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The RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus is suitable for candidates aged 12 upwards,  with no prior experience required.

The syllabus covers a range of essential theory and practical topics for recreational boat users.

Upon successful completion of the PB2 course, candidates can submit an application to the RYA to obtain their ICC (subject to eligibility).

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Training

Southbank Sailing Club is an accredited RYA Training Centre running powerboat courses in London on the tidal Thames. 


from £987/per person

(1-to-1 private tuition)

RYA Level 2 Certification
Boat charter and fuel
No other candidates on board
ICC fees apply (optional)

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from £363/per person

(3+ places on weekday courses)

RYA Level 2 Certification
Boat charter and fuel
ICC fees apply (optional)

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Syllabus

Theory topics


Clothing and equipment

Types of craft

Propulsion systems


Launch and recovery

Tides and tidal streams




Introduction to charts & symbols

Buoyage systems

GPS/Electronic nav

Pilotage and passage planning

Emergency procedures

Distress signals

Cold water shock

Immersion hypothermia

Disabled craft

Advice for restricted visibility

Fire precautions and fire fighting

Man Overboard procedure

Practical syllabus

Introductory skills

Boat familiarisation 

Slow speed handling

Holding off

High Speed manoeuvres


High speed turns 

Trim tabs & power trim

Close Quarters

Turning in a confined space

Turning using springs 

Leaving and coming alongside in a range of conditions (wind & tide) 

Mooring and Berthing

Approach and securing to a mooring buoy


Mooring alongside a pontoon


Man Overboard – standard approach

Man Overboard – drift-down method

Recovery of Man Overboard into craft


Use of steering compass 

Execute basic passage plan

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The ICC is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. 

It is issued by the RYA in the United Kingdom to British Nationals and UK Residents (of any nationality), aged 16 or older.

If you are neither a British national nor resident in the UK, check here whether the RYA can issue your ICC 

The RYA currently charges a certificate fee of £47 for issue of the ICC (free for RYA members!)

The cost of RYA membership is equivalent to (or in some cases less than) the cost of ICC certification; for non-members, it is worth considering using the membership sign-up option on the back of the ICC form at the point of application. 

Vessels up to

0 m
max length

Accepted in

1 +
UNECE Countries

Safety and hygiene

Keeping everyone safe on the water is our top priority, and this means running our sessions slightly differently to the way we would usually. 

Covid-19 risk mitigation

We will be delivering some of our theory teaching virtually, using a Zoom remote classroom, as well as making use of time outdoors and on the water to cover theory topics in-person. 

We have arranged moorings at at Chiswick Pier to minimise use of launch and recovery equipment and manual handling of craft at our usual slipway-launched site in Putney.

Upon arrival

Hand-sanitising facilities for use by all candidates upon arrival

Theory sessions

Delivered virtually and whilst afloat, in order to minimise indoor contact-time

Outdoors & whilst afloat

Face coverings to be worn wherever 2m+ distancing cannot be maintained

Cleaning regime

Individual kill-cords issued at the start of the course, and helm station/controls cleaned between use

Find us:

Southbank sailing club’s RYA Training facility is located on the Putney embankment, about a 5-minute walk West of Putney Bridge. However, to minimise use of launch and recovery equipment and manual handling of craft at our usual slipway-launched site in Putney, we are currently arranging temporary moorings for our training vessels at Chiswick Pier, located off Corney Reach Way in London W4.

Please check your joining instructions for detailed information about where to join your course.