RYA Powerboat Training

Powerboat.London offers RYA accredited training with Focus Marine – a Recognised Training Centre that offers powerboat, VHF, and First Aid training on the Thames in London. 

Solo

from £1650

(1-to-1 private tuition)

RYA Level 2 Certification
Custom course timings
Boat charter and fuel
No other candidates on board
Own boat tuition (optional)
ICC fees (optional)

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Group

from £483/per person

Book 3 places and save £96.00
(Discount applied automatically)

RYA Level 2 Certification
Boat charter and fuel
Up to 3 candidates per boat
ICC fees apply (optional)

Our Standard courses require a minimum of two candidates in order to run. In the event that insufficient candidates book onto a course, we will contact you to arrange a refund or offer you alternative dates (subject to availability). 

Minimum age: 12 years old (candidates under 16 must be accompanied by an adult booking)

New!

Introducing: Youth courses

We welcome candidates aged 12 upwards onto any of our courses, but to provide opportunity for younger candidates to enjoy the best learning experience we’re currently offering the following dates for candidates aged 12-19 years old

On youth courses there will be a maximum of three students (all aged 12-19) per boat. Classroom sessions may be delivered in larger groups with candidates of all ages.
For group bookings of 3+ candidates we can also look to run youth courses on additional dates, subject to instructor availability. Contact us to find out more…

