The Power Boat II certificate is something that every deckhand simply has to hold. It is also advisable for steward/stewardesses, other interior staff as well as engineers to be powerboat level II certified. This two-day entry-level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat professionally. It is seen as a good starting point for the crew who are required to handle tenders.
The majority of the course is practical with a short theory classroom session. The theory learning will continue during the practical training and assessment. The course usually takes two days to complete, weather permitting. Once the license has been awarded it is permanent and does not require renewing. The topics covered are as follows:
- Collision regulations
- Emergency procedures
- Basic chart work and navigation
- Briefing and practical overview
- Execution of class theory
- Launching and recovery
- Confined space manoeuvring
- Man overboard procedure
- Engine checks
- High-speed handling
Powerboat level 2 certificate outcome:
Apart from providing a strong base upon which powerboat handling skills can be built upon, the powerboat level 2 course is the basis for the ICC (International certificate of competence). It can also be used to transport guests and passengers, in tenders and up to 10m in length.
Having the powerboat 2 certificate is also a prerequisite for further training courses such as the RYA Tender Operator, and Advanced Powerboat exams. The benchmark and required level of competence for yacht crew are rising and we see an increasing demand for crew with higher qualifications, especially on vessels with tenders over 10m.