate an awareness of the danger of flooding when going astern
•Carry out high speed manoeuvres including S-turns and U-turns

Securing to a Buoy
Understands:

• Preparation of mooring warp
• Use of boat hook
• Method of approach
• Crew communication
• Making fast
• Procedure when over shooting

Can:

• Approach and secure to a buoy

Anchoring
Knowledge of:

• Types of anchor
• Stowage and attachment to boat
• Preparation of anchor, chain and warp
• Weighing anchor

Understands:

• Method of approach in various conditions
• Taking way off
• Crew communication
• Check holding
• Depth of water, holding ground, scope required

Can:

• Approach and anchor correctly
• Weigh anchor correctly

Leaving and Coming Alongside
Understands:

• Preparation and use of painter, lines and tenders, attachment to boat stowage under way
• Speed and angle of approach
• Wind effect
• Method of approach in tidal stream or current

Can:

• Make fast alongside
• Use springs
• Leave – ahead or astern

Man Overboard
Knowledge of:

• Recovery of man overboard

Can:

• Take immediate action
• Observe the man overboard
• Carry out the correct return with awareness of propeller
• Approach and recover the man in the water

Section B – Theory

Knowledge of:

• Types of craft: advantages and disadvantages of different hull forms with respect to sea keeping ability
• Engine and drives: advantages and disadvantages of outboard, inboard and outdrive units, single and twin screws, choice and use of fuels
• Sitting of fuel tanks, fuel lines, batteries, wiring, fire extinguishers
• Routine engine maintenance checks, basic fault diagnosis
• Close down procedure
• Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters
• Use and limitations of GPS
• Application of local bylaws, especially around commercial shipping
• Sources of weather information

Understands:

• Awareness of other water users
• Communication with other craft – hand and sound signals
• Disabled craft
• Emergency action, preventing sinking
• Adrift – alternative means of propulsion
• Towing and being towed
• Fire precautions and fire fighting
• Rope work
• Distress signals and the May Day call

Can:

• Apply IRPCS, principally rules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 -19

Section C – Coastal

Knowledge of:

• Pilotage and passage planning
• CG66 Small Craft Safety Scheme

Understands:

• Charts, chats symbols, bouyage systems
• Tides and tidal streams

Can:

• Use steering and hand bearing compasses
• Apply Section A on coastal waters

  • Training with Phil Jackson of Suncoast gave us the confidence to use our boat in all conditions and to cruise new areas. The teaching was highly professional and informative but also relaxed and fun! If you have a boat, or are thinking of buying one, remember to invest a bit of money in yourself. Get confident, ring Suncoast.

    Neil & Janice McLachlan
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