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Nigel LeakeyNigel Leakey
08:02 30 Aug 23
Did the RYA First Aid Course yesterday. The Instructor, Stefan, was brilliant. He had a really in depth knowledge of his subject (ex RNLI and London Ambulance Service), was an excellent communicator and made the course both interesting and enjoyable.
Alexander KalisAlexander Kalis
10:25 22 Jul 23
Andrew HughesAndrew Hughes
06:44 18 Jul 23
What a fantastic two days, thanks to Steffan and Alex. Enjoyable, informative, and engaging, I certainly feel more confident on the waters thanks to these two.
Xavier SwiderskiXavier Swiderski
17:20 17 Jul 23
Great instructors and training.
Isabel UpstoneIsabel Upstone
09:32 16 Jul 23
olivier-thomas wadeolivier-thomas wade
11:27 23 Jun 23
Absolutely fabulous powerboat training. If you can don't wait as long as I did and go for it. Challenge yourself and have fun with the outstanding tuition, coaching and tips that will grow you in a demanding and fun way. Many thanks to Steff !
Justin TinneJustin Tinne
17:09 08 Jun 23
Both my son and I have just completed the level 2 RYA powerboat course, run by Steffan and Andy in Chiswick. They display great attention to detail and make the whole practical and theoretical learning process not only straightforward but also enjoyable. It was a great place to do the course.
Jasper LevineJasper Levine
18:05 14 May 23
I recently had the pleasure of completing my Level Two Powerboat course at Focus Marine, and I must say that Steffan and Peter, the instructors, were nothing short of extraordinary. Their extensive knowledge and expertise in the field made for an exceptional learning experience.From the very beginning, it was evident that Steffan and Peter possessed a deep understanding of powerboating. They effortlessly conveyed complex concepts in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that every participant could grasp the essential skills required. Their ability to break down intricate maneuvers into manageable steps was particularly commendable, making the learning process both engaging and effective.Throughout the course, Steffan and Peter demonstrated an impressive attention to detail. They were always meticulous in their explanations and provided comprehensive answers to any questions raised by the participants. It was evident that they had an unwavering commitment to ensuring that every student understood the material thoroughly.Furthermore, the passion Steffan and Peter exhibited for powerboating was infectious. Their enthusiasm was palpable, which not only created a positive and motivating atmosphere but also encouraged participants to embrace their own excitement for the sport. Their genuine love for powerboating was truly inspiring, and it added an extra layer of enjoyment to the course.Another notable aspect of their teaching approach was their hands-on approach to learning. Steffan and Peter encouraged active participation, allowing us to apply the theoretical knowledge we acquired in real-world scenarios. They provided ample opportunities for practical exercises, giving us the chance to hone our skills under their expert guidance. Their patient and supportive demeanor helped build confidence, ensuring that each student could navigate the powerboat with competence and poise.Overall, Steffan and Peter at Focus Marine deserve the highest accolades for their exceptional knowledge and expertise. Their ability to convey complex concepts in an accessible manner, their attention to detail, and their unwavering passion for powerboating were truly outstanding. I highly recommend their courses to anyone seeking to enhance their powerboating skills or embark on a thrilling journey into the world of boating.
Kunal MistryKunal Mistry
19:48 09 May 23
Highly recommended. Course surpassed expectations and the course instructors were great. Lots of practical experience on the boats, small groups and professional throughout. Very receptive to questions throughout and highly recommended and professional organisation and team.
Robbie JackRobbie Jack
00:25 09 May 23
An incredibly helpful and enjoyable course that I fully recommend to anyone looking to attain their Powerboat Level 2 License. Steff and John (the course leaders) are the most amazing people and truly made my weekend whilst also giving me the guidance I needed to improve my boat driving and general safety and skills around the boat. Huge thank you to you both for having me and for such a brilliant powerboat course!
Anna TuckeyAnna Tuckey
08:53 25 Apr 23
Superb few days with Steffan and Sam on the river. We did a private course for 6 of us and thoroughly enjoyed the process. Couldn't recommend more highly.
Laurence FumagalliLaurence Fumagalli
10:00 17 Apr 23
Super course. Great instructors. Very valuable. Useful for "experts" and beginners. Really good development as the course progressed to its finale. Amazing what can be experienced and achieved on the relatively confined Thames Tideway.
Andrii OliinykAndrii Oliinyk
20:06 14 Apr 23
Thanks a lot to Steffan & Chris for the excellent work they are doing. Lots of very useful information and practical knowledge were given. Highly recommend that place if you're thinking to do the training. The coffee station was fantastic 🙂
Ian LeslieIan Leslie
13:21 30 Nov 22
Fantastic two days of learning various skills with a powerboat on the water. Great team, great training and very friendly. Parking is limited nearby if you're driving but is available nearby if you use some of the parking space apps
Luther KnightLuther Knight
10:15 15 Aug 22
Steff & Luke were awesome throughout the course, there are no questions these guys can't answer from navigating charts, to servicing engines. Overall the course was very well paced, with the guys thoroughly engaged through every step from your knot-ties on the pontoon through high speed U-Turns on the river, with safety as a primary objective.I would recommend this course to anyone thinking about it; I certainly feel prepared and confident to hit the waters!
Lisa CollinsLisa Collins
00:31 14 Aug 22
Steffan & Luke are both fantastic instructors: patient, calm, unflappable, confidence inspiring, approachable, down to earth & very funny, with a teaching style that is relaxed, informal & fun! Everything you could want in an instructor really!The information & topics covered are all useful & very relevant, & leave you feeling inspired & confident in your own abilities.Well worth the money & the most fun I’ve had in ages!!Thank-you so much chaps!!👍🏻👍🏻👌🏻I DO wish I hadn’t done the course with my other half though, or on two of the hottest days of the year!!😬🥵So let that be a lesson for you!!😉
Noémi BatesNoémi Bates
20:12 01 Aug 22
Excellent course - highly recommended! Both the theory and the practical aspects of the two-day course were well prepared and thought out. I've learned a lot and feel inspired to further my boating skills.
Phil CoxonPhil Coxon
16:30 25 Jul 22
A really enjoyable course at a good pace and good reinforcement of important drills like docking and man overboard. Steff and Peter did an excellent job of giving us the key information in a way that was easy to understand and apply! Would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to start boating.
Dariusz RudanieckiDariusz Rudaniecki
14:47 23 Jul 22
Well prepared course, a lots of knowledge in two days. Theory and practice on high standards supported by great team.Money well invested and highly recommend course.Despite the fact that I have some experience on water- I learn a lot.Everyone was engaged and supportive.Great experience.Preparing for next experience withFocus Marine
Darren GormanDarren Gorman
08:49 18 Jul 22
Excellent experience doing my RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling with Focus Marine.All three instructors (Steffan, Jenny & Peter) were all very helpful, personable and knowledgeable. Both days were very well structured - we got lucky with the weather and there were plenty of opportunities to practice manoeuvres and skills on the tidal Thames.Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of starting out on a powerboat or honing/sharpening their skills.
Giles HartillGiles Hartill
19:18 17 Jul 22
Excellent training experience. Highly recommended. Ideal location in West London off Chiswick Pier.
Dan BuckleyDan Buckley
14:30 04 Jul 22
Steffan and Jenny were absolutely marvellous. A thoroughly entertaining and informative course that I am delighted I attended. I would wholeheartedly recommend. Thanks guys!
Harry BalfourHarry Balfour
11:38 27 Jun 22
Absolutely amazing experience! Steffan and Jenny were fantastic teachers and made the whole course both interesting and informative.
Giovanni FavaloroGiovanni Favaloro
19:36 24 Jun 22
Really friendly young instructors. Had a great time. Would recommend!
Jason BartholomewJason Bartholomew
15:33 10 Jun 22
Steffan's Powerboat course was perfect. It is a two day course, and you really pack in a lot of technical knowledge with hand's on boating practice. Steffan and his team were incredible courterous, professional, and fun. I would highly recommend this course!
David NewellDavid Newell
18:09 05 Jun 22
A really excellent 2-day powerboat level 2 course. The Instructors delivered the material in a supportive and friendly way. I joined the course with no experience and I left feeling fully prepared to take control of a powered boat for the very first time.I can whole heartedly recommed learning with Focus Marine.
Ross BettridgeRoss Bettridge
13:48 16 May 22
If you want to get out on the water and obtain your ICC I can highly recommend Steffan and his team at Focus Marine. Steffan's approach to learning was informative but fun, with plenty of practical time out on the water.
Caroline KirkmanCaroline Kirkman
09:48 10 May 22
What a fantastically fun way to spend a sunny weekend. I feel so much more confident in my ability to operate a powerboat (having never driven one ever before) and Steff always made me feel safe with his calm and patient manner. Highly recommend this course and Steff's knowledge is amazing in all areas of boating and navigation. Hope to do more courses with Focus Marine soon
Ricardo MoralRicardo Moral
10:35 25 Oct 21
I did the Powerboat Level 2 course with Focus Marine last week and it was a great experience. The course was clear ,and its provided extensive practice opportunities. I would definitely recommend Focus Marine to anybody willing to take RYA courses.
Francis Flavard-JonesFrancis Flavard-Jones
17:09 18 Oct 21
Great instructor! Really enjoyed the 2 days Powerboat Level 2 course! Instructor was patient and his explanation were very clear!I strongly recommend Focus Marine!
alex jabouralex jabour
18:52 10 Oct 21
I just completed a great weekend and achieved my powerboat 2 course. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It was enjoyable and full of great information delivered by Steffan who was a great teacher and a lovely guy. Thanks to Powerboat London. 5 stars.
Marcus WattsMarcus Watts
12:44 07 Oct 21
Practical and enjoyable training. Highly recommended.
Steffan instructed my son and I on a RYA powerboat level 2. Had a fantastic weekend. Great instructor and have already recommended him to friends and family
Charlie GirardotCharlie Girardot
19:22 02 Sep 21
Tim BourneTim Bourne
08:21 31 Aug 21
Cant recommend Powerboat 32 course or out instructor Steffan Ciccotti highly enough - amazing two days!
Tim SteggalsTim Steggals
20:25 02 Aug 21
I have just taken my RYA VHF exam with Focus Marine under the first class leadership of Steffan. The whole experience was extremely professional and communication from pre booking through to arrival was excellent. Steffan did his best to make the 4 of us feel comfortable given the exam conditions and I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of all areas of marine navigation and vhf use. He was particularly skilled at tailoring the practical side of the assessment to suit the varying technical proficiency levels of the group. Focus Marine also offer other RYA courses including Level 2 power boat and I can't recommend them highly enough.
Andrew BatchelorAndrew Batchelor
10:07 28 Jul 21
Fantastic course with Steffan - really enjoyed it, very professional, informative and patient, even with my 13yr old! Highly recommend Steffan for anyone who wants to obtain the Powerboat 2 licence.
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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 Syllabus

Theory topics

Equipment

Clothing and equipment

Types of craft

Propulsion systems

Environment

Launch and recovery

Tides and tidal streams

Weather 

Navigation

Watchkeeping

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

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 syllabus is suitable for novices, with no prior experience required!

Introductory skills

Boat familiarisation 

Slow speed handling

Holding off

High Speed manoeuvres

Planing 

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

Anchoring

Mooring alongside a pontoon

Emergencies

Person Overboard – standard approach

Person Overboard – drift-down method

Recovery of Person Overboard into craft

Navigation

Use of steering compass 

Execute basic passage plan

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC)

Upon successful completion of the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course, candidates may submit an application to the RYA to obtain an International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) for the category of “Power up to 10m” – subject to eligbility (see below). 

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 charge a certificate fee of £50 for issue of the ICC (free for RYA members!), which is valid for 5 years. 

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 RYA membership at the point of application. 

CEVNI

If you require the inland category to be validated on your ICC (this is required for use of inland waterways – rivers, canal systems and lakes in Europe), you will need to complete a CEVNI theory test. For full details, supporting materials/resources, and test bookings, please visit: www.focusmarine.co.uk/cevni

Vessels up to

0 m
max length

Accepted in

1 +
UNECE Countries

Valid for

0
years

Covid-19 risk mitigation

We are constantly reviewing our policies in line with the latest government guidelines. 

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. 

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Find us:

We operate from Chiswick Pier, located off Corney Reach Way in London W4.

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